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In this Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, photo, a North Carolina Fraser fir Christmas tree is for sale in Lenoir, N.C. A Christmas tree shortage is being blamed on the Great Recession. Poor sales a decade ago, limited the number of trees planted, which are being harvested this year. (AP Photo / Sarah Blake Morgan)

Christmas tree supplies are tight again this year across the U.S., depending upon location and seller. The industry is still bouncing back from the Great Recession and trying to win people back from a shift toward artificial trees when times were especially tough.

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In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo people walk by a Black Friday promotional at Cookie's department store in the Brooklyn Borough of New York. (AP Photo / Bebeto Matthews, File)

Holiday marketers have your number, and they know how to entice you to spend. However, you can position yourself to recognize – and overcome – overspending triggers.

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In this June 25, 2019 file photo a sign is displayed outside a McDonald's restaurant in Pittsburgh.(AP Photo / Gene J. Puskar, File)

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in McDonald’s favor in a long-running case filed by 20 workers who were fired or faced retaliation for trying to unionize. 

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Donnie Hunt, the roastmaster of Stivers Coffee, checks the color of coffee beans as they roast in the company’s gas-driven roaster. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

For more than 30 years, Stivers Coffee has used a large, gas-driven machine to roast coffee beans from all over the world for Chicago’s restaurants, offices, farmers markets and more. We go for a look.

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Plans are afoot to consolidate financially struggling hospitals that serve Chicago’s poorest residents on the South Side.

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In this April 10, 2019, file photo a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for India-based Jet Airways lands following a test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Federal aviation regulators won’t clear Boeing’s troubled 737 Max airplanes for flight until sometime in 2020. That’s according to an interview that Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson gave to CNBC on Wednesday.

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The bankrupt estate of Sears Holdings Corporation and the hedge fund division that bought the retailer’s troubled remains out of bankruptcy have been engaged in an ugly fight over the value of certain assets.

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Ashik Desai, who was at the center of a fraud scheme at health care advertising firm Outcome Health, pleaded guilty Monday to wire fraud.

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This Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, photo shows rewards offered through Chase bank on an iPhone in the Brooklyn borough of New York.  (AP Photo / Jenny Kane)

There’s a powerful new player watching what you buy so it can tailor product offerings for you: the bank behind your credit or debit card.

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In this May 2, 2017 file photo, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a House Transportation Committee oversight hearing. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP File Photo)

United Airlines President Scott Kirby will take the reins in May, capping a turnaround effort at an airline that had become an industry laggard after a rocky merger with Continental Airlines as well as a national PR nightmare.

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U.S. Army Soldiers with the Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, get ready to start a convoy during drivers training with mine resistant ambush protected vehicles March 6, 2013, at Hohenfels, Germany. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Joshua Edwards / Released)

Illinois-based truck and engine maker Navistar is accused of bilking the Pentagon out of almost $1.5 billion. 

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BMO Harris Bank is preparing to cut jobs as part of a companywide cost-savings push. Executives with BMO’s Toronto-based parent company announced the new cost cuts Tuesday as they posted the bank’s earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter. 

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A still image from a Sprout Social video campaign. (Sprout Social YouTube)

The Chicago-based maker of social media management software announced Monday that it aims to raise $156 million in an initial public offering of stock.

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In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, packages riding on a belt are scanned to be loaded onto delivery trucks at the Amazon Fulfillment center in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez, File)

The coming weeks will be the first test of whether they can make that happen during the busy holiday shopping season, when onslaughts of orders and bad weather can lay waste to even the best delivery plans.

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This year’s list highlights 30 items that have been recalled over the past year because they pose safety hazards to children, including two infant sleepers linked to more than 30 deaths. 

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In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, photo, bell ringer Carolyn Harper encourages people to donate to the Salvation Army’s annual holiday red kettle campaign on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

The charity’s leaders hope adding Apple and Google payment options will boost giving to the red kettle campaign, which makes up 10% of its annual fundraising. Those donations fund programs providing housing, food and other support to people in poverty.

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