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Holiday shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving
NEW YORK (AP) -- Black Friday used to kick off the holiday shopping season, but now that day has taken a backseat to Thanksgiving Day. Still, retailers have settled into times that don't interfere with the turkey feast....

Travelers take to the roads and the skies for Thanksgiving
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The big Thanksgiving getaway went into full swing Wednesday with drivers delighted by the lowest November gas prices in years and many airline passengers undaunted by terrorism fears and long lines at security checkpoints....

Russia strikes back at Turkey with economic sanctions
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia plans to retaliate against Turkey for the downing of a warplane by imposing sanctions, cutting economic ties and scrapping major investment projects....

Source: Alibaba in talks to buy Hong Kong's SCMP newspaper
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is in talks to buy Hong Kong's leading English language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, a person with knowledge of the potential deal said Thursday....

Is Portugal about to go down the same road as Greece?
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- An anti-austerity alliance including radical leftist parties takes power. A shaky economy and huge debts menace the national economy. The rest of Europe watches with a wary eye....

Denmark's Bang & Olufsen considering takeover bid
HELSINKI (AP) -- Consumer electronics company Bang & Olufsen says it's in talks over a potential takeover bid, sending its shares surging more than 30 percent....

With US off, global stocks buoyed by Europe stimulus hopes
LONDON (AP) -- With Wall Street closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and tensions between Russia and Turkey fading, European stock markets were buoyed Thursday by expectations that the European Central Bank will back further stimulus for the ailing 19-country eurozone economy next week....

Study: Skin care drug prices up 401 percent since 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The cost of prescription skin treatments has skyrocketed since 2009, as the burden of escalating drug prices increasingly weighs on family budgets....

Yahoo's CEO is running out of time to turn things around
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Marissa Mayer's nearly four-year attempt to turn around Yahoo needs a turnaround itself, repeating a pattern of futility that has hobbled one of the Internet's best-known companies for the past decade....

Thai poultry producers accused of labor abuses
BANGKOK (AP) -- Poultry exported to Europe from factories in Thailand is sometimes prepared in conditions that violate labor rights, two Scandinavian groups promoting corporate responsibility charged Thursday. The claim comes as Thailand's seafood industry is reeling from allegations that its products are tainted by major labor abuses, including slavery on fishing boats....

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