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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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Apple wins suit over iPods

OAKLAND (AP) - A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.

December 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


T-Mobile to let users carry over unused data

NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile will now let customers carry over their unused cellular-data allotments.

December 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google net searches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.

December 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.

December 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Russia raises key rate to its protect ailing economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bank of Russia has raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent in a desperate move to boost its currency and rescue its troubled economy.

December 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


‘Driving while black’? There’s an app for that

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A "Driving While Black" smartphone application is set for release this month, but its developers say motorists should be careful when they use it.

December 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Teen retailers: Cold shoulder for holidays

NEW YORK (AP) - Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult.

December 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


ALMONDS PROVIDE MORE THAN 100,000 JOBS

MODESTO -According to a new study from the University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC), the almond industry supports California's economic well-being by generating more than 100,000 jobs and more than $21 billion gross revenue across all industries in the state, adding about $11 billion dollars to size of the its total economy.

December 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's the new career trade-off:

December 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.

December 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Ice bucket, Brazil elections popular on Facebook in 2014

MENLO PARK (AP) - Day after day, Facebook captures our best and worst moments, from the birth of a new baby to heated political spats. So what got discussed the most in 2014? The Ice Bucket Challenge and the death of Robin Williams, to name a few.

December 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


IRS paid $6 billion in bogus child tax credits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS paid at least $6 billion in child tax credits in 2013 to people who weren't eligible to receive them, a government investigator said Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Gas to average $2.60 next year

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Energy Department again slashed its prediction for next year's average price of gasoline across the U.S., this time to $2.60 a gallon. That would be 23 percent below this year's projected average and the lowest full-year average since 2009.

December 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Get ready for 3% down home loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some Americans will soon be able to buy a home with a down payment as low as 3 percent, compared with the current minimum of 5 percent, the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


BIG MAC ATTACKS DECLINING

NEW YORK (AP) - Hold the pickles, onions and special sauce. The Big Mac is becoming a victim of finicky tastes.

December 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


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