Online retail sales this holiday season have reached $32 billion to date. That's a 15 percent increase over last year. And for the first time, a sizable number of shoppers — about 8 to 9 percent — used their smartphone or tablets to purchase items.
The nation's high unemployment rate is straining many marriages, a new survey finds. At the same time, many unhappy couples say they feel trapped, unable to afford a breakup. Experts say that's a dangerous combination that can increase the risk of domestic violence.
Although in the past bell ringers were primarily volunteers, for many behind the kettle today, the temporary job has become a lifesaver. For first-time bell ringers Lynn and Rusty Smith, the minimum wage job is helping to keep them afloat during tough economic times.
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