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How holiday shoppers are getting smarter

(AP) — Shoppers are getting smarter. 

The start of the holiday shopping season shows a simple discount, even a big one, isn't always enough to lure people to buy. Shoppers can sniff out a legitimate deal from a fake one and are even leaving items in online shopping carts as reminders to look for a better bargain.

US adds 321,000 jobs, the most in nearly 3 years

(AP) — A burst of U.S. hiring in November — the most in nearly three years — added 321,000 jobs and provided the latest evidence that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.

Stocks pare losses on ECB stimulus speculation

(AP) — U.S. stock indexes recovered most of their losses after news outlets reported that Europe's central bank is considering unveiling a stimulus package next month.

Scholars: China gov't gets foothold on US campuses

(AP) — China's authoritarian government is gaining a foothold on American campuses by funding dozens of institutes that project a rose-tinted view of the Asian nation that compromises the academic integrity of U.S. universities, a congressional hearing was told Thursday.

Oregon hospital: Medication error killed patient

(AP) — An Oregon hospital says it administered the wrong medication to a patient, causing her death.

British drugmaker cutting hundreds of US jobs

(AP) — Hundreds of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's 17,000 U.S.-based employees will lose their jobs by the end of next year under the pharmaceutical industry's latest restructuring.

HealthCare.gov average premiums going up in 2015 


(AP) — Many HealthCare.gov customers will face higher costs next year, the Obama administration acknowledged Thursday in a report that shows average premiums rising modestly.

Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter 


(AP) — The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.

House rebukes Obama on immigration

(AP) — House Republicans have passed a bill denouncing President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration and declaring them "null and void."

Starbucks to push more food, offer mobile ordering

(AP) — Starbucks plans to let customers across the U.S. order ahead of time on their smartphones over the next year, a move that should help keep lines in check as it pushes more snacks, sandwiches and even wine.