Personal finance

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, Maddy, left, and her friend Maggie, sit with their shopping bags at Union Square in San Francisco. The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year's sales. November and December now account for less than 21 percent of annual retail sales at physical stores, down from a peak of over 25 percent. The shift is in part because people are spreading out their shopping all year, demanding big discounts and spending more on events rather than more stuff. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 24, 2016 - 10:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year's sales. November and December now account for less than 21 percent of annual retail sales at physical stores, down from a peak of over 25 percent, and experts believe it'll keep dropping. Those extra percentage...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, Maddy, left, and her friend Maggie, sit with their shopping bags at Union Square in San Francisco. The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year's sales. November and December now account for less than 21 percent of annual retail sales at physical stores, down from a peak of over 25 percent. The shift is in part because people are spreading out their shopping all year, demanding big discounts and spending more on events rather than more stuff. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 24, 2016 - 9:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year's sales. November and December now account for less than 21 percent of annual retail sales at physical stores, down from a peak of over 25 percent, and experts believe it'll keep dropping. Those extra percentage...
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FILE - In this photo March 22, 2013 file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation’s tax system in 2017, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
December 24, 2016 - 7:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation's tax system next year, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size. Their goal is to simplify a complicated tax code that rewards wealthy...
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President-elect Donald Trump waves to members of the media after a meeting with admirals and generals from the Pentagon at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 22, 2016 - 3:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrats are trying to put the brakes on President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks, insisting on extensive financial information on some of the wealthiest Americans before moving forward on nominations. Frustrated by the slow response of billionaires and...
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President-elect Donald Trump waves to members of the media after a meeting with admirals and generals from the Pentagon at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 22, 2016 - 2:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Less than a month from taking office, President-elect Donald Trump has yet to hold the traditional news conference that most incoming presidents have held within days of their victory. As of Thursday, it had...
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December 22, 2016 - 12:02 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for three families say Ikea is agreeing to pay $50 million because toddlers died when the company's dressers tipped over on them. The Swedish home furnishings retailer has recalled millions of chests and dressers because of concerns the furniture can tip over when the...
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December 22, 2016 - 9:57 am
BICKNELL, Ind. (AP) — A 7-year-old Indiana boy has been earning money to buy Christmas toys for other children as an honorary employee at McDonald's. The youngster, Trenton Gardner, tells WTHI-TV ( http://bit.ly/2hRQnlH ) that wiping tables at the fast food restaurant in Bicknell, Indiana, is the "...
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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, a shopper carries a bag with merchandise as she shops at a Polo Ralph Lauren store in Miami. On Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, the Commerce Department issues its November report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
December 22, 2016 - 9:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers slowed the growth in their spending in November and income growth was flat, two worrisome signs at the start of the holiday shopping season. Consumer spending rose 0.2 percent in November, the weakest showing since a 0.1 percent rise in August, the Commerce Department...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2015 file photo, a sign supporting Medicare is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. A government report says Medicare beneficiaries can end up with higher hospital bills for some medical services as outpatients than as inpatients. In the topsy-turvy world of Medicare billing, you may pay more for outpatient care. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
December 19, 2016 - 9:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — You pay less for outpatient treatment than for a hospital admission, right? Not necessarily in the topsy-turvy world of Medicare billing, according to a government report. People entitled to benefits under Medicare who had heart stents inserted as outpatients faced hospital bills...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2015 file photo, a sign supporting Medicare is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. A government report says Medicare beneficiaries can end up with higher hospital bills for some medical services as outpatients than as inpatients. In the topsy-turvy world of Medicare billing, you may pay more for outpatient care. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
December 19, 2016 - 2:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — You pay less for outpatient treatment than for a hospital admission, right? Not necessarily in the topsy-turvy world of Medicare billing, according to a government report. People entitled to benefits under Medicare who had heart stents inserted as outpatients faced hospital bills...
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