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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 Thanksgiving Day is the new tradition for some shoppers. About an hour before the 6 p.m. opening at Macy's in New York's Herald Square, about 100 people lined up. An hour and a half before the Toys R Us in New York's Times Square opened at 5 p.m., about 40 people stood in line. And at the 24-hour Wal-Mart store in Naperville, Illinois, the aisles were clogged with people and carts by 6 p.m., when employees began pulling shrink wrap off palettes of merchandise to mark the official start of Black Friday deals.

Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation against IS
The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad. IS has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks against both of the countries? citizens in recent weeks: Nov. 13 shootings and suicide bombings in Paris which killed 130 people, and the Oct. 31 bombing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt?s Sinai Peninsula that claimed 224 lives. French President Francois Hollande has been on a diplomatic drive since the Paris attacks to increase cooperation in tackling IS, which holds swathes of territory in both Syria and Iraq: He has met this week with President Barak Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi before flying to Moscow Thursday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

10 Things to Know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. FRANCE, RUSSIA REACH CONSENSUS ON ISLAMIC STATE STRATEGY The two presidents agreed to increase intelligence sharing and cooperate when targeting the extremist group. 2. WHAT CHICAGO PROTESTERS ARE PLANNING FOR BLACK FRIDAY Demonstrators will march down the Magnificent Mile on the busiest shopping day of the year to bring attention to issues like police brutality. 3. TRUMP DENIES MAKING FUN OF REPORTER WITH DISABILITY During a South Carolina speech, the Republican presidential hopeful appeared to imitate mannerisms of a reporter with a condition that affects joint movement, but he says he was only mocking his journalism.

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Big balloons, heavy security for NYC Thanksgiving parade
NEW YORK (AP) - Americans paused Thursday to celebrate their blessings despite terrorism fears and racial tensions over fatal police shootings across the country. A record number of police officers patrolled the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, while St. Louis resumed its annual parade, canceled last year amid protests over Michael Brown's death. At the White House, President Barack Obama spent a quiet holiday with a traditional meal. Here's a look at how other Americans celebrated: --- TIGHT SECURITY FOR SNOOPY AND SPONGEBOB Spectators at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York noted a stepped-up police presence, with officers perched on buildings like Radio City Music Hall and watching from helicopters hovering overhead.

White House undergoes holiday lockdown after man jumps fence
WASHINGTON (AP) - A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving. The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges, the Secret Service said in a statement. The incident took place about 2:45 p.m. EST. An image of a man atop a section of fence in front of the North Lawn was posted on the website of television station WJLA. Another image showed the man standing on the lawn with his arms raised in victory. A witness to the incident, Victoria Pena of Houston, said the man was standing with other people visiting the White House compound when he rushed toward the fence carrying what appeared to be a binder.

Trump called out for appearing to mock disability
WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the "poor guy" and make fun of him. A statement posted on his Twitter account said Trump doesn't know the reporter personally or what he looks like and was only mocking his journalism. The New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski, "should stop using his disability to grandstand," the statement quoted Trump as saying. Kovaleski has a congenital condition that affects joint movement. In a speech Tuesday in South Carolina, Trump said, "Poor guy, you oughta see this guy," and gestured in a jerky fashion as if imitating Kovaleski's movements.

The Latest: Friday's protest to target main shopping area
CHICAGO (AP) - The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local): 2:05 p.m. A march protesting the videotaped slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer is planned Friday in the city's busiest shopping district on the busiest shopping day of the year. The Rev. Jesse Jackson says the march will begin at 11 a.m. Friday. He and others are trying to bring attention to the 2014 incident, in which the black teenager was shot 16 times by a white police officer. Organizers say it was a flawed investigation and authorities tried to keep the videotape from being released.

Teen killed by Chicago officer had broken, troubled family
CHICAGO (AP) - A black teenager shot 16 times by a white Chicago police officer was a ward of the state when he died, having spent years being shuttled between different relatives' homes and foster care from the time he was 3. Laquan McDonald, whose name demonstrators have shouted for two days and will shout again during a planned rally to disrupt the city's famed Magnificent Mile shopping corridor Friday, lived a troubled, disadvantaged life and had at least one previous brush with the law. School officials and the McDonald family lawyer say there were signs Laquan was trying to get his life in order, though prosecutors say he had drugs in his system and was burglarizing cars on Oct.

Pope presses case for adequate, dignified housing in Nairobi
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Pope Francis is visiting a slum on Nairobi's northwestern edge to press his call for adequate and dignified housing for society's most marginal, especially in burgeoning megacities like the Kenyan capital. Francis has frequently insisted on the need for the three "Ls" - land, labor and lodging - and on Friday he's expected to focus on housing as a critical issue facing the world amid rapid urbanization that is helping to upset Earth's delicate ecological balance. Kangemi is one of 11 slums dotting Nairobi, East Africa's largest city. The shanty itself has about 50,000 residents living without basic sanitation.

Panthers still perfect, Romo hurt again in 33-14 Dallas loss
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Cam Newton sprinted to a corner of the $1.2 billion showplace of the Dallas Cowboys, pointing a camera at celebrating Carolina fans while gesturing to them with a wide smile. A few minutes later, a somber Tony Romo talked to reporters with his left arm in a sling for the second time this season because of a collarbone injury. The Panthers are 11-0 after a 33-14 victory in their Thanksgiving debut, and the Cowboys could be facing another long stretch without Romo in what has become a lost season for the defending NFC East champions. Luke Kuechly and Kurt Coleman returned two of Romo's three interceptions for touchdowns, and Newton ran for the Panthers' only offensive score as they pushed their NFL-best winning streak to 15 regular-season games Thursday.

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