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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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Portland asks judge to stop Uber

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland leaders are trying to make Uber's stay a short one.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Starbucks to push more food, offer mobile ordering

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks plans to let customers across the U.S. order ahead on their smartphones over the next year, a move that should help shrink lines as it pushes more snacks, sandwiches and even wine.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple says plaintiffs’ iPods not covered by suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For want of an iPod, a billion-dollar lawsuit may be in jeopardy.

December 04, 2014 | | Nationwide


Medicare Advantage enrollment deadline looms

Millions of Medicare Advantage customers are fast approaching a deadline for a task they'd rather avoid: Researching and then settling on coverage plans for 2015.

December 03, 2014 | By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer | Nationwide


Air bag maker balks at coast-to-coast recall

WASHINGTON (AP) - Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.

December 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care.

December 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Girl Scouts byting into digital for cookie sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.

December 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cyber Monday gives retailers sales bump

NEW YORK (AP) - Cyber Monday is turning into Cyber Month.

December 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to 36

DETROIT (AP) - At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.

December 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


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