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Thanksgiving dinner expected to be more expensive this year

Nov. 22, 2019 4:45 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Thanksgiving dinner is expected to be a bit more expensive this year for Virginia families. The Virginia Farm Bureau reports that its annual grocery store price survey shows that the average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal for 10 adults is expected to be about $64.24, or $6.42...

Medicare drug plan finder can steer seniors to higher costs

Nov. 21, 2019 6:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare’s revamped prescription plan finder can steer unwitting seniors to coverage that costs much more than they need to pay, according to people who help with sign-ups as well as program experts. Serving some 60 million Medicare recipients, the plan finder is the most commonly...

Macy's weak earnings reflect more trouble at malls

Nov. 21, 2019 5:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s more trouble for the nation’s malls heading into the crucial holiday shopping season. A slew of mall-based clothing retailers delivered weak third-quarter earnings reports in recent days, the latest indication of shoppers’ increasing shift online and away from...

Holiday spending set to rise in Ohio, economists predict

Nov. 21, 2019 4:16 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — This holiday shopping season in Ohio is expected to be stronger than last year's, economic forecasters said Thursday. Ohio shoppers are set to spend 0.8% more, making the total state sales for the 2019 holiday season more than $25.3 billion. The annual forecast was released ahead of...

Some binge-worthy options for holiday gift season

Nov. 21, 2019 11:10 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Chances are there’s at least one TV binger on your gift list. Why not go all in for the holidays and wrap up something on-point? Some ideas: POPCORN: So many gifty options are out there, including sets of seasonings and artisanal corn. But nobody loves popcorn quite like Questlove....

Give the gift of winter white this holiday season

Nov. 21, 2019 11:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — White is snow and Santa’s beard, so why not share the joy by embracing the color in holiday gifts? The possibilities are endless, from home decor to apparel, bespoke to a quick online purchase. Some ideas in winter white: HOME “For the Love of White: The White & Neutral...

Heli company must pay $14.6M after 2 workers fall to death

Nov. 19, 2019 8:21 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury has decided that an Oregon helicopter company must pay $14.6 million to the families of two California men who plummeted to their deaths when a nylon rope suspending them from a helicopter in Louisiana broke. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports jurors found Winco Powerline...

Don’t overlook splashy coffee table books as holiday gifts

Nov. 19, 2019 12:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Art, architecture, music or travel: Coffee table books can fill just the right gift niche, especially when the cost would be budget-busting if you bought one for yourself. Offerings abound at holiday time. Some suggestions: HOMES: “Architectural Digest: AD at 100, a Century of...

Agency: Utah’s jobless rate drops to 2.5 percent in October

Nov. 15, 2019 11:28 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 2.5 percent in October, down from 2.7 percent in September, as the state’s economy added 51,200 jobs in the prior year. Department of Workforce Services Chief Economist Mark Knold, said Thursday that...

Vape shops owner plans to fight adding vaping to smoking ban

Nov. 15, 2019 9:55 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials in Lincoln and Lancaster County are taking steps toward adding vaping to the local ban in indoor smoking, prompting a vow from a woman who owns three Lincoln vape product shops that she’ll fight any such effort. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Board of Health on Tuesday...