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Relief from Hidden Cable TV Fees

Look closely at your cable bill-- you might be surprised to find fees you never heard of, driving up the cost: Broadcast TV fee, regional sports fee, set-top box or rental fees, and many more. Add it all up and…

Supreme Court upholds Minneapolis minimum wage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)- The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the City of Minneapolis' authority to impose a minimum wage that's higher than the state's. The ruling follows three years of legal fighting over the $15 minimum wage. The Star Tribune reports…

Payless ShoeSource emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP)- Payless ShoeSource has emerged from bankruptcy for the second time, with a focus on international markets. The Topeka, Kansas-based says it wants to reinvigorate its largest business unit, Latin America. It also will relaunch its U.S. e-commerce…

Target, like other retailers, did not have a Merry Christmas

(AP)- Target is reporting comparable-stores sales that are well below last year's, joining a growing list of retailers with meager performances during the critical holiday shopping season. Target said Wednesday that it experienced weaker-than-expected sales of electronics, toys and home…

Sears' estate and new owner settle dispute over bankruptcy sale for $18 million

The estate of bankrupt Sears Holdings has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the $5.2 billion sale of its Sears and Kmart chains to former chairman and CEO Edward Lampert for about $18.3 million. Lampert and his hedge fund formed a new company, Transform Holdco, to buy most of Sears' remaining assets, including 425 stores, last year. Disputes between Sears and Transform over certain terms of the ...

One-hit wonder? Tax-cut bonus bump is long gone and wage growth has slowed, too

Remember the tax-cut bonuses? Two years ago, after President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress approved a new tax law, hundreds of companies said they would share the bounty with workers. AT&T, American Airlines, Comerica and Southwest Airlines were among the companies doling out $1,000 bonuses. Other major employers, including Walmart and Bank of America, joined in. In all, over $4 ...

Using marijuana is legal in Illinois — but it can still get you fired

CHICAGO - Now that recreational pot is legal in Illinois, marijuana enthusiasts may feel like it's finally time to emerge from hiding. But people with jobs - or looking for them - might want to stay in the shadows for now as companies figure out how to handle employees who partake. In Illinois, employers are allowed to fire workers who bring cannabis to the office, show up impaired or fail ...

Smokers need not apply: Fairness of no-nicotine hiring policies questioned

When U-Haul recently announced it will no longer hire people who use nicotine in any form in the 21 states where such hiring policies are legal, the Phoenix-based moving company joined a cadre of companies with nicotine-free hiring policies. U-Haul's announcement is receiving outsize attention because nicotine-free hiring policies are more common at high-profile hospitals such as Cleveland ...