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Holiday sales rose by 4.1% in late 2019

NEW YORK—The nation's largest retail trade group says holiday sales increased 4.1%, near the top end of its forecast.

The National Retail Federation had expected a range of 3.8% to 4.2% for the November and December period.

The results offer a dose of optimism for the retail industry after several large stores delivered disappointing holiday sales.

Judge won't compel the health system to fund doctor's defence

COLUMBUS, Ohio—A federal judge declined for now to compel a Michigan-based health system to advance legal costs for a doctor's defence against murder charges in the deaths of 25 Ohio hospital patients.

U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh in Michigan concluded Wednesday it's in the public interest to deny the preliminary injunction sought by William Husel.