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Alice Hines is a reporter for the Huffington Post covering the retail industry and consumer culture. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature. At Brown, she was the Metro editor of the College Hill Independent. She has worked previously at Marie Claire France and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

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Walmart Will Send Representatives To White House To Talk Gun Control

(5487) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 12:47 PM

Acknowledging that it underestimated the Obama administration's expectations about its involvement in gun control talks, Walmart said Wednesday company representatives would attend a meeting at The White House on Thursday to discuss firearms.

Walmart initially declined to have a representative attend the White House meeting, citing scheduling...

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Family Dollar Shoppers Couldn't Afford Toys This Holiday Season, Execs Say

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 7:27 PM

For the poorest Americans, this year's holiday season offered little respite from the lingering Great Recession. Despite signs that the American economy has been strengthening in recent months, households grappling with limited means have seen little to no improvement in their fortunes, some economists say.

The latest sign came Thursday...

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Family Dollar Shoppers Couldn't Afford Toys This Holiday Season, Execs Say

(2251) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 7:27 PM

For the poorest Americans, this year's holiday season offered little respite from the lingering Great Recession. Despite signs that the American economy has been strengthening in recent months, households grappling with limited means have seen little to no improvement in their fortunes, some economists say.

The latest sign came Thursday...

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FBI Investigated 'Occupy' As Possible 'Terrorism' Threat, Internal Documents Show

(5065) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 12:54 PM

According to internal documents newly released by the FBI, the agency spearheaded a nationwide law enforcement effort to investigate and monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. In certain documents, divisions of the FBI refer to the Occupy Wall Street protests as a "criminal activity" or even "domestic terrorism."

The internal...

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Royal Farms, Maryland-Based Convenience Store, Slashes Employee Hours To Skirt Obamacare

(4036) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 12:29 PM

A convenience store chain with roughly 150 stores in mid-Atlantic states has in recent weeks aggressively cut employee hours to avoid having to provide medical insurance under the national health care reform known as Obamacare, The Huffington Post has learned.

Royal Farms, a Baltimore-based chain, recently reduced most of its...

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Toy Guns Shunned By Parents As Holiday Gifts After Newtown Shooting

(84) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 3:49 PM

Three-year-old Jason Halili says he wants to be a police officer when he grows up. The New York City boy already has the requisite gear -- a uniform, hat and badge.

But this week, his mother confiscated one key piece of his aspiring cop identity, citing the

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Walmart Pulls Bushmaster Rifle From Website In Wake Of Newtown Shooting

(5098) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 7:15 PM

Walmart has pulled the Bushmaster Patrolman's Carbine M4A3 Rifle from its web store, The Nation reported on Monday.

The gun, a military-style assault weapon that uses .223 caliber ammunition, is in the same family of guns as the one reportedly used by Adam Lanza to kill...

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Crockett Keller, Texas Gun Store Owner, Offers Teachers Discount After Newtown Shooting

(3265) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 3:43 PM

One outspoken Texas gun store owner is offering local teachers a 10 percent discount to attend his concealed carry handgun classes in light of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.

"I was stunned, but not necessarily shocked, when I heard what happened [in Newtown]," said Crockett Keller, who owns Keller's...

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Walmart Workers At Risk In States Rejecting Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 12:17 PM

If state governors follow through on plans to oppose the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, one substantial group of low-wage workers appears vulnerable to going without medical coverage: people who work at Walmart.

The world's largest retailer recently outlined a new policy that will exclude from health coverage...

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Walmart Workers At Risk In States Rejecting Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

(8369) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 12:17 PM

If state governors follow through on plans to oppose the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, one substantial group of low-wage workers appears vulnerable to going without medical coverage: people who work at Walmart.

The world’s largest retailer recently outlined a new policy that will exclude from health coverage...

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Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren Betrays 'Christmas Spirit,' Says Progressive Group

(2436) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 3:58 PM

Never mind Macy's huge Santa display and legendary holiday parade, a progressive group is accusing its CEO of behaving like a "Grinch."

On Thursday, the Progressive Congress -- a nonprofit representing 75 liberal congressmen -- announced that it gathered 100,000 signatures for a petition urging the department store's CEO,...

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American Apparel Lawsuit Says CEO Dov Charney Threw Dirt At Employee

(646) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 7:55 PM

Dov Charney, chief executive officer of American Apparel, the clothing retailer best known for manufacturing its clothes in the United States, stands accused of conduct that seems more typical of an overseas sweat shop boss. A lawsuit filed last week in a Los Angeles court by a former store manager...

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Walmart's New Health Care Policy Shifts Burden To Medicaid, Obamacare

(32854) Comments | Posted December 1, 2012 | 10:14 AM

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, plans to begin denying health insurance to newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week, according to a copy of the company’s policy obtained by The Huffington Post.

Under the policy, slated to take effect in January, Walmart also reserves the...

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Fast Food Strikes In NYC Hit Wendy's, Burger King, McDonald's As Workers Demand Better Pay

(2291) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 4:25 PM

At 11:30 am on Thursday, the start of the lunch hour rush, 100-some raucous protesters swarmed a Burger King near New York City’s Penn Station, chanting and holding up signs decrying low wages at the restaurant and other New York fast food purveyors.

Standing behind a metal barricade outside the...

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Walmart Strike Hits 100 Cities, But Fails To Distract Black Friday Shoppers

(17227) Comments | Posted November 23, 2012 | 6:19 PM

DALLAS and LOS ANGELES -- As she neared the entrance of a Dallas Walmart shortly before midnight on the eve of the shopping frenzy known as Black Friday, Tammy was both shocked and thrilled to encounter a group of more than 40 protesters.

Having worked for a dozen years as...

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Walmart Strikers Prepare For Black Friday Protests Across Country

(14460) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 8:09 PM

DALLAS -- On Thanksgiving afternoon, as freshly stuffed Americans prepared for the shopping bacchanal known as Black Friday, hundreds of Walmart workers readied themselves for a wholly different experience: joining strikes and labor actions planned for the next two days at some 1,000 Walmart stores around the country.

Here in...

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Twinkie Shortage Shows Hostess Fans Went A Little Crazy Over Bankruptcy

(290) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 6:44 PM

Steve Ettlinger, author of Twinkie, Deconstructed, a book on the ingredients found in processed foods, received 13 interview requests by Friday afternoon to comment on the bankruptcy of junk-food maker Hostess Brands.

Ettlinger, a writer living in New York City, first realized how worked up people got about Twinkies after...

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Walmart's Internal Compensation Documents Reveal Systematic Limit On Advancement

(18912) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 2:25 PM

Two years ago, when she started working at the deli counter of a Walmart in Illinois, Lisa hoped that her job would amount to the beginning of a career, one that would pay enough to cover her bills and enable her to stay current on her student loan debt.

But...

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Walmart Strikers Promise Huge Black Friday Showdown With 1,000 Protests Nationwide

(756) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 5:00 PM

An organization of Walmart workers is planning a series of strikes next week that they hope will paralyze the world's largest retailer on the biggest shopping day of the year.

Employees will stage 1,000 unique protests around the country on Black Friday, a United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW)...

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Applebee's Backlash Sparked By Zane Tankel's Obamacare Slam

(9265) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 10:12 AM

Heated comments from an Applebee's franchise owner sparked viral outrage against the giant restaurant chain, marking a new phase in the war over Obamacare.

Over the weekend and on Monday, Applebee's employees and customers expressed their anger over comments made on the Fox Business Network last week by Apple-Metro CEO...

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