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Online retail sales hit a record

SAN FRANCISCO — and other Web retailers sold more products than ever this holiday season, boosted by early promotions and investments in delivery systems that helped avoid the widespread shipping snags of last year.Online shopping is on pace to rise 16...

Date: 12/27/2014 | Business Wire

Thanksgiving sales bite into Black Friday

NEW YORK — The crowds of bargain hunters that rush through store doors the day after Thanksgiving have thinned out.

Date: 11/29/2014 | Nation & World

Black Friday rules for retired Herald columnist

It’s been almost three years since Kristi O’Harran retired from The Herald, leaving readers without her hilarious takes on the finer things in life — Cheez...

Date: 11/28/2014 | Local News

Emilie’s Bakery specializes in holiday treats

ARLINGTON — When the farmers market season is over, where do market vendors sell their wares?Emilie Turner is among those who take orders from home.The owner of Emilie's Bakery, Turner had a successful first season at the Port Susan Farmers Market this past...

Date: 11/28/2014 | Entertainment

Early bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving

NEW YORK — Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what’s becoming a new holiday tradition.

Date: 11/27/2014 | Business Wire

In grateful message to parents, Gia's sweet example endures

MARYSVILLE — Two years ago on Thanksgiving, Gia Soriano surprised her parents with a note. Handwritten in tidy printing, with the sort of smiley face used in texting, it was a sweet 12-year-old's expression of gratitude."I am writing this to you to tell you how...

Date: 11/27/2014 | Local News

While scooping up the bargains, take precautions against thieves

EVERETT — For a few moments, think like a crook.Look in your car windows. Do you see electronics? Receipts and mail? Shopping bags?Car prowls always increase during the holidays, particularly at shopping centers, Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell said.

Date: 11/27/2014 | Local News

Thanksgiving travel ‘a little hairy’

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor.By...

Date: 11/27/2014 | Nation & World

Obama crafts pardon for Mac and Cheese

WASHINGTON — Cheese, a 49-pound, 36-inch-tall turkey with a gobble said to sound like a country twang, received a presidential pardon at the White House on Wednesday, saving him from a “terrible and delicious fate.”

Date: 11/27/2014 | Nation & World

No free meals for the Obama family

WASHINGTON —There's no free lunch — or breakfast or dinner — for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter. He has to dig into his pocket to pay for his holiday feast of turkey, ham, two kinds of stuffing, sweet and...

Date: 11/27/2014 | Nation & World

Conservatives, liberals can find common ground at table

It's bound to happen at Thanksgiving tables across America: A progressive liberal Democrat discovers he's sitting next to a conservative Republican.There's no need for mashed potatoes to fly.Harry Stein, an author, columnist and contributing editor to the...

Date: 11/27/2014 | Commentary

Everett High pulls together to fill food banks’ shelves

It’s a high school auditorium used for plays and student events, and a venue for community concerts. This week, the Everett Civic Auditorium served a higher purpose.

Date: 11/26/2014 | Local News

Kids talk turkey

They tell us how to cook one and why they're thankful (video)

Date: 11/26/2014 | Local News

Rain, snow could mess up Thanksgiving travel

MINEOLA, N.Y. — Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to change their plans and beat a storm expected to bring snow, slush and rain to the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor Wednesday on one of the busiest, most stressful days of the year.

Date: 11/26/2014 | Nation & World

Best beers for your Thanksgiving table

Like any good American, my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. The family. The gut-busting meal. The football. And most recently, the beer.

Date: 11/25/2014 | Hops & Sips

‘Black’ day for Thanksgiving

Here's how ridiculous this is: It's easier to list the major retailers that won't be open on Thanksgiving than it is to list those that will. Among the retailers allowing their workers the day off to share a meal in celebration are Costco, REI, Nordstom, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Pier 1...

Date: 11/25/2014 | Editorials

Mobile processor helps Washington turkey farmers

SEQUIM — Stuart Boyle plucked the last soggy feathers from a turkey carcass Sunday at Clark Farms and stuffed the naked bird through a small hatch at the end of a cargo trailer.That one, unceremonious gesture marked the start of something big for small West Sound poultry producers.

Date: 11/24/2014 | Northwest

Need last-minute mashed potatoes? Here are the best-ever

Here is one of the Test Kitchen's favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes:Best-ever mashed potatoes 4 pounds russets or Yukon Golds, peeled and quartered 3/4 to 1 cup hot milk 6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

Date: 11/24/2014 | The Dish

Best times to hit the road for Thanksgiving travel (hint: there aren’t many)

AAA Travel projects 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007. Nearly 90 percent of those will be on the road, fueled by the lowest Thanksgiving

Date: 11/24/2014 | Street Smarts

Try something new this Turkey Day: sour beer

A forgotten style just a couple of years ago, gose has made quite a comeback. It’s a tart, low-alcohol ale that features the addition of salt, which introduces a brininess that is strangely satisfying.

Date: 11/23/2014 | Hops & Sips

Thanksgiving dinner gobbles up more cash

Giving thanks will be a little costlier this year, but — and here's something you can be truly thankful for — it probably won't empty your wallet.The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 people is expected to rise slightly this year, clocking...

Date: 11/21/2014 | Business Wire

Recipe of the Week: Apple pie spiked with cheddar, whiskey

Apples and cheddar cheese are such a wonderful pairing, they often are combined in pies. The result is deliciously sweet, with just a hint of creamy-savory for balance.

Date: 11/19/2014 | The Dish

Divide and conquer

Cut up the Thanksgiving turkey before roasting

Date: 11/19/2014 | Life

Taking a ferry for Thanksgiving?

If your holiday travel plans include a ferry passage, plan ahead for heavy traffic. The longest lines are expected westbound Wednesday afternoon and evening, Nov. 26, and eastbound Friday morning, Nov. 28. Some routes will be on a holiday schedule on Thursday, Nov. 27. Check the

Date: 11/17/2014 | Street Smarts

Gas futures fall below $2 a gallon

NEW YORK — Drivers will have some extra money in their pockets this holiday season as gasoline futures tumbling below $2 a gallon mean lower prices at the pump.

Date: 11/14/2014 | Business Wire

Some stores refuse to open on Thanksgiving

Not everyone thinks Gray Thursday is a great deal.Some retailers say opening on Thanksgiving is real a turkey of a trend and are refusing to participate.

Date: 11/06/2014 | Business Wire

The thankless job of hosting Thanksgiving

I'm on the verge of doing something terrifying. I might offer to host Thanksgiving.Fourth of July is easy. Been there, done that. Easter? No sweat. Christmas is a lot harder, but I'm experienced. Last December I cooked for 20 people.But Thanksgiving has so many...

Date: 11/02/2014 | I Brake for Moms

Will Black Friday lose its edge?

Will this be the year when Black Friday is finally dethroned from being the biggest shopping day of the day?Bill Martin thinks so. The founder of ShopperTrak, a Chicago-based firm that measures store traffic, has become a guru of sorts when it comes predicting and measuring...

Date: 10/24/2014 | Business Wire

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