Christmas Eve store hours for your last minute shopping

If you've got any Christmas gifts to buy Monday, you're late but not alone: According to the National Retail Federation's December survey, more than 7 percent of Americans want to finish holiday shopping on Christmas Eve. Catering to true procrastinators, the majority of stores and malls across the nation are opening early Monday and will close by, with a few exceptions. Amazon is offering same-day Christmas Eve delivery for Prime members in more than 10,000 cities and towns across the country. Many stores therefore want to accept orders for in-store pickup Monday. To help plan your last-minute shopping, here are Christmas Eve store hours for department stores, discount retailers and grocers.

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Federal employees off during Christmas shutdown

President Donald Trump signed an executive order declaring that "all executive departments and agencies will be closed" on Monday Christmas if on a Tuesday. 380,000 federal workers on furlough and forcing another 420,000 employees to work without pay.

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Will Santa deliver a stock market rally?

With gloom spreading on Wall Street and the stock market down nearly 10 percent in 2018, hopes are fading for the late-year rally that normally delivers the gift of gains. Normally, the seven-day stretch that spans the final five trading days of the year and the first two trading sessions of the new year is bullish for the stock market. Jan. 3 says Ari Wald, a technical analyst at Oppenheimer. Exploitation coal: A stock market is on its way down in December 1931 is at fault, spooking investors and turning bearish bearish.

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Raiders prepare for possible final game ever in Oakland

The run-down Oakland Coliseum, with its infield dirt for early season games, substandard loose rooms, and a prevalent courtesy of Newer and more expensive NFL stadiums, Oakland (3-11) hosts the Denver Broncos (6-8). The Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas in 2020, where they will play in a new $ 1.8 billion, 65,000-seat stadium that will make the Coliseum look like a relic. Coach Jon Gruden said.

FILE – In this Dec. "It's going to be a great atmosphere Monday night, on Christmas Eve, the Denver Broncos coming to town." Oakland Coliseum before at NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland, Calif. The Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas in 2020 where they will play a new $ 1.8 billion, 65,000-seat stadium that will make the Coliseum look like a relic. The franchise is looking forward to a home in 2019. The City of Oakland is making its way to the Raiders earlier this month. The Raiders are talking to the San Francisco Giants about AT & T Park next season, could look to share. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu, File)

Santa Tracker still working, even amid shutdown

Neither rain nor snow nor hail nor want to keep Santa out of the skies on Christmas Eve. And government shutdown or not, NORAD's Santa Tracker wants to follow the Jolly Ol 'Man's journey every step of the way. The Santa Tracker, celebrating its 63rd year, will not be affected by the government shutdown, which started early Saturday after nine governmental departments ran out of funding, and Congress and the White House failed to strike a deal to keep things running. Even if the shutdown extends through the holidays, the Santa Tracker wants to stop using satellites and radar to keep tabs on St. Nick's journey around the globe.

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