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A new report underscores the importance of family time when it comes to child development.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, experts want parents to consider the power of the gift of time. A new report underlines the importance of family time when it comes to child development. Researchers from the nonprofit Search Institute found time has more o ...Read More

Small businesses make up  nearly 50 percent of the employment in Indiana. Credit:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Small businesses in Indiana are hopeful Black Friday's shopping momentum will carry into Saturday. Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, a day encouraging holiday shoppers to patronize the little guys. Jacob Schpok, executive director with the Indiana Office of Small Business a ...Read More

Consumer advocates suggest Mainers do a little bit of homework before they head into the Black Friday shopping crowds. Credit: M. Clifford

AUGUSTA, Maine – It is prime time for holiday shopping today and as Mainers prepare to face the crowds in search of the best Black Friday bargains consumer advocates say a little homework is in order. Paula Fleming, vice president of communications with the Maine and Eastern Massachusetts, B ...Read More

Administrators of a New York City pilot program, which allows ex-offenders to live in public housing with relatives, say the program is working. Credit:

NEW YORK - For years, public housing has been forbidden for many people with criminal records. But a two-year-old pilot program run by the New York City Housing Authority that allows ex-offenders to live in public housing with relatives is showing signs of progress. So far, none of the participant ...Read More

California is failing to provide shelter for two-thirds of its homeless population. Credit: Compass Family Services

SAN FRANCISCO – California needs to do a much better job of caring for the homeless – because almost two-thirds are sleeping outside with no shelter, according to a new report from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The annual report takes a snapshot in time ̵ ...Read More

Thousands of Minnesotans donate time and money in the Walk to End Hunger on Thanksgiving morning. Credit: Hunger Solutions Minnesota

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – A lot of Minnesotans sat down for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, but not everyone in the state had enough to eat. To help with that, thousands of people at the Mall of America participated in the Walk to End Hunger. Sophia Lenarz-Coy, associate director of Hunger Sol ...Read More

Airport workers will be stepping up their campaign for better wages, benefits and union rights.  Courtesy: SEIU/32BJ

NEW YORK – For some airport workers, Thanksgiving was more than the usual family feast – it marked the end of a fast for a living wage and union rights. Workers for contractors at airports in 15 major cities began their 24-hour fast on Tuesday, one of the busiest travel days of the yea ...Read More

Thousands of North Dakota retailers will be participating in Small Business Saturday this weekend.

FARGO, N.D. – Once the hype of Black Friday settles, thousands of locally owned shops, bookstores and restaurants will take the spotlight Saturday for Small Business Saturday. In North Dakota, the operators of smaller stores such as Zandbroz Variety say they benefit from the increased attenti ...Read More

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