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With one fiscal crisis resolved, the next budget fights and political battles are beginning to take shape. President Barack Obama is calling for Congress to come up with a "balanced" year-end budget deal as lawmakers ready for the first budget conference committee in four years....

The Plano, Texas-based chain will be opening most of its 1,100 stores at 8 p.m. , the same as rival Macy's. The Thanksgiving evening opening is much earlier than last year, when Penney didn't open until 6 a.m. Friday. That made the retailer one of...