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'Gray Thursday' makes for smoother Friday shopping

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 12:05

Those hunting for bargains at Minnesota retailers Friday morning found that Black Friday's steady slide back into Thanksgiving Day made for smoother shopping. By sunrise Friday, it was clear that the post-Thanksgiving ...

Cape Verde volcano threatens to destroy villages

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 11:22

The government called for an emergency meeting with U.N. officials.

Ray Rice wins appeal, eligible to play

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 11:01

Ray Rice has won his appeal of the NFL's disciplinary decision.

Judge orders Wal-Mart to let NYC church challenge gun sales

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 10:09

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal judge ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to let shareholders vote on a proposal to force tighter oversight of its sale of high-capacity guns and other potentially offensive products. U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday said the world's largest retailer wrongly excluded such a proposal from Trinity Church, a historic Wall Street church, from its June 6 annual meeting. ...

Christmas tree arrives at White House

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 09:31

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama received the annual Christmas tree delivery at the White House on Friday, heralding the start of the holiday season. Two horses pulled the nearly 20-foot (six-metre) fir tree to the front door of the White House late Friday morning as a small military band played the traditional carol "O Christmas Tree. ...

Ferguson protests move to retail stores

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 09:10

Protesters interrupted holiday shopping at major retailers around the St. Louis area Friday to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

Pregnant St. Louis woman loses left eye after police officer shoots non-lethal round at car

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 08:41

A pregnant St. Louis woman lost her left eye during a violent run-in with cops earlier this week.

'Black Friday' shoppers clash in the U.K.

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 07:34
Shoppers compete to purchase retail items on "Black Friday" at an Asda superstore in Wembley, north London November 28, 2014. Britain's high streets, malls and online sites were awash with discounts on Friday as more retailers than ever embraced U.S.-style "Black Friday" promotions, seeking to kickstart trading in the key Christmas period. In the United States the Friday following the Thanksgiving Day holiday is called Black Friday because spending usually surges and indicates the point at which American retailers begin to turn a profit for the year, or go "into the black". REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS ANNIVERSARY)

Black Friday shopping crowds thin after Thanksgiving rush

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 06:05

By Nandita Bose and Nathan Layne WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Mall crowds were relatively thin early on Black Friday in a sign of what has become the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping: the mad rush is happening the night of Thanksgiving and more consumers are picking up deals online. Most major retailers now open their doors Thursday evening and offer extended holiday deals rather than limiting them to one day. The result is a quieter experience on what has traditionally been the busiest, and sometimes most chaotic, shopping day of the year. ...

Second act of Black Friday shopping in full swing

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 05:22

NEW YORK (AP) — Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season.

Texas police kill man who fired at Austin buildings

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 05:09
By Jim Forsyth AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Police in Austin shot and killed a man who opened fire on three major buildings in the Texas capital on Friday and also may have had some type of explosive device in his vehicle. Police received a call at 2:22 a.m. local time about shots being fired in the downtown area, Raul Munguia, the Austin Police Department's assistant chief, told reporters. He said the suspect appeared to be firing on the Austin Police Department headquarters, the Mexican Consulate and the Federal Courthouse. ...

U.N. torture watchdog urges U.S. to crack down on police brutality

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 04:56

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used only in life-threatening situations. The panel's first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 came in the wake of racially-tinged unrest in cities across the United States this week sparked by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. ...

French Parliament debates recognizing Palestine

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 03:25

PARIS (AP) — France's government is pushing to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, amid growing pressure across Europe for recognition of a Palestinian state after decades of Mideast stalemate.

Black Friday underway across America

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 02:24

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday was already well underway before many awoke this morning.

Protesters target Black Friday sales in Ferguson

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 21:58

By Edward McAllister and Daniel Wallis FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri began targeting Black Friday sales at major retailers overnight in a new tactic to vent their anger at a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen. Kicking off their latest strategy inside a Walmart in another nearby suburb of St. Louis, about 75 demonstrators protested peacefully, chanting "Hands up, don't shoot!", bemusing bargain-hunters pushing their brimming shopping carts. ...

Immigrants' chances tied to their state's polices

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 21:57

PHOENIX (AP) — If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver's license, qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago.

Obama's plan to 'Power Africa' gets off to a dim start

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 21:12

By Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report. But the five-year plan has not yet delivered the power. ...

Calm comes to troubled Ferguson; protests dwindle across U.S.

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 20:07

By Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Tensions eased in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson on Thursday after two nights of violence and looting sparked by racially charged anger over a grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager. Protests also dwindled elsewhere in the United States as the Thanksgiving Day holiday and wintry weather kept many indoors. ...

Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 17:03

NEW YORK (AP) — Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what's becoming a new holiday tradition.

Pope to urge tolerance in Turkey visit as wars rage

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 13:06

By Nick Tattersall and Ece Toksabay ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Pope Francis begins a visit to Turkey on Friday with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. His three-day trip comes as Islamic State insurgents have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria just over Turkey's southern borders, declaring an Islamic caliphate and killing or driving out Shi'ite Muslims, Christians and others who do not share their ultra-radical brand of Sunni Islam. ...