BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Updates from start to finish NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday was already well underway before many awoke this morning. The traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season has become a two-day affair, with more stores opening before people put down their turkey legs on Thanksgiving. There's good reason for the creep; businesses know shoppers will only spend so much, and they want the first crack at those holiday budgets.
Ferguson protests move to retail stores MANCHESTER, Mo. (AP) - Dozens of people interrupted holiday shopping at major retailers around the St. Louis area late Thursday and early Friday to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. Other Black Friday protests are planned in other shopping centers around the nation. About two dozen people chanted "no justice, no peace, no racist police" and "no more Black Friday" after police moved them out of a Wal-Mart during an early-morning protest in Manchester.
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Austin police kill gunman who targeted buildings AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Austin authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on the Mexican Consulate, city police headquarters and other downtown buildings early Friday morning. Police response to the shooting, which was reported at 2:22 a.m. Friday, was slowed by the discovery of an apparent explosive device in the suspect's vehicle, Assistant Police Chief Raul Munguia said at a news conference.
A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future ST. LOUIS (AP) - Protests are scheduled at shopping centers around the country in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. A few popped up in St. Louis-area retail stores late Thanksgiving and early Friday on the start of what is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year. ---
In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice CAJAMARCA, Peru (AP) - The vigilantes collared the short, pot-bellied man at Cajamarca's teeming outdoor market and marched him to their storefront. He was a serial pickpocket, they said. The man, 42, was made to empty his pockets, shed his shoes, drop to the floor and do pushups. A look of terror etched his face well before the whip stung his backside. He shrieked, jumped to his feet and begged for mercy, claiming he was innocent.
Pope calls for Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Pope Francis has condemned the Islamic State assault on Christians and other religions minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in Turkey to encourage Muslim leaders to take a stronger stand against extremists who twist religion to justify terrorism. Francis sought to offer a balanced message Friday as he met with Turkish officials upon his arrival. He reaffirmed that military force was justified to halt the extremists' advance, but called for greater dialogue between Christians and Muslims to end fundamentalism.
Second act of Black Friday shopping in full swing NEW YORK (AP) - Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season. The big question: How much the Thanksgiving shopping will hurt Black Friday, which is relinquishing its status as the frenzied start of the holiday shopping season?
Rebels push forward in southern Syria BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power The advances appear to be a rare visible success story from efforts by the U.S. and its allies to train and arm moderate rebel fighters.
French president visits Ebola-stricken Guinea CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) - French President Francois Hollande arrived Friday in Guinea, becoming the first Western leader to visit a country hit hard by Ebola. Guinea's president greeted his French counterpart at the airport as an off-key brass military band played. French health workers responding to the Ebola crisis also greeted Hollande.