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    Holiday shopping season comes down to the wire

    Giselle Basurto, of Mexico, shops at a Kmart store in New York on Thanksgiving Day. Retail sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday.

    Dec 19, 2014 5:42 PM

    Major retailers including Macy’s and Toys R Us are offering marathon shopping hours. Kohl’s, for instance, is opening its stores for 132 hours straight until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. That compares with 108-hour stretch last year.

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    NLRB alleges that McDonald’s violates worker rights

    The National Labor Relations Board issued complaints Friday against Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp. and its franchisees over worker rights.

    Dec 19, 2014 1:28 PM

    The National Labor Relations Board issued complaints Friday against Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp. and its franchisees over worker rights. The board’s chief counsel charged that the company violates the rights of employees working at its restaurants around the country to seek better pay and working conditions. Hearings are set for March on whether to pursue disciplinary steps. In a statement, McDonald’s called the move an “overreach” and vowed to contest it.

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    Stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

    Analysts prepare for the start of trading during the initial public offering Friday of Juno Therapeutics Inc. at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York.

    Dec 19, 2014 4:00 PM

    At the start of the week, slumping oil prices and the state of the world economy were investors’ main worries. A plunge in the Russian currency, the ruble, added to a sense of unease. The turnaround came Wednesday.

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    Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

    Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.

    Dec 19, 2014 1:20 PM

    Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger. The growing skill of hackers has driven a shift in strategy for companies, which see they cannot be stopped and have switched to trying to limit losses, said Kwon Seok-chul, president of Cuvepia Inc., a security firm in Seoul.

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    Vernon Hills inks extended agreement with CDW

    Vernon Hills has amended its long-standing economic incentive agreement with technolgy retailer CDW to share sales tax.

    Dec 19, 2014 6:22 PM

    Vernon Hills has amended its long-standing economic incentive agreement with CDW to share sales tax The original pact was forged in 1996 to lure the company from Buffalo Grove. The village will rebate 56.3 percent of the sales tax on sales of $200 million or more.

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    Deadlines shopping procrastinators need to know

    FedEx employees pull boxes from a conveyor belt and fill their trucks for deliveries. Time is running out if you plan to ship gifts and get them in time for Christmas.

    Dec 19, 2014 6:13 AM

    The holiday season is in full swing: You’ve trimmed the tree, gorged on gingerbread cookies at the office party and cozied up on the couch to watch “A Christmas Story.” But if you’re like many shoppers, you still haven’t finished buying your Christmas gifts. Here’s a procrastinator’s guide to making sure Santa’s sleigh is brimming with packages by Christmas Eve.

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    T-Mobile paying at least $90 million for ‘cramming’

    John Legere, chief executive officer of T-Mobile US Inc., speaks Tuesday during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York. nder the settlement, T-Mobile must provide full refunds to all its customers affected by “cramming.”

    Dec 19, 2014 6:14 PM

    “We learned during this case that T-Mobile was in bed with the crammers,” said Travis LeBlanc, head of the FTC’s enforcement bureau. He was referring to the third-party companies that put charges on phone bills for text services. Many consumers aren’t aware that third-party companies can do that, the regulators say.

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