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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 …


Medicare premiums going up $5 a month for 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare premiums are going up $5 a month in 2013, the government said Friday. It’s less than expected, but still enough to eat up about one-fourth of …


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 …


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 …


Documents: Money woes for Fla. family in scandal

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When news vans camped outside her stately home, a Florida socialite tied to the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal fell back on her informal credentials as …


Deficit talks will test the GOP focus on tax rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders say the government can raise tax “revenues” without raising tax “rates.” But they have yet to detail how they would pursue it. The distinction might …


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 …


States get more time to work on health care plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to show flexibility without slowing down President Barack Obama’s health care law, the administration said Friday states can have more time to work out their roles …


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 …


Claims about flood-damaged cars aren’t true

DETROIT (AP) — In the days since Superstorm Sandy, an alarming prediction has flashed across the Internet: Hundreds of thousands of flood-damaged vehicles will inundate the nation’s used-car market, and …


IRS extends deadline for storm-hit taxpayers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS is giving taxpayers and tax preparers hit by Hurricane Sandy an extra week to file returns and make payments. The tax agency says the relief …


Disabled patients to benefit from Medicare change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of Medicare patients with severe chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer’s would get continuing access to rehab and other services under a change agreed to by the …


Draft order would give companies cyberthreat info

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new White House executive order would direct U.S. spy agencies to share the latest intelligence about cyberthreats with companies operating electric grids, water plants, railroads and …


Social Security benefits get a 1.7 percent bump

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 56 million Americans on Social Security will get raises averaging $19 a month come January, one of the smallest hikes since automatic adjustments for inflation …


Marijuana backers courting conservatives

DENVER (AP) — It’s not all hippies backing November’s marijuana legalization votes in Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Appealing to Western individualism and a mistrust of federal government, activists have lined …


Rise in California gas price slows, remains record

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The rise in California gasoline prices has slowed after recent jarring increases, but nonetheless the cost of a gallon inched up to another record high, even …


Gas prices set California record

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California has set a state record for gasoline prices — but the hikes may be slowing. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report for Tuesday says the …


Officials hope ‘winter-blend’ gas will drop prices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State leaders — and drivers — hope to see gasoline prices drop soon, now that California officials have approved the release of “winter-blend” fuel that is …


Release of ‘winter-blend’ gas could reduce prices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State air pollution regulators said Monday that California’s air quality is not expected to worsen appreciably after the governor ordered the release of a dirtier blend …


Calif. gov takes action as gas prices keep rising

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is taking action in an effort to drive down the cost of gasoline as California drivers cope with record-breaking prices at the pump. …


Calif. gas prices hit record high 2nd straight day

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California motorists faced another day of record-breaking gasoline prices Sunday, though relief appeared to be on the way. In its latest update early Sunday, AAA reported …


Calif. gasoline prices hit all-time high - twice

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California motorists faced another day of record-breaking gasoline prices Sunday, though relief appeared to be on the way. In its latest update early Sunday, AAA reported …