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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 file photo, Giselle Basurto, of Mexico, shops at a Kmart store in New York on Thanksgiving Day. Retail sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 according to data provided from First Data Corp., which tracks purchases at 800,000 stores including online. The modest growth comes despite the heavy discounting customary throughout the season. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Weak holiday retail numbers clouds U.S. recovery hopes

- The Washington Times

U.S. retail sales unexpectedly tumbled nearly 1 percent in December, the Commerce Department announced Wednesday, sending U.S. stock markets lower and leading at least one analyst to says it's time to pump the brakes on talk of a strong U.S. economic rebound in 2015.

In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Nissan trim and chassis workers work on a new 2015 Nissan Murano at the Nissan plant in Canton, Miss. The Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for November on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Cheaper gas, food lower US producer prices

- Associated Press

Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation.

Why areas with good jobs have hard-to-afford homes

- Associated Press

It's the new career trade-off: Around the country, areas with the strongest job markets increasingly have some of the costliest homes. And areas with the most affordable homes lack a solid base of middle class jobs that attract workers.

In this Nov. 11, 2014, photo, 2015 Ford F-150s move along the production line at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich. The Commerce Department releases third-quarter gross domestic product on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

U.S. economy grew at 3.9 percent rate in 3rd quarter

- Associated Press

The U.S. economy grew even faster in the third quarter than initially thought, posting the strongest six months of growth in more than a decade and pulling further ahead of other big economies of the world.

Recent Stories in Home & Living

Office supply market leader Staples confirmed Wednesday that it would acquire No. 2-ranked rival Office Depot in a cash and stock deal to create a combined company with more than 4,000 locations and annual sales of nearly $39 billion. (Associated Press)

Staples, Office Depot plan merger to compete in changing market

- The Washington Times

Faced with rising competition from rivals such as Amazon.com and falling demand for staplers, desk calendars and personal computers in the age of smartphones, the nation's two biggest office supply chains announced Wednesday a $6.3 billion merger in a bid to make themselves more competitive.

Chef Duff Goldman of "Ace of Cakes" is taking away financial incentives that he says have made competitive cooking programs "TV-ified." "Cake decorators care about their art. It's more about the art than it is about winning a big check," he said. (Associated Press)

Duff Goldman of 'Ace of Cakes' bakes up 2 fresh Food Network shows, 1 with Valerie Bertinelli

- The Washington Times

Baltimore native Duff Goldman has taken a rather circuitous route to celebrity chef status. He initially studied history and philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, before heading west to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California. But it was back home in his native city where fame found him thanks to Charm City Cakes, which was a prominent feature on Food Network's "Ace of Cakes."

Mimi Chacin helps her son Diego, 9, place home made pizzas onto a tray while cooking dinner at her home in Miami Shores, Fla., Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) **FILE**

Burden or blessing? Survey slams women's 'utopian' joy of cooking

- The Washington Times

As millions of American households prepare to enjoy the delectable smells of Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, some social scientists say it's time to loosen belts and lower expectations. Women, who prepare the overwhelming majority of Thanksgiving repasts, need a break from expectations about "utopian" family meals.