November 28, 2014

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Second act of Black Friday shopping in full swing

Target shoppers wait to check out on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. The store opened at midnight. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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? The crowds were thin early Read More…

10 Things to Know, Friday, Nov. 28

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. 1. On your mark, get set, shop!  The official start of the holiday shopping season begins and with it, the first sign on whether it’s going to be a happy holiday for retailers. 2. Ferguson protests move to Read More…

1.2 million Australian Christmas lights set record

Lights twinkle in a mall in Canberra, Australia where David Richards has set a Guinness World Record by stringing up almost 1.2 million Christmas lights in the center of the national capital, Thursday. Guinness World Records on Friday confirmed that the 75 miles of multicolored wire strung in the shape of three interconnected giant, wrapped Christmas gifts was the world’s largest image made of Light Emitting Diode, or LED, lights. (AP Photo/AAP Image, Alan Porritt)

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian lawyer has set a world record by stringing up almost 1.2 million Christmas lights in the center of the national capital. Guinness World Records on Friday confirmed that the 75 miles of multicolored wire strung in the shape of three interconnected giant, wrapped Christmas gifts in a downtown Canberra mall was Read More…

Creed frontman Scott Stapp says he’s broke

Singer Scott Stapp, of the band Creed, performs solo in concert at Soundstage, in Baltimore. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Creed frontman Scott Stapp says he’s broke. The 41-year-old lead singer of the Grammy-winning band said in a rambling 15-minute-long video posted on his Facebook page Wednesday that he’s living in a hotel. “Right now, I’m living in a Holiday Inn, by the grace of God, because there’s been a couple of weeks where Read More…

Southern Democrats urge a return to party basics

Democratic Georgia U.S. Senatorial candidate Michelle Nunn concedes the election to Republican David Perdue during her election night in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Southern Democrats are joining others in the party who say that a return to advocating to lift people out of economic hardship and emphasizing spending on education and public works will re-energize black voters and attract whites as well. “It’s time to draw a line in the sand and not surrender our brand,” Rickey Cole, Read More…

Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

Jenny Howell stands among snow-covered Christmas trees on her family-run Howell Tree Farm, Wednesday, in Cumming, Iowa. After several tough years, the nation’s Christmas-tree growers are happy to see higher prices, but customers shouldn’t worry too much. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it’s about time. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out of business. Those who withstood the downturn are relieved they survived. “I’m awful proud to still be in the Christmas tree business,” said Tillman, who ships up Read More…

Oil plunge a panacea for crude-reliant Asia

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. It is also a panacea as pump prices fall, giving individuals more disposable income and lowering costs for many businesses. Partly because of the shale oil boom in the U.S., the world is awash in oil but demand from major economies is Read More…

Immigrants’ chances tied to their state’s polices

Community organizers Lucia Lin, left, and Carlos Amador join about 100 people during a California Department of Motor Vehicles hearing in downtown Los Angeles held to take public comments on proposed rules by which immigrants in the country illegally may obtain driver's licenses. In January, California joins nine other states in allowing immigrants who can’t prove they’re in the U.S legally to get a driver’s license. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

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. But Avila lives in Phoenix, and the 24-year-old immigrant who was brought Read More…

Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visit

Soldiers march in front of the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, in Ankara on Thursday. Pope Francis travels to Turkey this weekend amid new Muslim-Christian tensions and a violent war next door, with Islamic State militants seizing chunks of territory in Iraq and Syria and sending 1.6 million refugees across the border into Turkey. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey’s southern border. Francis is expected to use his opening speeches Friday to denounce the violence being committed in Read More…

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. The protests began Thanksgiving night and continued early Friday. Protesters spent a few minutes at each store, Read More…