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Walmart to launch Black Friday sales earlier

As the holiday shopping season kicks off, Walmart is the latest major retailer to announce an even earlier launch to annual Black Friday weekend sales — beginning at dinnertime Thanksgiving evening.<p>Following a slew of similar announcements from stores including Target, Best Buy and Macy's, Walmart …

E-mail appeal: Give HealthCare.gov another try

E-mails went to potential customers who were frozen out of the website.<p>WASHINGTON — The government began sending 275,000 e-mail messages Tuesday to people who have not been able to enroll in the federal health care exchange system.<p>The e-mails invite people to come back to the site to reattempt …

Apple, Samsung battle over millions in court again

The latest round in Apple and Samsung's bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300 billion smartphone market started Tuesday in a courtroom a few miles from Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters.<p>In courts, government tribunals and regulatory agencies around the world, Apple Inc. has …

Depression may accelerate the aging process of our cells, study finds

Depression harms more than just the mind: research has linked the ailment with a host of physical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Now, fascinating new research suggests that depression might also accelerate the aging process at a cellular level.<p>In a study published …

The Shutdown Winners Club

President Barack Obama solemnly stated at his Thursday news conference that the end of the government shutdown is not a time for partisan scorekeeping: “There are no winners here.”<p>That is certainly the official line from his administration and across Washington, and it no doubt fits the general …

What a week: Digesting the end of the shutdown

October 18, 2013 | 4:01 PM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/10/18/economy/weekly-wrap/what-week-digesting-end-shutdown/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe …

IRS: Shutdown will delay tax filing season

The IRS won't start processing returns until at least Jan. 28 and possibly as late as Feb. 4 because it needs time to program and test tax-processing systems.<p>Here's another reason to be annoyed at the 16-day government shutdown: It could delay tax refunds for millions of early filers by one or two …