Customers with electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards cleared shelves at Wal-Mart stores in two Louisiana cities on Saturday night, when the cards weren't showing limits, KSLA News 12 in Shreveport, La., reported. The influx of shoppers in Springhill and Mansfield led to empty shelves in the stores. The glitch-inspired shopping spree ended after a few hours; the EBT cards started showing the limits again around 9 p.m., and customers left their carts filled with food before the checkout, according to the report. EBT cards deliver government benefits electronically with a set spending limit.

Sales tax rules may not be a topic of dinner conversation or family road trip banter, but they can be oddly amusing in their own way. From car seats to coats, when and where to charge sales tax can leave even the most savvy online retailer in the dark. Here's just a small sample of sales tax oddities:

New Orleans -- Costco Wholesale Corp. will enter the state of Louisiana with a 148,000-sq.-ft. store at Carrollton Plaza Shopping Center in New Orleans. The new lease, announced by center owner The Feil Organization, will add Costco to a lineup of retailers that includes CVS, Firestone, Family Dollar and Subway. Costco is slated to open spring 2013. "We are very excited about helping to bring Costco to New Orleans and contributing to the area's revitalization,” said Jeffrey Feil, CEO, Feil Organization. "This lease represents a giant step forward for the existing and future retail establishments in New Orleans and

/PRNewswire/ -- Crown Crafts Infant Products, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crown Crafts, Inc. (NASDAQ-CM CRWS), announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Carter's, Inc. (NYSE: CRI), a leading provider of apparel and related products exclusively for babies and young children, for a new line of toddler bedding products catering to the consumer looking for a fun, fresh, lifestyle approach for their two to four year old's room. Crown Crafts Infant Products, a leader in the toddler bedding category is expected to launch the Carter's product line of toddler bedding, blankets & room decor accessories in

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