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Gift Guide: Techie kids’ toys for every age group

NEW YORK — While stores still sell a plethora of good old-fashioned toys such as board games, action figures and stuffed animals, electronic ones aren’t exactly a niche category anymore either. And fortunately for parents, the selection has grown beyond ...

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Gary S. Williams: Keep planning while waiting to sell your home

While most experts see little good news in 2011’s housing market, economic downturn is no reason to neglect maintenance on a home or lose sight of plans to relocate. The critical issue is planning intelligently for what spending you do ...

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Season looks bright for shoppers and stores

NEW YORK— You won’t find uncommonly deep discounts, but you won’t have to worry about finding something to buy, either. For the first time in three years, the Christmas season is looking brighter for stores and shoppers alike. With plenty ...

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Frugal parents skip stores for online toy swaps

NEW YORK — Stephanie Edwards-Musa finished her Christmas shopping early this year. Her 13-year-old daughter is getting a PlayStation 2 and clothing from Hollister and Aeropostale. For her 5-year-old son, it’s a bundle of toys, mostly “Star Wars”-themed. The bill? ...

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Revenue estimates for next two years go up

ANNAPOLIS — The state’s fiscal health is slowly improving, according to revenue estimates released Wednesday, but Gov. Martin O’Malley still predicts a year that “will feel a lot more painful than the last two.” The state Board of Revenue Estimates ...

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Obama forges new alliances with business

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and 20 business leaders worked through lunch Wednesday on ways to boost anemic U.S. job creation and improve their own testy relations amid rising anxiety over the slow economic recovery. The president said he wants ...

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Most signs point to moderate, but steady, growth of economy

WASHINGTON — The economy appears to be settling into a period of moderate but enduring growth. Factories are producing more goods, retail prices are low, and the malls are full ahead of the holidays. Still, the housing market remains a ...

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Consumer spending surge fuels 2011 economic optimism

WASHINGTON — A strong start to the holiday season is raising confidence that the consumer is back and that 2011 could be a better year for the economy than expected. Retail sales are rising, boosted by the best month for ...

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Number of underwater borrowers falls but remains high

The number of homeowners who owe more than their houses are worth fell for the third straight quarter this summer. About 10.8 million households, or 22.5 percent of all mortgaged homes, were underwater in the July-September quarter, housing data firm ...

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