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    After Black Friday comes Small Business Saturday

    Le Peep Cafe is one of the businesses in Mount Prospect participating in “Small Business Saturday.”

    Nov 28, 2014 5:21 AM

    As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear this weekend, locally owned businesses are urging suburban shoppers to think small. Saturday is "Small Business Saturday," which encourages shoppers to patronize Main Street stores and restaurants when buying gifts.

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    Black Friday live: Holiday shopping in full gear

    Shoppers jostle Friday for electrical goods at a store in London. Americans celebrating Thanksgiving in Britain may have felt right at home as Black Friday shopping chaos caused some disruption. The practice of offering bargain basement prices the day after Thanksgiving has spread across the Atlantic, with some retailers opening overnight to lure determined shoppers.

    Nov 28, 2014 10:44 AM

    Black Friday was already well underway before many awoke this morning. The traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season has become a two-day affair, with more stores opening before people put down their turkey legs on Thanksgiving. There’s good reason for the creep; businesses know shoppers will only spend so much, and they want the first crack at those holiday budgets.

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    U.S. stock market trades mixed as oil tumbles

    Trader Peter Mancuso is accompanied Friday by his niece, Victoria Nelson, age 6, and son Tripp Mancuso, 4, as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Children traditionally accompany parents on the floor during the shortened trading day after Thanksgiving.

    Nov 28, 2014 10:41 AM

    U.S. stocks edged higher in afternoon trading, as tumbling oil prices lifted companies likely to benefit from falling energy costs, such as shippers.

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    Oil plunge a panacea for crude-reliant Asia

    A stone lion stands Friday near an exit for a gas station in Beijing. A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. It is also a panacea as pump prices fall, giving individuals more disposable income and lowering costs for many businesses.

    Nov 28, 2014 6:52 AM

    A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. It is also a panacea as pump prices fall, giving individuals more disposable income and lowering costs for many businesses.

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    Longevity, icon status get toys into hall of fame

    Bubbles, little green army men and the Rubik’s Cube were inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame this year. The toys enter the Rochester, N.Y., museum after being selected by a panel of expert judges from among a dozen finalists.

    Nov 27, 2014 5:28 PM

    Before the holiday wish lists and mad buying rush each year comes a dose of nostalgia with the National Toy Hall of Fame's annual picks for enshrinement. This year, bubbles, little green army men and the Rubik's Cube took their place alongside past winners including Monopoly and Silly Putty. But is the road to such playtime immortality really all fun and games? According to the judges, well, yes.

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    Great tech gifts for less than $100

    For holiday gift-giving, consider an external battery pack, which can give the extra jolt of juice needed to make it through the day.

    Nov 27, 2014 6:13 AM

    If you're looking for great technology gifts that are less than $100, you've got options this year. Some potential buys include the Amazon Fire TV Stick, the RAVPower RP-PB19 external battery/portable charger and the ThinkGeek: The Bag of Holding messenger bag.

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