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This holiday season, they've expanded the scope and scale of those incentives to include:

- EXPANDED HOURS FOR SHOPPERS WHO CAN'T WAIT TO HIT THE MALL: Stores often open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving Day, which is typically the biggest shopping day of the year. But the Black Friday openings crept earlier and earlier over the past few years. Then retailers such as Macy's Inc. began opening at midnight. This season, some stores have expanded their hours even more. Sears, Toys R Us and other stores are opening on Thanksgiving evening to grab those who want to shop after their turkey dinner. Wal-Mart is starting Black ...

November 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Study finds mammograms lead to unneeded treatment

NEW YORK (AP) - Mammograms have done surprisingly little to catch deadly breast cancers before they spread, a big U.S. study finds. At the same time, more than a million women have been treated for cancers that never would have threatened their lives, researchers estimate.

November 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Business Briefs

Asian Cajun Crawfish restaurant in Tracy

November 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


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.

November 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Small businesses step out of Black Friday's shadow

NEW YORK (AP) - After the crowds have shopped at large stores and sprawling malls on Black Friday, many smaller businesses are hoping Saturday will be their day.

November 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Twinkie maker Hostess to close down,

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread are up for sale now that a bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Hostess Brands Inc. to fire its 18,500 workers and wind down its operations.

November 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Business Briefs

Feds still looking at Wal-Mart dispute

November 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Sandy triggering rental car shortage

NEW YORK (AP) - Thanksgiving travelers who have yet to rent a car in the Northeast are out of luck: Superstorm Sandy has created a shortage.

November 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


OB/GYNs back over-the-counter birth control pills to make them easily available

WASHINGTON (AP) - No prescription or doctor's exam needed: The nation's largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms.

November 20, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple climbs; Topeka calls share sell-off 'insane'

CUPERTINO (AP) - Shares of Apple jumped over 7 percent Monday, with one analyst calling a two-month sell-off in shares of the most valuable company on earth "insanely insane."

November 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Intel CEO to retire in surprise move

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Intel CEO Paul Otellini is retiring in May, giving the world's largest maker of microprocessors six months to find a new leader as it confronts two major challenges: a shaky economy and a shift toward mobile devices that is reducing demand for its PC chips.

November 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Twinkies maker Hostess lives at least another day for private labor mediation

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Twinkies will live to see another day.

November 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


5 banks have cut mortgage balances by $6.3B

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five of the biggest U.S. banks have cut struggling homeowners' mortgage balances by $6.3 billion, part of a total $26.1 billion in home loan relief provided under a landmark settlement over foreclosure abuses.

November 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Average credit card debt per borrower up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Americans cranked up their use of credit cards in the third quarter, racking up more debt than a year ago, while also being less diligent about making payments on time, an analysis of consumer-credit data shows.

November 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Ford to bring smaller engine in 2014 Fiesta

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford is bringing its smallest engine to the U.S. in the race to meet stricter government fuel economy rules.

November 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


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GameStop hires 25,000 seasonal workers, up 47%

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - Gamers rejoice: GameStop is almost doubling its number of seasonal workers this holiday season as it prepares to deal with strong demand for new video games and the new iPhone.

September 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


DirecTV shareholders OK $48.5B sale

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is moving forward as shareholders of the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster approved the deal. But it still needs regulatory approval.

September 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Ways to hide, secure phone data

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple got a lot of attention last week when it released a new privacy policy along with a declaration that police can't get to your password-protected data.

September 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Detroit tells judge: We can’t give away free water

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit's water department defended its shutoff policy Monday and warned that free service to people with unpaid bills could be "very devastating" to the bottom line.

September 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cracks down on moving overseas

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration cracked down Monday on certain overseas corporate mergers and acquisitions, aiming to curb American companies from shifting their ownership abroad to shirk paying U.S. taxes.

September 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Investors fret. Yahoo’s stock dips

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo may be losing some appeal on Wall Street now that U.S. investors can buy directly into Alibaba.

September 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


BUSINESS NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• STARBUCKS TESTS LATTE WITH STOUT FLAVOR: NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is testing a latte that it says has the "savory toasty malt" flavor of a foamy mug of stout.

September 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


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