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A Maryland auction house has sold a wristwatch that once belonged to Adolf Hitler for $1.1 million. Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City had estimated the value between $2 and $4 million, describing the watch as a “World War II relic of historic proportions.” News outlets report that Jewish leaders and others objected to the sale this week, saying it had little to no historical value. The auction house’s president defended the auction and said the buyer is a European Jew. The watch features the initials AH and a swastika. The auction house said a French soldier who was in the first unit to arrive at Hitler's Berchtesgaden retreat in May 1945 seized it as spoils of war.

The Mall of America is expected to reopen Friday, a day after someone opened fire inside the suburban Minneapolis shopping complex, sending shoppers running for cover. Bloomington police say no one was struck by the gunfire Thursday afternoon and they are searching for a suspect in the shooting. Officials temporarily locked down the mall, forcing some shoppers to shelter in place while others fled. Police Chief Booker T. Hodges said two groups got into an altercation inside a Nike store at the mall, and one person fired three rounds.

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When camp counselor Allie Tarantino was flipping through a magazine years ago, he came upon a familiar name: Mark Zuckerberg. He rifled through boxes of memorabilia in his basement, running his fingers over old photos, newspapers and bus maps before finding a signed baseball card of a very young Zuckerberg grinning in a red jersey and gripping a bat. Zuckerberg, then age 8 or 9, had offered the card he’d printed as a parting gift at the end of camp. Three decades later, Tarantino is putting the card up for auction. The card will also be auctioned off in a digital format as a so-called NFT.

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Back-to-school shopping is extra expensive this year, due to inflation. But coordinating with people in your community can help you save money. For example, plan a bulk order of supplies that you and other school parents can split for a lower cost per unit. Or check if a local organization, such as a library, place of worship or community center, is planning a supply drive. (If not, make the case for one.) Shopping at local secondhand markets, such as Buy Nothing groups, Nextdoor and garage sales, can help you save money on reusable items like backpacks. And to combat high gas prices, consider organizing a carpool among nearby families.

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This back-to-school shopping season, parents are focusing on the basics while also trading down to cheaper stores as surging inflation takes a toll on their household budgets. That is particularly true for parents in the low to middle income bracket. Last week, Walmart noted higher prices on gas and food are forcing shoppers to make fewer purchases of discretionary items, particularly clothing. Best Buy, the nation’s largest consumer electronics chain, cited that inflation has dampened consumer spending on gadgets. Such financial struggles amid the industry’s second-most important shopping season behind the winter holidays mark a big difference from a year ago when many low-income shoppers, flush with government stimulus and buoyed by wage increases, spent freely.

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Employees at a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Massachusetts on Thursday became the latest workers at a major company to approve a labor union. The store in Hadley is the first Trader Joe’s with an employees union. Workers at two other company locations have initiated unionization efforts. The workers in Hadley are organizing under the name Trader Joe’s United, which will be an independent union and not affiliated with a larger existing union. Now that it's been approved, the next step is putting together a negotiating committee to hammer out a contract with the California-based company.

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A new survey revealed that 90% of shoppers say the current economic conditions will impact their back-to-school budget this year.

Host Teri Barr is talking with Kimberly Palmer, a Personal Finance Expert with NerdWallet, to learn how higher prices and lower supplies are impacting back-to-school shoppers.

Kimberly also shares six creative tips to help you save on your school shopping budget.

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The parents of a 14-year-old girl killed by Los Angeles police in a clothing store last year have filed a lawsuit against the department and the officer whose rifle round pierced a dressing room wall. Valentina Orellana Peralta and her mother were shopping for Christmas clothes on Dec. 23 at a Burlington store in the San Fernando Valley’s North Hollywood neighborhood when an officer fired three rifle rounds at a suspect. One of the bullets went through the dressing room wall and fatally struck Orellana Peralta as her mother held her. LAPD Chief Michel Moore on Tuesday offered his condolences to Orellana Peralta’s family. The lawsuit was filed July 14.

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Buzz Aldrin’s jacket worn on his historic first mission to the moon’s surface in 1969 has been auctioned off to a bidder for nearly $2.8 million. Sotheby's says the amount paid for the Apollo 11 Inflight Coverall Jacket is the highest for any American space-flown artifact sold at auction. The unidentified winning bidder outlasted several others in a bidding that spanned almost 10 minutes. The jacket displays Aldrin's name tag on the left breast above the Apollo 11 mission emblem. Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first astronauts to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.

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A mint condition 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card could break records at auction. The auction house estimates it could exceed $10 million. The card’s current owner is a New Jersey waste management entrepreneur who bought the rare card for $50,000 in 1991 at a New York City card show. Pre-bidding has started and the auction ends Aug. 27. The record for a baseball card is $6.6 million, which was for a 1909 Honus Wagner card that was sold at auction a year ago. Another Mantle card from 1952 went for $5.2 million last year.

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Muhammad Ali’s championship belt from his 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight title fight has sold at auction for $6.18 million. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said Sunday that the winner of the heated competition for the belt was Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. In a tweet Sunday, Irsay confirmed he has acquired the belt for his collection of rock music, American history and pop culture memorabilia that is currently touring the country. The 1974 fight was one of boxing’s most memorable moments, with Ali stopping the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the African nation of Zaire.

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