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  • Images: Christmas Toy Fads Through the Years Nov 27, 2014 1:01 AM
    Black Friday in recent years has signaled the start of the holiday shopping season. Take a peek back at these “must-have” items that have been featured at the top of wish lists, and are featured as part of a list at The Daily Beast website . From gaming systems to Tickle Me Elmo to Cabbage Patch Kids, there is no predicting what items will trend from year to year.

     
  • Gift Guide: Help your selfie with some add-on gear Nov 27, 2014 6:11 AM
    Not all selfies are created equal. Some are blurry, are poorly framed or miss the action entirely because you might be scrubbing your thumb fishing for a virtual shutter button as the moment passes you by. For better selfies, consider some of these gadgets for yourself or your loved ones.

     
  • Oy vey, holidays! Does Hanukkah wannabe Christmas? Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Christmas has Elf on the Shelf. Now Hanukkah has Mensch on a Bench — not to mention Maccabee on the Mantel. Christmas has gingerbread houses; Manischewitz sells Chanukah House kits, using cookie dough with blue-and-white icing. These are just a few of the Hanukkah-themed products inspired by Christmas traditions and toys.

     
  • Why millennials prefer electronic gift cards Nov 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    With the holiday glut fast-approaching, you may want to think about avoiding plastic — gift cards that is. Just as giving actual bricks-and-mortar gifts gave way to gift cards, those cards are now giving way to their virtual versions.

     
  • The new Black Friday: Shopping kickoff has evolved, expanded Nov 27, 2014 6:34 AM
    Black Friday sales have been going on for weeks, and more suburban stores than ever will be open today, on Thanksgiving Day. So is Black Friday even a big deal anymore? It definitely is, both for those seeking great deals and those who just enjoy the romance of the holiday-shopping kickoff.

     
  • Images: Thanksgiving Day in the United States Nov 27, 2014 1:48 PM
    Images of Thanksgiving Day activities around the nation. Traditional parades and observances were highlights of the day.

     
  • Bears’ playoff hopes fade with loss to Lions Nov 27, 2014 2:48 PM
    Consider the Bears’ playoff hopes about as vibrant as the local economy. An allegedly resurgent Bears defense that had held consecutive opponents to 13 points did not show up in a 34-17 loss to the Lions on Thanksgiving. And the offense made only a cameo appearance. After the Bears pulled within 24-17 midway through the third quarter, the Lions methodically drove 95 yards to a touchdown and a 31-17 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter.

     
  • Gift Guide: Lots of tablet choices, oh my! Nov 27, 2014 6:13 AM
    People tend to hold onto tablets longer than smartphones, so take time to weigh your options. A major consideration is what phone you or your gift recipient already has. Although it’s possible for Android owners to have Apple’s iPads, for instance, there are advantages to sticking within the same system. You often can buy apps just once and share them across both devices, and you don’t need to learn two different systems.

     
  • Thanksgiving Day is becoming the better day for shopping deals Nov 27, 2014 5:55 AM
    Brace yourself for the Black Friday shopping bonanza. While experts say Thanksgiving weekend still lives up to the hype of serving up the largest breadth of the season’s bargains from TVs to clothing, others say Thanksgiving Day is becoming the better day for deals.

     
  • Gift guide: New holiday books for kids Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Looking to keep the kids entertained during long holiday car rides or dinners? Tell all your gift-buying elves to wrap up a book. Here is a look at this year's selection.

     
  • Finding that perfect hostess gift Nov 27, 2014 7:00 AM
    No one wants to show up to a party empty-handed. But when it comes to host or hostess gifts, creativity often gives way to dressing up a bottle of wine. Not this holiday season! We have gift ideas in a range of prices that will help your hosts keep the parties going all year long.

     
  • Kids test new toys for the holiday season Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Which toys do kids like? That's a question toymakers ask every year when coming up with new products. We think the best way to find the answer is to ask kids themselves. So we sent more than 100 of this year's top new toys to 10 Washington-area schools. Pens in hand, thinking caps — er, toy-testing caps — on, those kids tried them out and wrote down what they thought.

     
  • Holiday albums from the Dukes of Hazard boys to ‘Downton Abbey’ Nov 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    Whether you’re prepping a hearty, warm Thanksgiving meal or getting ready to shop until you drop on Black Friday, here’s a list of holidays albums reviews set to get you in the right mood, including first-ever full recording by John Schneider and Tom Wopat.

     
  • Great tech gifts for less than $100 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.

     
  • Three die in crash on Wisconsin highway Nov 26, 2014 8:42 AM
    Three people have died in a head-on crash on Highway 35 north of Onalaska in western Wisconsin. It happened about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Highway Z. The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office says the initial call said it was a crash between two cars, but deputies arrived to find a third car involved.

     
  • Police: 3 arrested in Milwaukee car theft, chase Nov 26, 2014 8:42 AM
    Milwaukee police have arrested three teenagers who they say robbed a business and then crashed a stolen car during a chase with officers. Police said Tuesday they arrested two 17-year-old boys and a 19-year-old man from Milwaukee following the armed robbery Sunday and chase early Monday. They haven’t been charged.

     
  • Wal-Mart dismisses 30 senior China executives in restructuring Nov 26, 2014 8:14 AM
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, said it has dismissed about 30 senior executives in its China unit in an effort to “streamline and simplify” its business. The departure of the executives, including directors and more senior staff, is “consistent with actions taken over the last several months,” Wal-Mart’s China spokesman Ray Bracy said in an e-mail reply to questions.

     
  • Chicago Housing Authority focuses on homeless Nov 26, 2014 8:44 AM
    The Chicago Housing Authority is reporting the largest waitlist registration in years. Officials say more than 282,000 people have registered for the waitlist lottery for low-income households. Those who registered represent about half of low-income eligible households in the city. Officials say in 2010, about 203,000 people registered for a family waiting list.

     
  • Illinois health officials offer turkey safety tip Nov 26, 2014 8:44 AM
    Families planning to eat turkey for their Thanksgiving feasts on Thursday should take a moment to think about food safety. The Illinois Department of Public Health says it’s important to give a frozen turkey enough time to thaw thoroughly before cooking.

     
  • Mortgage applications in U.S. fell last week on fewer purchases Nov 26, 2014 8:53 AM
    Mortgage applications in the U.S. fell last week as purchases retreated. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index declined 4.3 percent in the period ended Nov. 21, after a 4.9 percent increase the week before, data from the Washington-based group showed today.

     
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