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Christmas in August: Wal-Mart's holiday layaway comes early

Walmart expands layaway options, starts program earlier. 

Walmart to stop selling AR-15s and similar semi-automatic weapons

The retailer says it will replace them with more hunting rifles and shotguns because fewer people are buying semi-automatic weapons.

Scag recalls mowers due to fire hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling nearly 4,400 Scag lawnmowers because they could burst into flames.

Minimum Wage

St. Louis' governing board advances minimum-wage boost to $11 an hour

St. Louis' governing board has advanced a measure that would raise the city's minimum wage to $11 by 2018.

Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi Tourism & Marketing Ltd

Santa Claus goes belly-up over delinquent tax bill in Finland

Bills for unpaid taxes pile up after a sharp drop in tourists from recession-hit Russia, once the best customers at Finland's Santa Clause Office.

GM crash victims' families

CNN

Most ignition switch victims accept GM offers

Victims and their families were offered at least $1 million each. General Motors has set aside $625 million to compensate them.

Blue Bell begins first ice cream shipments after listeria

The Texas-based company on Tuesday used Twitter and Facebook to announce its trucks "are on the road again" and filled with ice cream. The messages did not say when and where Blue Bell products would be sold.

Angry Orchard

Angry Orchard recalls hard cider over potential bottle explosion

The company is working with distributors to remove cases of cider from store shelves as quickly as possible. The impacted cases were shipped to some wholesalers in Missouri and Arkansas. 

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