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  • Medicare premiums could rise for many retirees

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They may not agree on much else, but there’s a change to Medicare that President Barack Obama and Republicans both support: Expand a little-known law so more …


  • Discounts abound as stores try to salvage season

    NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to fat holiday discounts, better late than never. This holiday shopping season, many stores haven’t been offering the same blockbuster deals as they …


  • Facebook users hit ‘like,’ stores jump into action

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook isn’t just for goofy pictures and silly chatter. Whether shoppers know it or not, their actions online help dictate what’s in stores during this holiday …


  • Holiday shoppers may see big discounts soon

    NEW YORK (AP) — If shoppers don’t show up in stores soon, more “70 percent off” sale signs will. After a promising start to the holiday shopping season over the …


  • After Sandy, NYC pins housing hope on repairs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facing Superstorm Sandy’s daunting toll of wreckage and displacement in the nation’s largest city, officials have put much of their hopes and hundreds of millions of …


  • Holiday shopping season off to record start

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you make holiday shopping convenient, Americans will come in droves. It’s estimated that U.S. shoppers hit stores and websites at record numbers over the Thanksgiving …


  • Black Friday creeps into Thanksgiving permanently?

    This season could mark the end of Black Friday as we know it. For decades, stores have opened their doors in the wee hours on the day after Thanksgiving. But …


  • Earlier Black Friday kicks off shopping season

    This year’s Black Friday shoppers were split into two distinct groups: those who wanted to fall into a turkey-induced slumber and those who’d rather shop. Stores typically open in the …


  • Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season

    Black Friday got off to its earliest start ever as the nation’s shoppers put down their turkey and headed straight to the malls. Stores typically open in the wee hours …


  • Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season

    Black Friday got off to its earliest start ever as the nation’s shoppers put down their turkey and headed straight to the malls. Stores typically open in the wee hours …


  • Thanksgiving parade brings cheer to storm-hit NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off in New York on Thursday, putting a festive mood in the air in a city still coping with …


  • Americans to mark holiday with family, festivities

    NEW YORK (AP) — Airports, train stations and highways were expected to remain busy Thursday as people made their way home to reconnect with family and friends for Thanksgiving — …


  • Stores try to make holiday shopping cheap and easy

    NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, Burger King won’t be the only place where you can have it your way. It used to be enough for stores to promise …


  • More Thanksgiving travelers driving to save money

    CHICAGO (AP) — Feeling the pinch of the sluggish economic recovery, many Americans setting out on the nation’s annual Thanksgiving migration sacrificed summer vacations, relied on relatives for airfare or …


  • Stores borrow from fast-food industry’s playbook

    NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, Burger King won’t be the only place where you can have it your way. It used to be enough for stores to promise …


  • Economy means sacrifice for Thanksgiving travelers

    CHICAGO (AP) — Feeling the pinch of the sluggish economic recovery, many Americans setting out on the nation’s annual Thanksgiving migration had to sacrifice summer vacations, rely on relatives for …


  • J.C. Penney CEO tries to change the way we shop

    NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson seems unfazed that the department store chain’s mounting losses and sales declines have led to growing criticism of his plan to …


  • Wal-Mart and Target: A tale of 2 discounters

    NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, the biggest discount chains in the U.S. will tell the tale of two very different shoppers: those that have and those that have …


  • More American workers to pick their insurance

    For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and …


  • Census: New gauge shows high of 49.7M poor in US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of America’s poor edged up last year to a high of 49.7 million, based on a new census measure that takes into account medical costs …


  • Penney is the day’s biggest stock loser

    NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney Co. executives may be confident in the department-store chain’s everyday low pricing strategy, but its investors are panicking. The company’s stock fell more than …


  • Penney is biggest S&P stock loser

    NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney Co. executives may be confident in the department-store chain’s everyday pricing strategy, but investors are panicking. The company’s stock fell nearly 11 percent on …


  • J.C. Penney reports hefty 3Q loss

    NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney Co. is hoping it has finally hit rock bottom. The bad news just keeps getting worse for the struggling department-store chain, which on Friday …


  • Calif. city plans to provide transgender surgeries

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents. The city’s …


  • Friends, family pay tribute to late-Sen. McGovern

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Friends, family and former colleagues paused before the flag-draped casket of former U.S. Sen. George McGovern on Thursday to pay tribute to the liberal Democrat …


  • Study: Privatized Medicare would raise premiums

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly six in 10 Medicare recipients would pay higher premiums under a hypothetical privatized system along the lines of what Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has proposed, …


  • Sniping from within GOP adds to Romney’s struggles

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney struggled to steady his presidential campaign on Friday, buffeted by an outbreak of sniping among frustrated Republicans, fresh evidence of a slide in battleground state …


  • Text of Obama’s acceptance speech

    Text of President Barack Obama’s remarks Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention, as provided by the Obama campaign: ___


  • Transcript of Barack Obama’s remarks

    A transcript of President Barack Obama’s remarks Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention, as provided by the Obama campaign: ___


  • Dems twist jobs numbers and GOP Medicare ideas

    WASHINGTON (AP) — On Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, speakers cherry-picked employment numbers to make President Barack Obama’s record on jobs look better than it is and misrepresented …


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