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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.

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Bourbon products made by Cleveland Whiskey in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Eric Althoff / The Washington Times)

Cleveland Whiskey of Ohio makes bourbon in less than 24 hours

- The Washington Times

The common wisdom I'd heard was that bourbon must -- simply must -- be aged in barrels for at least five years to in fact be considered "bourbon." But at Cleveland Whiskey in Ohio, founder and CEO Tom Lix is a firm believer that technology can accomplish in days what a barrel stashed underground would take a half-decade to do.

 The Tenleytown location of Massage Envy officially opened Thursday in Northwest. 
 (Christopher Jason Studios)

Tenleytown in Northwest welcomes Massage Envy to the neighborhood

- The Washington Times

At long last, Massage Envy has come to the District. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based pampering service has had capital-area locations in College Park and Lanham in Maryland, as well Arlington, Virginia, but with the opening of the company's new Tenleytown location in Northwest, the business has at last breached the capital sphere (or rather, square).

(laurachenel.com)

Smithsonian will offer Laura Chenel's goat cheese samples at Thursday event

- The Washington Times

Laura Chenel's will be on hand Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with samples of its award-winning products at the event "FOOD in the Garden - Fermentation Nation" at the National Museum of American History. The Northern California cheesemaker was awarded two first-place awards and two second-place honors at the American Cheese Society's 34th annual competition on July 28 in Denver.