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AP Top U.S. News At 8:21 a.m. EST

BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Updates from start to finish
NEW YORK (AP) -- Black Friday was already well underway before many awoke this morning....

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

Ferguson protests move to Target, Wal-Mart stores
MANCHESTER, Mo. (AP) -- Dozens of people have interrupted holiday shopping at major retail stores around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown....

Immigrants' chances tied to their state's polices
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....

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

NY boys rescued from snow aided by air pocket
NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- New York police believe two boys trapped in a snow pile in the Hudson Valley for several hours after a plow buried them were able to survive thanks to an air pocket in the heavy, wet snow....

For some, location of Brown's hands irrelevant
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The word spread within minutes of Michael Brown's death - a young black man with his hands raised in surrender had just been shot by a white cop....

US celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey
NEW YORK (AP) -- Millions of Americans across the country marked Thanksgiving Day with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many overcame nasty weather, power outages and even being buried in the snow. At the White House, President Barack Obama spent a quiet holiday with a traditional meal....

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

A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- During a quiet holiday night in Ferguson, a small group of protesters demonstrated inside St. Louis-area retail stores, speaking out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown....

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Interactives
A year after the Gulf oil spill, problems remain
Local governments spent BP money with abandon
Civil War celebrations stir controversy
States' attempts to resist health care reform
A look at extremist attacks on the U.S. government
Gun law changes across the U.S.
A look inside the Statue of Liberty
A look around the Statue of Liberty
A look at Guantanamo's history
Up to the Minute
Austin police kill gunman who targeted buildings

NY boys rescued from snow aided by air pocket

Maine fire captain's home damaged in fire

Woman hurt by rock dropped on car has 6th surgery

10 Things to Know for Today

Ferguson protests move to Target, Wal-Mart stores

A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future

Quotations in the News

Immigrants' chances tied to their state's polices

Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices