With holiday tipping, "people worry about doing it right"

Dec 23, 2019
Americans are more likely to tip people they interact with face-to-face than those that work more behind the scenes.
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How "The Nutcracker" became a holiday classic

Dec 13, 2019
Tchaikovsky's ballet is a holiday institution and a big cash cow for dance companies. But it wasn't always that way.
"The Nutcracker" wasn't always a holiday tradition.
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Companies plan to party for the holidays this year

Dec 10, 2019
More firms are celebrating with employees and serving alcohol than last year, according to a Challenger, Gray & Christmas survey.
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Six fewer shipping days till Christmas puts pressure on UPS, FedEx and USPS

Dec 5, 2019
This year's late Thanksgiving has put shippers on alert. They're reminding customers to send their gifts early.
UPS has sent emails and social media messages about shipping deadlines. Above, a UPS worker sorts packages in San Francisco.
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Retailers offer online discounts because they want consumers to click to shop

Dec 25, 2018
And companies are getting more than just your money.
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A truck drops a load of freshly harvested Christmas trees at a tree farm in Philomath, Oregon, in 2017.
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My Economy: Housing the homeless during the winter

Dec 20, 2018
"Here in Manchester, we say you're two paychecks away from homelessness."
Eleanor Watts with her dog Dexter.
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The backstory of Hot Wheels, the most popular toy 50 years ago

Dec 20, 2018
Fifty years later, the toy cars are still going strong.
There are more than 20,000 variations of Hot Wheels, according to Mattel.
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Gender-specific toys mean more revenue for toy makers

Nov 26, 2018
One growing trend in toy-buying is so-called gender-neutral playthings – toys that don’t reinforce gender stereotypes like trucks for boys or dolls for girls. But those stereotypes appear hard to shake for both toy makers and consumers. Click the audio…
A child rides a 'Morfboard Scoot & Skate' at a 'Dream Toys' event to unveil the top twelve toys this Christmas on November 14, 2018 in London, England. 
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The origin of the holiday half day of trading on Wall Street

Nov 23, 2018
Federal law prohibits markets from being closed more than three consecutive days.
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