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Target shoppers Kelly Foley, left, Debbie Winslow, center, and Ann Rich use a smartphone to look at a competitor's prices while shopping  shortly after midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Nationwide Black Friday Gets a Little Less Frenzied

Saturday, November 29, 2014

New York — Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year. There were squabbles here and there, and elbows got thrown, but the Friday morning crowds appeared smaller than usual and less frenzied, in part because many Americans took advantage of stores’ earlier opening hours to do their shopping on Thanksgiving Day. That might be hard to stomach for …

Shops Small, But Mighty

Friday, November 28, 2014

Norwich — Will plaid become the new black? To offset the gravitational pull of people into big-box stores during the post-Thanksgiving frenzy known as Black Friday, Norwich Bookstore co-owner Liza Bernard is inviting community-minded customers to don an item of plaid clothing — a shirt, skirt, scarf or socks — in recognition of “Plaid Friday,” which celebrates “the diversity and creativity of independent …

Snow Makes Thanksgiving Travel ‘A Little Hairy’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mineola, n.y. — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington to Boston corridor. By early evening, more than 700 flights had been canceled, the bulk …

4 Health Benefits Changes From Overhaul Tax

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Many workers will soon find that their health insurance costs more and covers less next year, and that employers have taken a sharper interest in their well-being. Experts say the impact of a health care overhaul tax that …

Money Talk: Surviving Children Not Responsible for Mother’s Credit Card Debt

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Question: My mother, who is widowed, has credit card debt. When she dies, are my sister and I responsible for that debt? There is no estate, but she does have a small amount of life insurance that mainly would go toward her funeral expenses and fixing things in …

Morgan Stanley Pushed Murky Chinese Stock

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Washington — The Associated Press discovered significant discrepancies between financial records and what a Chinese company backed by U.S. banking giant Morgan Stanley reported as part of its $654 million stock offering. Issues of murky financial information and …

On Facebook, Many Ads for Luxury Goods Lead to Counterfeit Sellers

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Milan — One out of four Facebook advertisements for cut-price luxury goods such as Louis Vuitton handbags and Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses links to websites selling counterfeit items, according to findings by two independent cybersecurity researchers. Ads touting offers like $180 designer eyewear for less than $30 linked to …

Americans High on Economy

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Washington — Americans’ views of the economy climbed last week to the highest level in almost seven years as the labor market strengthened and gasoline prices kept falling. A Bloomberg measure of perceptions about the world’s largest economy increased to 28.9 in the period ended Nov. 9, the …

Amazon, Publisher Reach Accord

Friday, November 14, 2014

Washington — Amazon.com and the Hachette Book Group announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement to end their long-running dispute over e-book pricing. The fight escalated to such a level that Amazon did not offer discounts on books written by Hachette authors and prevented customers from pre-ordering …

Study: Owning a Home Is Overrated

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Washington — U.S. home prices crashed 43 percent between 2005 and 2012, yet polls find that the vast majority of Americans still consider homeownership to be a good idea and the best way for average people to build wealth. But is it? For more than 40 million households …

Chairman, Obama Split On Internet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Washington — Hours after President Obama called for the Federal Communications Commission to pass tougher regulations on high-speed Internet providers, the agency’s Democratic chairman told a group of business executives that he was moving in a different direction. Huddled in an FCC conference room Monday with officials from …

Job Seekers Flock to Store’s Fair

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Claremont — A retired professional who wants to work several hours a week, a teen who needs another part-time job, a full-time retail manager looking to switch jobs and a mother of three who needs to earn extra …

Trading Gas for Solar

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Detroit — Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power …