• In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, photo, business owner Jerry Amerosi, left, chats with employee Alana Fusco behind the counter at Gerald Peters, one of three stores he owns in the Staten Island Mall, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Amerosi’s three stores in the mall will open at 6 p.m., on Thanksgiving and stay open until midnight. He’ll have eight employees working, and if this Thanksgiving is anything like last year’s, they’ll have their hands full. "It was crazy busy," he said. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Mall stores must open on Thanksgiving but expect to be busy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some big retailers face scrutiny for opening on Thanksgiving, but many small stores have no choice.

  • Letter shows tax chief suggested auditors not fine business

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A letter from state Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla shows she did tell auditors in her agency last year that her former client shouldn’t have to pay a penalty.

  • A Belgian police officer guards the building of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Brussels is keeping its terror alert at the highest level. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Brussels security lockdown hits businesses

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium may be famed for its chocolate and beer, but the lockdown imposed because of a national threat alert is creating a bad taste for many businesses.

  • Lemitar shrimp farm to get federal grant to expand marketing

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A shrimp farm in Lemitar is getting a federal grant to expand its marketing efforts across New Mexico.

  • In this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 photo customers stand in front of a makeshift Afghan shop inside the migrants camp in Calais, northern France. Dozens of wooden-framed shops and restaurants, mostly Afghan, stock shelves with supplies bought at Calais supermarkets. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Migrants build society in French camp they call ‘the jungle’

    CALAIS, France (AP) — Outside, acrid smoke from wood fires stings the eye, the stench of uncollected garbage and neglected toilets assaults the nose, and an autumn wind chills the bone. But inside Mimi Amanuel’s immaculate wood-framed shack, the nightmare life of Calais’ migrant camp cannot overpower a woman’s dreams.

  • Trader Tommy Kalikas right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Stocks are opening slightly lower as the market loses momentum after logging its biggest weekly gain of the year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    European stocks sink as instability fears vex investors

    HONG KONG (AP) — European stock markets opened sharply lower Tuesday as jitters about instability in the Middle East intensified while Asian stock markets dithered as slumping commodity prices weighed on shares of resource companies.

  • APNewsBreak: Emails reveal Coke’s role in anti-obesity group

    NEW YORK (AP) — A nonprofit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke doesn’t influence its work.

  • A laborer walks past piping at a desalination test facility on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Authorities took journalists on a tour of the facility to show ways the United Arab Emirates, which relies heavily on desalinated seawater for its drinking water, is trying to make the process more environmentally friendly. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    Parched Emirates relies on sea as groundwater runs out

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As skyscrapers and gleaming towers rose with lightning speed across the United Arab Emirates over the past two decades, the Gulf nation’s thirst for water grew at an enormous rate — so much so that today, it threatens to dry up all of the country’s groundwater in as little as 15 years, experts say.

  • In this Oct. 3, 2015 photo, a dead spider hangs from its web on the side of a road leading to Iguala, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, near the site where taco vendor Carlos Sanchez was last seen, before he was kidnapped by state police along with his wife, sister, and his cousin. The 36-year-old taco vendor, accused of horse stealing, was tortured and beaten to death. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

    In Mexico, fear as victims vanish at hands of police

    TELOLOAPAN, Mexico (AP) — Carlos Sanchez lay in the backseat of a Honda sedan with his head in his wife’s lap, an oxygen tube in his nose, IV in his arm and three bullets in his body. The 36-year-old taco vendor cried out in pain at every bump on the pitch-dark highway to the city of Iguala.

  • In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, planes taxi on runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.  According to an Associated Press analysis, airplanes spent a record 23 minutes and 32 seconds, on average, taxiing between gates and runways during the first nine months of 2015. That’s the highest since the Bureau of Transportation Statistics started tracking taxi times in 1995 and a 50-second increase over last year’s average. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Stuck waiting: ground delays at US airports on the rise

    NEW YORK (AP) — On a recent morning, Delta Air Lines Flight 435 pushed back early from the gate at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Passengers watched the safety video and settled in for a six-hour trip.