redeem gift cards received over the holidays.
   Trade associations nationally estimate that retailers will book
up to 15 percent of their holiday business in the week after
   Some stores throughout the state will open early or close late
today to accommodate the anticipated rush.
   Patrice Duker of the International Council of Shopping Centers
suggests that shoppers check a store's hours and exchange or return
policies before setting out.
   She warns that shoppers will need plenty of patience.
   Organ donations a costly affair
   BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- John Wayne Bennett couldn't spring for
as many Christmas presents for his kids this year because he had
already given a generous gift.
   The single father of two donated a kidney to a good friend at
Birmingham's U-A-B Hospital in November.