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Donation received

YOUNGSTOWN

Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley recently received a gift of $4,500 from Susie Schultz, owner of “Blush Boutique,” located in the Adamas Building in Boardman.

Holiday travel

YOUNGSTOWN

AAA forecasts 107.3 million Americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation during the year-end holiday period from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1.

This will be the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year.

Toys for Tots

WARREN

Warren-based Covelli Enterprises, Panera Bread’s largest franchisee, is set to partner once again with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for December.

The partnership, which has spanned more than 35 years and resulted in more than $500,000 donated, will include a $15,000 donation, a $1,000 toy display at the Elm Road Panera Bread in Warren, and fundraising through the “Community Bread Boxes” in all Mahoning Valley area Panera Bread bakery-cafes.

This year, however, the company has taken its support to a new level, committing the Community Bread Box canister donations from every Covelli-owned bakery-cafe across seven states.

Stocks lower

NEW YORK

Health care companies and banks drove U.S. stocks lower Thursday, pulling the major indexes below their recent highs.

The afternoon slide, which erased gains from earlier in the day, came on news that some Republican senators’ support for the GOP’s proposed tax overhaul bill was faltering.

The losses outweighed gains among retailers, which got a boost from a government report showing that retail sales jumped in November.

Staff/wire reports

Selected local stocks

STOCK, DIVIDENDCLOSECHANGE

Alcoa Inc., .1242.210.35

Aqua America, .71 37.57-0.02

Avalon Holdings,2.050.03

Chemical Bank, .2753.85-0.12Community Health Sys.4.16 -0.30

Cortland Bancorp, .2819.75-0.25

Farmers Nat., .1614.60-0.40

First Energy, 1.44 32.11-0.15

Fifth/Third, .5229.65-0.28

FirstMerit Corp.,--

First Niles Financial, .1211.000.00

FNB Corp., .4813.58-0.15

General Motors, 1.5240.80-0.60

General Electric, .9217.66-0.10

Huntington Bank, .28 14.44-0.14

iHeartMedia Inc.,0.61-0.04

JP Morgan Chase, 1.92104.70-0.81

Key Corp, .3419.51-0.19

LaFarge, .34--

Macy’s, 1.51 24.82-0.63

Parker Hannifin, 2.52 191.69-3.02

PNC, 2.20142.97-0.86

Simon Prop. Grp., 6.60165.64-0.19

Stoneridge 22.720.06

United Comm. Fin., .12 9.31-0.19

Selected prices from Thursday’s 4 p.m. close.

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