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November 30, 2015 - 10:20am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are rolling out online deals today, the so-called "Cyber Monday."

But since shoppers these days are online all the time anyway, the shopping holiday is losing some of its luster. Still, today is expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, with estimates that it will rack up over $3 billion in sales.

The head of the National Retail Federation, Matthew Shay, says, "It's no longer about one day but a season of digital...

November 30, 2015 - 10:04am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more Americans signed contracts to buy homes in October, in a modest rebound that suggests the real estate market has crested.

The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 0.2 percent to 107.7 last month. The index has increased 3.9 percent over the past 12 months.

Healthy job gains and low mortgage rates boosted sales for much of the year, but rising home values and...

November 30, 2015 - 10:02am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't consider reinstating the conviction of a Michigan man charged with a 1988 murder in a drug dispute.

The justices on Monday rejected Michigan's appeal of a federal court ruling that overturned the conviction of Junior Fred Blackston.

A federal district judge ruled in 2013 that Blackston was denied a fair trial in state court because he wasn't allowed to attack the credibility of two key witnesses who recanted...

November 30, 2015 - 9:49am
7 min 55 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a retired Texas veterinarian who was barred from evaluating animals and giving advice over the Internet.

The justices on Monday let stand lower court rulings against Ronald Hines of Brownsville, Texas. Hines' online clients included pet owners overseas who had limited access to veterinary services.

The Texas veterinary board suspended Hines' license for a year after finding that his...

November 30, 2015 - 9:48am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to Hawaii campaign finance laws that require a private company buying campaign ads to register as a political action committee.

The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from a Hawaii electrical construction company that spent about $9,000 on political newspaper advertisements during the 2010 election cycle. The ads from A-1 A-Lectrician, Inc. were critical of Blake Oshiro, a Democratic incumbent candidate for...

November 30, 2015 - 9:45am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from lawyers for former Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and others seeking $360,000 in legal fees after challenging state redistricting plans.

The justices on Monday let stand a federal appeals court ruling that said the lawyers were not entitled to fees.

A three-judge district court blocked the state's redistricting plan ahead of the 2012 elections after Davis and voting...

November 30, 2015 - 9:43am
7 min 54 sec ago

To give is to gain a heap of grief if you're a mega-rich donor these days.

In recent months, a hedge fund billionaire was denounced for his $400 million gift to Harvard University. Media mogul David Geffen took flak for separate gifts that plaster his name on a Manhattan concert hall and a school in Los Angeles. The wife of a Wall Street banker was roasted for trying to put her name on a small Adirondack college.

Scorn for the rich and powerful dates...

November 30, 2015 - 9:43am
7 min 54 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are little changed in the early going as investors return from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Computer Sciences rose 4 percent, the most in the Standard & Poor's 500 index, after completing its spinoff of CSRA.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down seven points, less than 0.1 percent, to 17,791 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index edged down a fraction to 2,089....

November 30, 2015 - 9:41am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from three Mexican states seeking damages from BP and other companies over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the states of Veracruz, Tamaulipas and Quintana Roo can't bring a lawsuit because Mexico's federal government owns the affected property.

The Mexican federal government filed a similar lawsuit in 2013, which is progressing...

November 30, 2015 - 9:39am
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YORK, Pa. (AP) — Emergency workers in Pennsylvania got an unpleasant surprise when they wheeled a patient out of a home to their ambulance, only to find it wasn't there.

Police in York tell the York Dispatch ( ) 21-year-old Leonard Eugene Smith took the vehicle for a joy ride Friday before ditching it. They say an in-vehicle camera captured his actions and a tracking device led them to the ambulance.

Jim Arvin, president and CEO...

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