FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, photo, Wal-Mart employees Jon Christians and Lori Harris take job applications and answers questions during a job fair at the University of Illinois Springfield campus in Springfield, Ill. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season in 2014, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Holiday sales seen rising 4.1 percent

The National Retail Federation said Tuesday that it expects sales during the November and December period to be up 4.1 percent to $616.9 bil…

FILE- In this June 26, 2013 file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

High court denies gay marriage appeals

The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion…