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Black Friday: Shop it or skip it?

Nov. 13, 2018 10:05 AM EST

A solid 70 percent of Americans plan to shop on Black Friday this year, according to a recent NerdWallet study conducted by The Harris Poll. But the nature of a day centered around shopping can almost inevitably lead to overspending. Here are three ways to tell whether participating in Black Friday is really...

Small businesses band together for Small Business Saturday

Nov. 12, 2018 2:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small and independent retailers who are holding Small Business Saturday shopping events Thanksgiving weekend are banding together with others, believing that there's strength in numbers. Small Business Saturday, started in 2010 to encourage consumers to shop in their small local stores...

Liz Weston: Smart Ways to Rein In Holiday Spending

Nov. 12, 2018 10:58 AM EST

The holidays are a huge deal in the Weston household — and every year, the expenses threatened to gallop out of control. Keeping the holiday joyous and less stressful means keeping a firm rein on our spending. Here's what we do, as well as smart frugal tips from others: BUDGET FOR EVERY EXPENSE By early...

China's annual shopping frenzy shatters records again

Nov. 11, 2018 8:03 PM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — Online shoppers in China have shattered last year's record by making $30.8 billion in sales on the country's annual buying frenzy Sunday, as the tradition marked its 10th year. The spending binge has for years eclipsed Cyber Monday in the U.S. for online purchases made on a single day. This...

China's annual shopping frenzy shatters records again

Nov. 11, 2018 12:03 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — Online shoppers spent more than $14 billion within the first two hours of China's annual buying frenzy on Sunday, once again breaking records as the consumer tradition enters its 10th year. The spending binge breaks from gloomy forecasts about the world's second-largest economy, which is...

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for $393,000 at auction

Nov. 8, 2018 1:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A wheelchair used by physicist Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost 300,000 pounds ($393,000), while a copy of his doctoral thesis fetched almost 585,000 pounds ($767,000), auctioneer Christie's said Thursday. The motorized chair, used by Hawking after he was paralyzed with motor...

A luxury city shows blueprint for Syria's rebuilding plans

Nov. 5, 2018 3:34 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — At a building site in Damascus, trucks and bulldozers zigzag back and forth ferrying sand and stones for a luxury development of residential high-rises and shopping centers. The area was up until recently a working-class neighborhood of informal settlements and irregular housing...

Neil Armstrong memorabilia fetches $7.5 million at auction

Nov. 4, 2018 11:49 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Memorabilia that belonged to the first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has fetched more than $7.4 million at auction. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions says the item that sold for the highest price, $468,500, at Saturday's auction was Armstrong's spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 11's...

'Batman,' 'Star Trek' TV collectibles to be auctioned

Nov. 1, 2018 1:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A longtime TV memorabilia collector is putting props and costumes from "Batman," ''Star Trek" and other shows up for auction. James Comisar said 400 items from his collection will be for sale. That includes the Riddler's green jacket from the first episode of "Batman" and a protective...

Memorabilia from astronauts Armstrong, Glenn up for auction

Nov. 1, 2018 12:05 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As the sons of a legendary astronaut, Matt Carpenter says he and his little brother "were blessed to grow up around some pretty interesting stuff." That included the extraordinary headgear the boys would wear during youthful afternoons spent pretending to be fighter pilots. "When we...