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The 6 Best Things to Buy in May

Bargains are likely for seasonal attractions like meats for the grill and patio furniture -- and also for mattresses, kitchen accessories and used cars.

U.S. Stock Markets Closed on Presidents Day

The global economy is a perpetual motion machine, but U.S. stock markets do take breaks: In addition to the weekends, there are nine holidays on which the stock exchange is shuttered. Here's the list for 2013, as well as the surprising history of Presidents Day.

Labor Day Pop Quiz: What Are We Really Celebrating This Weekend?

Most people only think of Labor Day as a nice excuse for long weekend, the beginning of fall, or the start of football season. But it's actually one of the most controversial American holidays, a celebration of the unionized laborers -- who made America strong.

Stocks Higher, but Volatile, After Bernanke Speaks

Investors liked what they heard from Ben Bernanke, and stocks rose enough to put them into positive territory for August. The Federal Reserve chairman said on Friday morning that the Fed is ready to help the economy with more bond-buying.

Runway to Retail: Big Chains Size Up Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is over, but the work is just getting started at the nation's big chain retailers. With the Web putting savvy customers instantly in the loop, those hoping to catch the fashion wave have to move fast. We asked fashion and trend directors at Macy's, J.C. Penney and Banana Republic what we'll be seeing this spring.

Why Gas Prices Haven't Fallen Yet

The smart money has been predicting lately that gas prices would fall. Oil has been below $90 a barrel since early August and the International Energy Agency has cut its estimates for crude oil use for the year. But the price of a gallon of unleaded is the virtually the same as it was a year ago.

Sell Your Wedding Dress, Pay for the Honeymoon

With the ink barely dry on their marriage certificates, and piles of thank-you notes yet to be written, many brides are wasting no time getting their summer wedding dresses on the block for fall gown-buying season, hoping to cash out on their investment and eliminate a storage issue in one fell swoop.

Labor Day Road Trip? Try These 10 Cheap Gas States

As you hit the road for your final road trip of the summer, consider driving to one of the 10 states with the lowest prices on gas. Turns out, those sunny states also offer bountiful vacation options for the budget-conscious family.

How to Spend Less on Your Labor Day Barbecue

Labor Day has gained a multitude of meanings over the years, but for people who love to grill, it's a warning that the days of lighthearted cookouts are dwindling. So why waste it on the same old fare? For less money (and just a little more time) you can build the kind of cookout memories that will keep you warm through the long, cold winter.

Nordstrom.com Offers Unconditional Free Shipping, Returns

While Nordstrom has yet to find a suitable location in New York City, online shoppers can now get any item delivered for free. On Monday, Nordstrom announced it will offer free shipping and returns for all U.S. orders -- making it the first department store chain to do so.

Back-to-School Shopping: Buyers Get a 'C' for Careful

Even before Hurricane Irene interrupted back-to-school shopping, the nation was cautious about spending for the new semester. A teetering economy is affecting the purchasing choices of 75% of families with school-age children, and 70% say they plan to spend the same or less as last year.

Domestic Workers Finally Get Some Rights

Just in time for Labor Day, domestic workers in New York state got a gift of sorts -- a workers' bill of rights, which Gov. David Paterson signed into law last week. The measure guarantees nannies, housekeepers and care providers to the elderly are paid overtime, get time off and are protected against sexual harassment.

Legal Briefing: A Roundup of Labor-Related News

Labor Day isn't just about rounding out the summer season with a nice three-day weekend, of course. It's a "national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country", notes the Labor Department, and has been a national holiday for over 100 years. In that vein, here's a roundup of recent labor-oriented legal news:

Dismal Trading Week Seen Ahead of Labor Day

A slew of economic reports due out this week could push already battered stocks even lower. What's worse, the week leading up to Labor Day is historically unkind to the markets.