What a Thanksgiving “turkey” made of hot dogs teaches us about the new world of food marketing

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    The effort gives the DOD the ability to more easily hold private security contractors accountable.

    Black Friday cheat sheet: Your guide to retail’s big weekend

    Black Friday cheat sheet: Your guide to retail’s big weekend

    Here’s when the big sales are slated to kick off.

    Mortgage rates mostly flat heading into holiday

    Mortgage rates mostly flat heading into holiday

    The 30-year fixed-rate average dips to 3.97 percent, remaining below 4 percent for the second week in a row.

    A much merrier mood this year on Main Street

    A much merrier mood this year on Main Street

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    Plan to extend tax breaks, which could add $450 billion to deficit, hits snag

    Plan to extend tax breaks, which could add $450 billion to deficit, hits snag

    The president would veto the legislation if permanent provisions for working families aren’t added.

    As D.C. embraces its industrial past, New York’s High Line Park shows the way

    As D.C. embraces its industrial past, New York’s High Line Park shows the way

    NYC’s rail platform park inspires local reuse of railroad underpasses, streetcar tunnels and abandoned bridge piers.

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    Michelle Singletary

    Giving gift cards at Christmas used to feel lazy. Why I have no guilt this year.

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    Barry Ritholtz

    Barry Ritholtz

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    Thomas Heath

    Thomas Heath

    Doggett parking’s real dividend is in its Heroes charity

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    US stock indexes hold near record; Deere slumps

    US stock indexes hold near record; Deere slumps

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    Why city crime spikes during home football games

    Why city crime spikes during home football games

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    San Francisco just created some of the country’s toughest protections for retail workers

    San Francisco just created some of the country’s toughest protections for retail workers

    The city passes a “retail workers bill of rights” with real bite.

    What’s gotten better — and what still needs improvement — on HealthCare.gov

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    Great leadership books for your holiday shopping list

    Great leadership books for your holiday shopping list

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    Is dishonesty just part of the banking culture?

    Is dishonesty just part of the banking culture?

    New research suggests when bankers are reminded of their profession, they’re more likely to cheat.

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    How to limit your chances of fraud during the holidays

    How to limit your chances of fraud during the holidays

    These steps will reduce your chances of paying for someone else’s shopping spree.

    How and where you’ll spend your money on Black Friday, in charts

    How and where you’ll spend your money on Black Friday, in charts

    Remember when people used to elbow their way through crowds at sunrise to get the best deals? Those days are over.

    The Switch

    Hack your Black Friday with these five apps

    Hack your Black Friday with these five apps

    Here are some apps to download before you go shopping for a smoother more fruitful Black Friday

    Senators don’t like where the FAA’s headed on drones

    Senators don’t like where the FAA’s headed on drones

    And at least one of them is pushing back against a rumored agency proposal that would place heavy restrictions on the drone industry.

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