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Shoppers head into Target just after thei doors opened at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Shoppers head into Target just after thei doors opened at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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Black Friday seems a little less frenzied this year

NEW YORK (AP) -- Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year.

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A man uses a smartphone in front of an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo
A man uses a smartphone in front of an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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Energy shares slide after OPEC decision

HONG KONG (AP) -- Crude oil and energy shares tumbled Friday as OPEC's decision to keep production steady rippled across the globe. Japanese stocks rose after a slew of uninspiring economic data raised hopes that more stimulus was in the pipeline while other global indexes were mixed.

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New Jersey Statehouse
New Jersey Statehouse (VisionsofAmerica/Joe Sohm, Getty Images)
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Business incentives boom in New Jersey since 2010

TRENTON (AP) — New Jersey this year has promised $1.8 billion in tax breaks for companies planning to move to the state or stay in it using a redesigned program that puts an emphasis on Camden, a city that's struggled for generations to attract jobs.

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Holiday shopping
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140 million expected to shop through the Thanksgiving weekend

It is no secret that the upcoming holiday weekend is traditionally a big one in terms of shopping, and this year is no exception. Six in 10 Americans are expected to hit the stores Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, according to a survey released on Nov. 20 by the National Retail Federation (NRF).

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Giselle Basurto, of Mexico, shops at Kmart, Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Giselle Basurto, of Mexico, shops at Kmart, Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Early-bird shoppers turn out in NYC on Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (AP) -- Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what's becoming a new holiday tradition.

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Researcher simulates a check done for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS, at the FBI's criminal justice center in Bridgeport, W.Va.  (AP Photo/Matt Stroud)
Researcher simulates a check done for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS, at the FBI's criminal justice center in Bridgeport, W.Va. (AP Photo/Matt Stroud)
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Black Friday gun sales strain background check system

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) -- Black Friday isn't just when shoppers rush to stores for holiday sales. It's also one of the busiest days of the year for gun purchases.

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union members picket outside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City
Union members picket outside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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Taj Mahal casino seeks new bankruptcy financing

ATLANTIC CITY (AP) — The Trump Taj Mahal casino expects to run out of cash by mid-January and is seeking new financing to get it through bankruptcy.

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President Barack Obama addresses community leaders in Chicago Tuesday about the executive actions he is taking on immigration. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
President Barack Obama addresses community leaders in Chicago Tuesday about the executive actions he is taking on immigration. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Businesses wanted Obama to go further on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.

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A jar of biodiesel fuel sits on display during the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association meeting in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
A jar of biodiesel fuel sits on display during the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association meeting in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
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Obama veto threat shelves bill extending business tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, favored corporations over the working class.

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In this Nov. 6, 2014 photo, Shelah Barr of Happy Hounds Massage gives a massage to Dewie, 2, at the home of Laurie Ubben in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
In this Nov. 6, 2014 photo, Shelah Barr of Happy Hounds Massage gives a massage to Dewie, 2, at the home of Laurie Ubben in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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See Spot relax: Pet massage gaining popularity

PHOENIX (AP) -- Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.

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