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Winning tickets sought in $588M Powerball jackpot

DEARBORN, Mo. (AP) — The search is on for the country’s newest multimillionaires, the holders of two tickets that matched all six numbers to split a record $588 million Powerball …


Retailers report weak sales gains for November

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday was no match for Sandy. Major retailers from Target to Macy’s reported weak November sales as the strong start to the holiday shopping season …


$588M Powerball jackpot tickets sold in Ariz., Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two lucky ticket holders — one in Arizona and another in Missouri — are waking up Thursday to new lives as multimillionaires after the largest …


1 of 2 lottery jackpot tickets sold in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of the two winning Powerball tickets for an estimated $587.5 million jackpot was sold in the Kansas City area. Missouri Lottery spokesman Gary Gonder …


2 tickets strike gold in record Powerball jackpot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The richest Powerball jackpot ever — and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history — has been won. The question is: Who are the …


Peanut butter plant closure angers New Mexico town

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Farmers in a revered peanut-growing region along the New Mexico-Texas border should be celebrating one of the best harvests in recent memory. Instead, millions of pounds …


Judge orders tobacco companies to say they lied

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and that disclose smoking’s health effects, …


Lines by Madonna and other celebs pop up in stores

This holiday season you’re likely to spot singer Jennifer Lopez in Kohl’s. You could get a peek at pop music icon Madonna in Macy’s. You might even catch a glimpse …


Record Powerball result of changes to boost sales

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The historic Powerball jackpot boosted to $500 million on Tuesday was all part of a plan lottery officials put in place early this year to …


FDA suspends operations at peanut butter plant

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on a New Mexico peanut butter plant that had repeated food safety violations over several years, using new authority …


FDA halts operations at peanut butter plant

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration halted operations of the country’s largest organic peanut butter processor Monday, cracking down on salmonella poisoning for the first time with new …


All items in ‘12 Days of Christmas’ now top $107K

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Add seven swans, six geese and five golden rings to the list of Christmas gifts that cost more than they did a year ago. And if you …


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 …


Cyber Monday likely to be busiest online sales day

NEW YORK (AP) — Bye-bye Black Friday. So long Small Business Saturday. Now, it’s Cyber Monday’s turn. Cyber Monday, coined in 2005 by a shopping trade group that noticed online …


No Powerball winner; jackpot goes to record $425M

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery officials say nobody has won the Powerball jackpot and the top prize will now increase to about $425 million for the next drawing, the …


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 …


Cash-strapped post office tests same-day delivery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Emboldened by rapid growth in e-commerce shipping, the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is moving aggressively this holiday season to start a premium service for the Internet shopper …


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 …


Cash-strapped post office tests same-day delivery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Emboldened by rapid growth in e-commerce shipping, the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is moving aggressively this holiday season to start a premium service for the Internet shopper …


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 …


PIRG warns of toy dangers but finds fewer of them

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toys are safer than ever before, consumer advocates say, but parents should remain vigilant in keeping their little ones away from powerful magnets and small items that …


Consumer group warns of dangers on store shelves

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Dora the Explorer guitar, dragster cars with small wheels and finger-fidget desktop magnets are among the toys that consumer advocates are warning about as the holiday …


Twinkies maker Hostess lives at least another day

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Twinkies will live to see another day. Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union agreed on Monday to try to resolve their differences after …


What happens if Twinkies really do go away?

Let’s not panic. We all know that Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder bread and the rest of Hostess Brands’ oddly everlasting foods aren’t going away any time soon, even if the …


J.C. Penney Co. at a Glance

NEW YORK (AP) — THE COMPANY: J.C. Penney Co. is a mid-priced department store chain that sells clothes, shoes and household goods HEADQUARTERS: Plano, Texas


The birth of J.C. Penney’s leader

NEW YORK (AP) — NAME: Ron Johnson OCCUPATION: Chief executive officer of J.C. Penney Co.


J.C. Penney’s journey from 1 store to 1,100

NEW YORK (AP) — A look at J.C. Penney’s milestones: —1902: James Cash Penney, son of a Baptist preacher and farmer, opens The Golden Rule, a dry goods and clothing …


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 …