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1. Without Toys R Us, 30,000 Jobs, A Black Hole for Toy Makers -

NEW YORK (AP) – The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords.

The 70-year-old retailer is headed toward shuttering its U.S. operations, jeopardizing the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot.

2. Amazon Goes Into the Holidays With Magnified Store Presence -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon goes into the holiday season with a newly magnified brick-and-mortar presence, giving it more opportunities to sell its Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and other gadgets.

3. Consumer Safety Group Unveils its 'Worst Toys' List -

BOSTON (AP) – Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group's annual list of worst toys for the holidays.

4. Toys 'R' Us Keeping Stores Open Following Bankruptcy Filing -

NEW YORK (AP) – Toys 'R' Us, the toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season – and says its stores will remain open for business as usual.

5. For the World's Most Scrutinized Body, Barbie Has a New Look -

NEW YORK (AP) — At 57, Barbie is getting a major makeover.

The iconic plastic doll, whose small waist and long legs have been criticized for creating unrealistic expectations for girls, will soon be sold with three new bodies — curvy, tall and petite. Barbie will also be more diverse, coming in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.

6. 3 Trends for the Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday season is upon us. Here's what shoppers can expect if they're heading out to stores at any point during the holiday shopping season:

NO FIGHTING OVER MUST-HAVE GIFTS

7. A Look at the Hot Toys for Holiday 2015 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Which toys will warm the hearts of parents and kids for the holiday 2015 shopping season?

Holiday toys hit the shelves in recent weeks. And so far, just as in the past few years, there's no single hot toy emerging. But anything "Star Wars," life-like robotic pets and remote controlled toys should drive sales.

8. New Consumer Research & Brand Measurement -

New Frontier of Consumer Research, Olga Diamandis, Senior Manager, Open Innovation, Mattel. Three key things are happening that are changing research: Crowdsourcing, big data and artificial intelligence. We will mine these dimensions, but first let’s take a brief look at the history of marketing research.

9. Toys Have Best Year in a Decade -

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys are staging a comeback.

The U.S. toy industry is expected to have its strongest year in at least a decade after several years of kids choosing videogames and mobile apps over Barbie and stuffed bears.

10. Modest Rise Gives Stocks a Third Straight Week of Gains -

U.S. stocks closed modestly higher Friday, giving the market its third straight week of gains.

Consumer staples and health care stocks were among the biggest risers as investors assessed the latest company earnings and economic news.

11. Barbie Shows Signs of Life As Mattel Plots Comeback -

NEW YORK (AP) – Things are finally looking up for Barbie.

Mattel, the toy company behind the plastic dolls, said there were some signs of improving demand for Barbie ahead of its planned makeover of the brand, including Barbie dolls with different skin tones, eye colors and nose shapes to better relate to multicultural girls and their mothers.

12. Google, Mattel Try to Bring View-Master Into 21st Century -

NEW YORK (AP) – Mattel and Google are trying to bring the 75-year-old View-Master into the 21st century, updating the iconic stereoscopic photo viewer with smartphone compatibility and virtual reality technology.

13. Barbie Blues Gave Mattel Holiday Disappointment -

Slumping sales of Barbie did little to bring a happy holiday to her maker, Mattel Inc.

Mattel's fourth-quarter earnings release Friday drilled down into the details of a weak performance that led to the resignation of its chairman and CEO.

14. How to Gain Immunity From Funding Cuts -

Martin Elliott, senior director of Mattel Inc.’s New Business Ventures, tells innovators how to avoid the budget cut thresher. Think like a V.C.

15. Wal-Mart, Amazon Show Changing Shopping Habits -

NEW YORK (AP) – The financial strains and shifting shopping habits of Americans have led to uneven fortunes for retailers.

Traditional consumer companies like Wal-Mart and Mattel have continued to struggle as Americans spend more cautiously in the uncertain economy. Meanwhile, Amazon.com has flourished as shoppers increasingly buy online rather than head to stores.

16. Wal-Mart Ups Price Matching Before Holiday Start -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it's matching the Black Friday prices on a total of 100 toys and electronics from key rivals one week ahead of the traditional start.

17. Bernanke: Recession Likely if Congress Doesn't Act -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke painted a dark picture of where the U.S. economy is headed if Congress fails to reach agreement soon to avert a budget crisis.

"It would probably knock the recovery back into a recession and cost a lot of jobs, and would greatly delay the recovery that we're hoping to facilitate," said Bernanke at the end of two hours of testimony Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee.

18. iPads Become Child's Play -

NEW YORK (AP) – Make room in the toy box for the iPad.

Crayola allows tots to doodle on the iPad using its iMarker just as they would a crayon on a coloring book. Tweens are able to belt out their favorite Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez tunes on a Disney microphone that turns the tablet into a karaoke machine. And technology accessories company Griffin enables teens to fly its toy helicopter by using the iPhone as a remote control.

19. Takeovers, Anticipated European Deal Lift Stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gained steadily Monday on a round of corporate takeovers and reports that Europe's bailout fund will be larger than anticipated. The Dow Jones industrial average was up nearly 130 points in the late afternoon. The Nasdaq composite index turned positive for the year.

20. Elvis Week Hits Stride as Buyout Talks Heat Up -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Elvis Presley is in play.

CKx Inc., owner of the "American Idol" television program and 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises, is mulling at least two offers to buy the company. At the same time, thousands of Elvis fans have descended on Memphis for Elvis Week, the annual commemoration of the American music icon's life and death.

21. Holiday Stragglers Find Shortages of Hot Items -

NEW YORK (AP) - Looking for UGG boots? Or what about the last string of holiday lights or inflatable Santas to spruce up the lawn? You might be out of luck.

Some last-minute holiday shoppers are facing disappointment. Stores are running out of key holiday items – and not just Zhu Zhu pets, those robotic hamsters that have been hard to find since before Thanksgiving.

22. Tennessee Part Of Lead Paint Toy Settlement -

Tennessee is among 39 states that will receive a portion of a $12 million settlement with toy maker Mattel Inc. over an investigation into toys containing excess lead paint, state Attorney General Bob Cooper said.

23. Mattel Settles Probe with States Including Tenn. -

NEW YORK (AP) - Toy maker Mattel Inc. will pay $12 million to 39 states including Michigan to settle an investigation over Chinese-made lead-tainted toys shipped to the U.S. in 2007, state officials said Monday.

24. Jury Awards Mattel Inc. $100 Million in Bratz Suit -

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A federal jury awarded Mattel Inc. $100 million in damages Tuesday after a serious girl fight between the house of Barbie and the maker of her chief rival, the pouty-lipped Bratz dolls.

25. Feds Urge Vigilance On Toy Safety -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Urging shoppers to be vigilant, federal regulators on Tuesday highlighted a broad array of potential toy safety hazards, including the lead-based paint that forced manufacturers to recall millions of popular toys over the past several months.

26. Thompson's 'Candidacy' Draws Variety of Supporters -

Once Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson filed the first financial report due from the committee managing his possible 2008 bid last week, media coverage immediately focused on his total haul.

27. American Paper Optics Brings a Third Dimension To the Marketplace -

Two years from now, John Jerit estimates his company, American Paper Optics, will have sold about 1 billion 3-D glasses.

"We're probably reaching about 850 million glasses sold," Jerit said. "We've averaged about 50 million a year in 17
years. But this year, we'll probably sell over 200 million units of glasses or stuff that's used for glasses. I would say that we'll be able to say a billion served probably by the end of 2009."

28. Archived Article: Benchmark - Mattel settles Learning Co

Mattel settles Learning Co. lawsuit

Mattel Inc. has agreed to pay $122 million to settle a shareholder lawsuit over its 1999 acquisition of The Learning Co.

Most of the amount will come from insurance, with $25.5 ...