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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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This Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 photo shows the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen in Portland, Ore. The second open enrollment period for buying health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act starts on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. For the first time, Oregonians will be using the federal insurance exchange portal to shop for coverage, instead of the state’s own failed Cover Oregon website. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
This Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 photo shows the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen in Portland, Ore. The second open enrollment period for buying health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act starts on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. For the first time, Oregonians will be using the federal insurance exchange portal to shop for coverage, instead of the state’s own failed Cover Oregon website. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.

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NJ senator considers Thanksgiving retail ban for 2015

By this time next year, retailers in New Jersey could be banned from opening their doors before 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

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Black Friday shoppers at the Jersey Shore Premium Outlet in Tinton Falls
Black Friday shoppers at the Jersey Shore Premium Outlet in Tinton Falls (Annette Petriccione, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Online Sales Strong; Stores Packed

According to preliminary data, Black Friday online sales rose 9 percent.

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Gray Thursday shoppers wait for Target in Manahakwin to open
Gray Thursday shoppers wait for Target in Manahakwin to open (Jasmine Rodriquez, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Emotions, Crowds Run High for Thanksgiving Sales

Emotions ran high as did the crowd size for Gray Thursday and early Black Friday shoppers around New Jersey.

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Check Out This Black Friday Video Montage

The good folks at Digg.com have put together a seven minute compilation of Black Friday insanity that should be required viewing for anyone who is going to join the shopping crowd this weekend.

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Store Parking Lots Can Be Chaotic [AUDIO]

'Tis the season for holiday shopping, as well as bargains and bargain hunters. With that, motorists are being warned to use caution in busy parking lots and garages.

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Black Friday
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Will You Go Shopping on Thanksgiving? [POLL]

Yesterday, we took a number of calls from listeners outraged that more and more retailers in New Jersey are opening on Thanksgiving and forcing their employees to come in on the holiday. I don't like it either, but it's their right in a free, capitalist system to choose to do so.

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Black Friday Holiday Mall Shopping
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Should the Menlo Park Mall Be Open on Thanksgiving? [POLL]

Would you go shopping on Thanksgiving? The Menlo Park Mall is betting you would. They will be open on 8pm Thanksgiving night, and won't close until 10pm on Black Friday.  

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Workers React to Thanksgiving Hours [POLL/AUDIO]

Employees in the retail industry are reacting to the fact that more stores are starting to offer their biggest deals on Thanksgiving Day, as 'Black Friday' becomes a term of the past.

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