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Black Friday gets a little less frenzied
NEW YORK (AP) -- Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year....

BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Thinner crowds, protests, beer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators....

15 arrested as demonstration return to Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Disrupting commerce, transit and traffic became focal points for demonstrators across the country days after the announcement that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown....

Oil plunge is threat and boon to global economies
A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses....

Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies
NEW YORK (AP) -- A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production hammered major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad....

S&P 500 slips as crude oil sinks
NEW YORK (AP) -- A sharp drop in crude prices tugged down shares in oil and gas companies on Friday, leading the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a slight loss in a short trading session....

Swiss to vote on massive gold-buying plan
GENEVA (AP) -- In Switzerland, a campaign is on to protect the country's wealth by investing in gold - a lot of gold....

Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Christmas trees likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time....

Christie vetoes politically charged pig crate bill
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of certain pig cages in his state, a move many observers see as aimed at appeasing Iowa voters ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run....

US appeals WTO ruling against national meat labels
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from....

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