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In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, photo Bullseye, a Miniature Bull Terrier and the official mascot of Target Corporation, poses for a photograph during a Target Holiday Outlook event in New York. Target Corp. says it's spending $50 million more on payroll during the fourth quarter than it did a year ago so that there'll be more workers on hand to help harried shoppers scrambling to get their shopping done in a shorter amount of time. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
November 01, 2019 - 9:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — All they want for Christmas is more time. Faced with the shortest holiday shopping season since 2013, retailers are trying to figure out ways to get into the minds of shoppers sooner. Walmart, for instance, began offering holiday deals online for toys, TVs and mini trampolines...
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In this Oct. 30, 2019, photo, a salesman waits for customers at a cosmetic shop in a shopping district in Hong Kong. Business has plunged in Hong Kong’s shopping districts after more than four months of protests. The government announced Thursday, Oct. 31, that the city is in a technical recession after it contracted for a second straight quarter.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
October 31, 2019 - 9:09 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Steps from Hong Kong's main tourist strip, Ashfaqur Rahman's tailor shop usually is a mainstay for tourists dropping in to peruse neatly stacked rolls of fabric and get measured for custom-made suits. Not anymore. Business has dried up since anti-government protests began in early...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2019 file photo, Marcus Henley, operations manager for Hudson Valley Foie Gras duck farm, holds a Moulard duckling, a hybrid farm Peking duck and a South American Muscovy duck in Ferndale, N.Y. The sale of foie gras in New York City is about to be a faux pas. City council members on Wednesday, Oct. 30, are expected to pass a bill that bans the sale of fattened liver of a duck at restaurants, grocery stores or shops. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
October 30, 2019 - 9:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that bans restaurants and grocery stores from selling foie gras, the fattened liver of a duck or goose considered a culinary delicacy for centuries. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, would forbid the...
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FILE - This Feb. 20, 2018, file photo shows the Grubhub app on an iPhone in Chicago. Shares in GrubHub are down more than 30% before the opening bell on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, after it sharply cut its revenue expectations for the year and warned of intense competition. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
October 29, 2019 - 6:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in Grubhub plunged 43% Tuesday after it sharply cut its revenue expectations for the year and warned of intense competition. The steep decline in share price wiped away more than $2.3 billion of the company's stock market valuation. It is the worst single-day decline for...
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FILE - In this undated file photo provided on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits the Diamond Mountain resort in Kumgang, North Korea. North Korea on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, rejected South Korea's request for working-level talks to discuss the possible demolition of South Korean-made hotels and other facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants removed. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
October 29, 2019 - 4:53 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday rejected South Korea's request for working-level talks to discuss the possible demolition of South Korean-made hotels and other facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants removed. In letters addressed...
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FILE - This June 25, 2019, file photo shows a sign outside a Walgreens Pharmacy in Pittsburgh. Walgreens will shutter nearly 40% of the clinics in its stores as the drugstore chain cuts costs and shifts to other businesses it believes will draw more people through its doors. The company said Monday, Oct. 28, that it will close 150 Walgreens-run clinics by the end of the year, but it will keep open more than 200 that are run in partnership with health care providers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
October 28, 2019 - 2:25 pm
Walgreens will shutter nearly 40% of the clinics in its stores as the drugstore chain cuts costs and shifts to other businesses it believes will draw more people through its doors. The company said Monday that it will close 150 Walgreens-run clinics by the end of the year, but it will keep open...
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October 25, 2019 - 3:32 pm
Walmart, CVS and Rite Aid have pulled some or all 22-ounce bottles of Johnson's baby powder from shelves to avoid confusing consumers, after a minuscule amount of asbestos was found in one bottle. Johnson & Johnson recalled all 33,000 bottles from the same lot as that bottle last Friday, a day...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, the Trump International Hotel near sunset in Washington. A federal appeals court will reconsider a ruling from a three-judge panel that threw out a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel. The Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Tuesday, Oct. 15, to hold a hearing before the full court of 15 judges. Arguments are scheduled for Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
October 25, 2019 - 3:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's company said Friday it is exploring the sale of its marquee Washington hotel, which has been at the center of nearly three years of ethics complaints and lawsuits accusing him of trying to profit off the presidency. The Trump Organization says it will...
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FILE- In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo a wheel on a 2019 Ford Expedition 4x4 is displayed at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Ford Motor Co. reports financial earns on Wednesday, Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
October 23, 2019 - 4:38 pm
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co.'s third-quarter net income tumbled nearly 60% as the company booked $1.5 billion in charges mainly for restructuring, and Chinese and U.S. sales fell. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker knocked a half-billion dollars off its full-year pretax earnings guidance...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo Operation made by Hasbro is displayed shelves in the expanded toy section at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Shares of Hasbro are plunging after the company said the trade war is hammering its supply chain. The toymaker on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $212.9 million, or $1.67 per share. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
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October 22, 2019 - 6:30 pm
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Shares of Hasbro plunged Tuesday after the company revealed that the trade war is wreaking havoc on its supply chain and creating confusion among customers for its toys. The company said price hikes may be on the way for consumers as it offsets rising costs. Hasbro CEO Brian...
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