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Cars block a street during a protest against a rise in gasoline prices, in the central city of Isfahan, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Demonstrators angered by a 50% increase in government-set gasoline prices blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire. (AP Photo)
November 16, 2019 - 8:26 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person...
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In this Nov. 6, 2019, photo, people shop at Books & Books, a locally owned business, in the Coconut Grove neighborhood in Miami. On Friday, Nov. 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for October. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
November 15, 2019 - 8:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their shopping last month, spending more online and buying more cars, evidence that consumers can still drive the economy’s growth. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.3% in October, rebounding from a 0.3% drop the previous month...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo shoppers look at televisions at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart Inc. reports earnings Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
November 14, 2019 - 8:27 am
Walmart raised its annual profit expectations after reporting strong third-quarter results helped by its grocery business. The results, announced Thursday, offer encouraging news as it heads into the holiday shopping season and offer the latest evidence that Walmart is closing the gap between...
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In this photo taken Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, shoppers react as they take part in a promotion ahead of Nov. 11 Singles day in Beijing. Chinese online shoppers hunt bargains on Singles Day, a holiday invented in the 1990s that has become the world's busiest day for online commerce. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
November 11, 2019 - 7:45 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com reported nearly $70 billion in sales Monday on Singles Day, an annual marketing event that is the world's busiest online shopping day. The day was a temporary relief to retailers that face fading demand as Chinese consumers tighten their...
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FILE - This April 25, 2019, file photo shows a Burger King in Redwood City, Calif. Burger King is introducing a plant-based burger in Europe. But it's not the Impossible Whopper that's been a hit with U.S. customers. Instead, a Dutch company called The Vegetarian Butcher will supply the new soy-based Rebel Whopper. It will go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 2,400 restaurants across Europe. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
November 11, 2019 - 7:20 pm
Burger King is introducing a plant-based burger in Europe. But it's not the Impossible Whopper that's been a hit with U.S. customers. Instead, a Dutch company called The Vegetarian Butcher will supply the new soy-based Rebel Whopper. It will go on sale Tuesday at 2,400 restaurants across Europe...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2018 file photo, State Rep. Jaime Andrade holds a flag outside the visitation for Chicago police Officer Samuel Jimenez at a funeral home in Des Plaines, Ill.A federal bribery charge against an Illinois legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers be allowed to lobby other units of government. Illinois like most states allows legislators to lobby outside state government. Andrade said he registered as a Chicago lobbyist and started charging for his services when the state budget crisis from 2015 to 2017 forced lawmakers to go without paychecks. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune via AP File)
November 11, 2019 - 12:00 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal bribery charge against an Illinois state legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers should be allowed to lobby other units of government. The federal bribery charge last month against former Rep. Luis Arroyo laid bare the potential ethics tangle. Most...
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FILE- In this Sept. 28, 2015, file photo Art Peck, CEO of Gap, speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. Peck is stepping down as the company continues to grapple with slumping sales. Peck, who has been CEO since 2015, will be temporarily replaced by Gap's non-executive chairman of the board Robert Fisher. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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November 07, 2019 - 8:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gap announced Thursday that CEO Art Peck is stepping down as the company struggles to turn around a long-standing sales slump. The San Francisco-based retailer also lowered its earnings outlook for the year as sales at the Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy fell in the most recent...
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This image released by Random House shows "Olive. Again," by Elizabeth Strout. Oprah Winfrey has chosen Strout’s novel as her next book club read. (Random House via AP)
November 07, 2019 - 8:45 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has chosen Elizabeth Strout's "Olive, Again," the follow-up to Strout's Pulitzer Prize winning "Olive Kitteridge," as her next book club read. In a statement provided Thursday to The Associated Press, Winfrey praised Strout's plain-spoken title character for teaching...
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FILE - In this May 30, 2019, file photo, signs advertise new products available inside a CVS store with the new HealthHUB in Spring, Texas. CVS Health reports financial results Wednesday, Nov. 6. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
November 06, 2019 - 8:01 am
CVS Health revenue surged more than 36% in the third quarter, nearly a year after acquiring one of the nation's largest health insurers. The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefit manager also said Wednesday that it filled more prescriptions as net income climbed 10% to $1.53 billion in a performance...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2018, file photo people wait in line in front of an adjacent pet store for a Best Buy store to open for an early Black Friday sale on Thanksgiving Day in Overland Park, Kan. Black Friday is Nov. 29, 2019, but it might as well be the whole month of November. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
November 05, 2019 - 8:26 am
My husband and I have a Thanksgiving routine. Before the family arrives or the turkey is carved, we gather in the living room. As Christmas music plays in the background, he turns on his laptop, and I mine. That's when the deal hunt begins. Some people cringe at the thought of shopping on...
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