November 26, 2014

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Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2013 file photo, customers shop at a Target store in Colma, Calif. Experts say Thanksgiving weekend lives up to the hype of serving up the best bargains of the year from TVs to clothing. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year. Turns out, shoppers will find more discounted items in stores that are Read More…

10 Things to Know for Tuesday, Nov. 25

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 Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Chaos fills Ferguson streets  Looting and arson spread in the Missouri town after a grand jury declines to indict a white policeman for killing unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown. 2. Ferguson not an exception when it comes Read More…

Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby’s record of big donations to colleges and other institutions has been a key part of his rosy public image. But even his generosity can’t stand apart from the rising tide of allegations made by women accusing him of sexual assault. A North Carolina school, High Point University, removed the 77-year-old entertainer Read More…

Bollywood women soar but ask: Where’s the money?

Indian actor Kangana Ranaut displays a dress created by Indian designer Anju Modi at the India Couture Week, held by Fashion Design Council of India, in New Delhi, India. This is Bollywood’s year of the woman. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)

NEW DELHI (AP) — This is Bollywood’s year of the woman. Some of the biggest hits in India’s prolific movie industry this year have female leads in female-oriented stories. In this summer’s surprise hit, “Queen,” Kangana Ranaut is the spunky heroine who embarks on her honeymoon alone after she is jilted the day before her big fat Read More…

Storm may snarl trip for Thanksgiving travelers

This Oct 29, 2011, file photo shows vehicles travelling slowly in near white out conditions along State Route 309 in Mountaintop, Pa., A nor'easter was expected to develop along the East Coast just as millions of travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations, bringing mostly rain close to the coast, but heavier snow further inland. (AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Mark Moran, File)

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Some Thanksgiving travelers along the East Coast were heading out early because of a forecast calling for a nor’easter that will bring rain and snow. “I was really getting nervous about getting stuck and not making it home for the holidays,” said Jenna Bouffard, a Manhattan public relations executive who said she switched Read More…

Iraq to overhaul Baghdad security to stop bombings

Iraqi federal policemen search a car at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq. The government is now trying to revamp security measures, moving away from reliance on ubiquitous concrete blast walls and police checkpoints. Instead, the plan is to beef up police intelligence units that have gone understaffed and underfunded since the fall of Saddam Hussein. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad’s neighborhood of Gorayaat, a small Shiite enclave on a bend in the Tigris River, exemplifies the failures of Iraq’s security agencies trying to protect the capital from attacks by the Islamic State. The district has been a target for years, hit by so many bombings, suicide attacks, rockets and mortars that residents have lost Read More…

New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules on Tuesday, requiring establishments Read More…

Iran leader says West will not defeat Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Supreme Leader said Tuesday that western powers will not be able to bring the country to its knees in nuclear talks, however he gave his indirect approval for a continuation of those negotiations. “On the nuclear issue, the United States and European colonialist countries gathered and applied their entire efforts to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees Read More…

Hagel resignation comes at messy moment for US

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, listens as President Barack Obama, right, talks about Hagel's resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Hagel is stepping down under pressure from Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning at a particularly tough time for U.S. foreign and defense policy, with one war ending, another just beginning and the Pentagon struggling with the prospect of deeper budget cuts ahead. It also raises the prospect of policy shifts as President Barack Obama seeks to sign up his fourth Read More…

Most police shootings don’t end with prosecutions

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, on Monday, at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri grand jury’s decision to spare police officer Darren Wilson from criminal charges makes his case the latest in a long line of police shootings that show the latitude that the law and the courts give law enforcement in using deadly force. The question for the panel that decided the case Read More…