The holiday hard sell: Buy! Buy!

Annual retail race is well underway
Though the calendar is inching closer and closer to Thanksgiving, the stores and advertisements around us are mainly saying one thing: Christmas. Full Story
Business Briefs: 'Shop Local and Win!'
'Shop Local & Win' In an effort to promote shopping locally and supporting the local business community, the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce is launching its 3rd annual "Shop Local & Win" campaign in November. Full Story

INSERT OR SWIPE?Chip cards vex retailers on eve of sales

The first Black Friday in the U.S. since the mass introduction of credit and debit cards with chips promises to baffle shoppers who find some stores using the new technology and others accepting only swipes. Full Story

Jobless claims down, lowest of last month
By Ali Donaldson Bloomberg WASHINGTON -- Applications for unemployment benefits fell more than forecast last week as claims moved closer to a four-decade low that shows a resilient labor market. Full Story

By Katie Lannan State House News Service BOSTON -- The cost of a can of paint in Massachusetts could increase next year under a new program supporters say would save millions in waste disposal costs for cities and towns, while opponents blast Full Story

Mercury Systems lands $41.8M Navy pact
CHELMSFORD -- Mercury Systems Inc. said late Monday that its Defense Systems subsidiary has landed a $41. Full Story

Pfizer, Allergan Deal
Pfizer and Allergan are joining in the biggest buyout of the year, a $160 billion stock deal that will create the world's largest drugmaker. Full Story

Report: Geographical gaps on insurance rates narrower for renters in Bay State
When renters choose to insure their apartments, it is yet another cost that can vary depending on the community where they live, just as home prices, taxes, fees and car-insurance prices change. Full Story

Don't hurry to install Windows 10
By Norm Morin Are you still happy with Windows 7, but you need a new computer? If you have checked the store shelves, you might find that Windows 10 is the operating system on new computers. Full Story

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Rosie O'Donnell: Donald Trump's presidential bid a 'nightmare'

With a long history of animosity, will Rosie O'Donnell calling Donald Trump's presidential bid a nightmare set off another round of insults?