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Black Friday frenzy: Shoppers rush to stores to find bargains

More than previous year. "I'm exhausted; I must have been in there for five hours", Kelly of Dover, Vt., said, outside the Target store in the Monadnock Marketplace. That excludes auto sales, gas and restaurant receipts. That would be an increase of more than 11% and the first time online sales have climbed above $3 billion.

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Clinton to participate in Wisconsin recount

In an interview with NPR's All Things Considered on Saturday, Stein said her goal in pushing for a recount wasn't to change the results of the election but to make sure USA elections are "fair and reliable". Green Party officials filed for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday after reports of possible voting discrepancies in areas that used paper ballots versus those where electronic voting took place.

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Mitchell leads Stampeders' sweep of CFL awards

And despite receiving the CFL's top individual honour, Mitchell hasn't lost sight of why he's here. That celebration just happened to include the players passing around the East Division trophy. But again Jerome Messam was held under 40 yards rushing. Seeming not to notice the snowstorm around him, Lafrance rushed for 157 yards, including the game's final touchdown that killed any hopes of a Calgary comeback.

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France's Francois Fillon, buoyed by debate, heads for finish line

French presidential candidates François Fillon and Alain Juppé went head to head in a television debate on Thursday night, with the former seen as the victor ahead of a vote on Sunday which will decide who will be the French right´s candidate in next year's election.

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US Black Friday online sales total 3.34 bn dollars

They arrived at the relatively quiet MacArthur Center mall in Norfolk shortly after 8 a.m., where each bought a coffee and sat near a Nordstrom . That's where Cyber Monday comes into play. At J.C. Penney, which opened 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and stayed open until 10 p.m. Friday, customers could be seen in relatively long lines at checkout counters Friday afternoon.

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Playful Hamilton on pole, Rosberg disappointed

Rosberg won the F1 World Drivers' Championship for the first time - emulating his father 1982 World Champion Keke Rosberg - but Hamilton fans were not happy. Losing out to Hamilton in 2014 and 2015, Rosberg started 2016 with four straight victories. "That was not the most enjoyable race I've had", he admitted at the end.

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Oil Output Freeze in Russia Means Cutting 2017 Production by 300000Bpd

Oil prices edged higher today but gains were capped by investors' doubts that oil cartel OPEC would agree to a large enough production cut to significantly reduce the global surplus when it meets next week. A senior OPEC delegate said earlier this week full participation by Moscow would be required: "Statements from Moscow indicating they are not willing to participate in a cut but just to freeze - this will make it hard for OPEC to rebalance the market alone and bring prices up".

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Modi's black-money jibe at Opposition roils Parliament

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led the opposition attack, saying the step was a "monumental management failure" which would lead to dip in GDP growth by at least 2 per cent. Amid the din, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said a notice under Rule 267, seeking suspension of business to take up discussion on the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, had been received from Azad.

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Clinton says yea to recount, Trump says nay

A senior Donald Trump adviser is calling Hillary Clinton's decision to join a recount effort "incredible" and noting that the president-elect has not ruled out pursuing a criminal investigation into his former Democratic rival. Until now, Trump had ignored Green Party nominee Jill Stein's fight to revisit vote totals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. More interviews for jobs in the Trump administration are planned for the coming week.

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Matt Stafford throws for 232 yards, one touchdown in Lions' comeback win

With this win, they are sitting atop the NFC North and the rest of the competition doesn't look too threatening. The Vikings (6-5) were facing third down in the final minute when Slay stepped up in coverage and intercepted Bradford. If both teams finish the season tied atop the division, Detroit would win the tiebreak. Matthew Stafford is now tied for the National Football League record of most game-winning drives in the 4th quarter/overtime in a season.

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Trump reportedly seeking top-secret security clearance for his kids

Ivanka Trump, the Jewish daughter of President-elect Donald Trump , said in a prime-time interview that she would not serve in his White House administration. According to a tweet and screengrab from New York Times reporter Eric Lipton , the message read " Ivanka Trump wearing her favorite bangle from the Metropolis Collection on '60 Minutes'".

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Black Friday Deals Lure Bay Area Shoppers From Thanksgiving Celebrations

It has already warned shoppers to "do your research" to avoid falling foul to bogus promotions after a study revealed half of last year's deals were cheaper in the months before and after Black Friday. Shoppers will spend an estimated 51 percent of their holiday budgets this weekend via e-commerce, according to a survey by consulting firm Deloitte.

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Bangladesh pushes back at least 95 Rohingya Muslims

In a country dominated by Buddhists, Rohingya Muslims are considered illegal migrants from Bangladesh. The New York-based rights group made the plea after Bangladesh threatened to send the Rohingya refugees who have arrived in its territory back to Myanmar, where the Myanmarese government and extremist Buddhists have been harassing them.

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Protesters believe they can stay on federal land

The months of protests over the $3.8 billion, four-state pipeline have him and his 34 deputies working 12-hour days, even with help from other law enforcement. But protest organizers said Saturday that they don't intend to leave or stop their acts of civil disobedience. According to Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault, the U.S.

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Yellen affirms interest rate hike likely

In her prepared statement, Yellen said that the committee views that it could become "appropriate relatively soon" to raise interest rates as the US economy continues to expand. This could be negative for the gold market as commodity analysts are bullish on the yellow metal in 2017 as the Fed's monetary policy is not expected to keep up with inflation pressures.

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Weeping, hopeful, Cubans look to future without Fidel Castro

At ceremonies for the opening of the school year, the Cuban leader, retired and increasingly frail, reflected on his legacy, Lesnik said Saturday. Mexico City gun dealer Antonio del Conde, nicknamed "The Friend", met Castro in the 1950s and bought him Granma, the boat he used to sail from Mexico to start the insurgency that toppled USA -backed dictator Fulgencio Batista two years later.

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Thanksgiving sales surge online as shoppers stay home for holiday

Even so, many shoppers across the US still ventured to malls looking for deals. The National Retail Federation reported about one year ago that more than 103 million Americans shopped online during Thanksgiving Weekend 2015, compared to almost 102 million who shopped in stores.

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United Kingdom economy to grow more slowly after Brexit, finance minister says

A smaller "spring statement" will simply be a response to the twice-annual Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts and will contain no "significant tax changes", said the Chancellor, announcing his decision to the Commons. "But the Prime Minister and I remain firmly committed to seeing the public finances return to balance as soon as practicable, while leaving enough flexibility to support the economy in the near term".

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Trump Slams Recount Push As 'A Scam,' Says Election Is Over

Trump's surprising presidential election win over Clinton, Stein and other candidates was propelled in large part by very narrow victories in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and MI. Donald Trump called a recount of votes being prepared in Wisconsin a scam, insisting Saturday that his presidential win should be respected, not "challenged and abused".

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London police seek to link overdose deaths to serial killer

All the victims were given a fatal dose of the drug and their bodies were found dumped in or near the graveyard within 500m of Port's house. Port went on to murder, rape and sexually assault others to fulfil his fantasy of having sex with unconscious men.

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Merkel expected to say she will seek fourth term as German chancellor

The 62-year-old conservative is widely seen as a stabilizing force in Europe at a time of uncertainty after Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as the next USA president. FILE - In this November 8, 2016 file picture German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a joint news conference with the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, at the chancellery in Berlin .

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Why Every Online Holiday Shopping Day Is Cyber Monday

Prices decide where 46 percent of those surveyed shop. "You'd be surprised at how many people say holiday weekend shopping is a family tradition", he said. Wal-Mart started its Thanksgiving sale online at 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday, three hours earlier than previous year. Amazon said that mobile orders on Thanksgiving topped Cyber Monday a year ago, for example, while Walmart said that over 70 percent of website traffic on Thanksgiving was mobile.

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Future of US-Cuba thaw less certain under Trump

While she said this was expected due to Castro's age, it hurts her greatly to learn of the death of a man who "struggled so much for a better world for all". Many Cubans, however, were already imagining the coming years in a Cuba without Fidel Castro . Luis Enrique Fernandez, 19, a sophomore at the University of Florida who came to the United States when he was 13, said he had returned to his home country a few times since leaving, and conditions seemed to have improved slightly.

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Shoppers hit the stores early for Black Friday bargains, freebies

At the new Tanger Outlets Columbus, open for its first Christmas shopping season, the plan for Thanksgiving included a "moonlight madness" sale that brought out shoppers Thursday night. Saks Fifth Avenue has started offering concierge help on its website. J.C. Penney Co. was giving away $500 coupons, while Gap Inc.'s Old Navy touted the chance to win $100,000.

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NYC Holiday Shoppers Hit the Ground Running on Black Friday

However, revenue growth for Thanksgiving Day may slow due to heavy discounting seen in the early hours of Thanksgiving Day, with discounts on tablets, televisions, toys and pet-care items all bigger than a year ago. Online sales are expected to be up 7 percent to 10 percent to as much as $117 billion, compared to a 9 percent growth rate a year ago. For the entire November-December holiday season, Forrester Research forecasts that online sales will exceed the $100 billion mark, surging 17 ...

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Donald Trump's White House counsel pick narrows Pam Bondi's options

Indeed, McFarland has decades of experience in national security , having held a variety of positions in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations prior to her current gig with Fox News . The transition team is also reportedly considering Tennessee Sen. "Don has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law", Mr.

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Students walkout of school to protest Trump for the 3rd day

Witnesses say the Trump supporter joined the march of hundreds and began to argue with anti-Trump protesters. Seattle police tweeted Monday afternoon that the men are not students with Seattle Public Schools. Michael England says the 15-year-old Richard Montgomery High School student wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap was participating in the walk-out Wednesday with about 300 to 500 students from the school.

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Philippine court urged to order Marcos' remains exhumed

Tropical storm "Marce" did not deter protestors yesterday from staging a Black Friday rally in Bacolod City to call on President Rodrigo Duterte to end his alliance with the Marcos family. Marcos ruled the Philippines for 20 years, imposing martial law in 1972 and governing by decree in what was one of the darkest chapters of the country's history.

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Tesla shareholders greenlight SolarCity merger

Excluding the votes of Elon and other affiliated shareholders, more than 85% of shares voted were cast in favor of the acquisition. Analysts were expecting the merger to be approved ahead of the vote. "Tesla's shareholders have overwhelmingly approved our acquisition of SolarCity ", Tesla officials wrote Thursday in a press statement . Investors also raised concerns about the close ties between the two companies.

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Watch record-breaking Hurricane Otto transit Central America, eye intact

In El Salvador, following the quake, officials scrambled to evaluate the possible damage. Otto was forecast to continue moving west-northwest with no expected return to land, the Miami-based U.S. Downgraded to a tropical storm, Otto was about 260 miles south of San Salvador as of 2100 GMT Friday. Tropical storm Otto has killed at least four people and forced thousands to evacuate their homes after battering Nicaragua and Costa Rica with hurricane-force winds and torrential rains.

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AAA Projects Rise in Holiday Travel

AAA reports more than 1.5 million Michiganders will be traveling 50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend, with more people on the road in almost a decade. "It's the gasoline we put in our cars and it's also all sorts of products that are made with plastics, that come from oil and oil derivatives". The national average is expected to near $2.00 a gallon by the end of the year.

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Maradona sees Argentina level Davis Cup final

Argentina then fell behind a break in the second set before breaking Dodig's serve in the eighth game to draw level and then force another tiebreaker, which was tied 4-4 before the Croatians pulled away. Del Potro has won eight of his 10 meetings with Cilic, including the last five, but the Croatian was confident of coming out on top in what should be a mouth-watering contest.

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CHARTS: Is The Electoral College Dragging Down Voter Turnout In Your State?

As one who voted for Clinton, let me plead with people to stop demonstrating. Lara Merling and Dean Baker lay it out : The Electoral College, like the Senate, is biased toward small states. All three states, traditionally Democratic strongholds, ultimately went for Trump on election night. Until the 12th Amendment, electors could vote for any two candidates, which led in 1796 to the election of a president (John Adams) and a vice president (Thomas Jefferson) from different parties.

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Oil prices fall on strong dollar, trading thin ahead of OPEC meeting

Opec's final push to implement the Algiers supply accord and boost oil prices shifted focus to Iran and non-members such as Russian Federation as Iraq appeared to reverse their opposition to output cuts. “As our president said earlier, we are ready to freeze production at the current levels.” President Vladimir Putin on Monday reaffirmed the country is willing to freeze, adding he sees no obstacles to an OPEC agreement this month after the group made major progress in overcoming differences.

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Jailtley rejects Manmohan Singh's criticism of demonetisation

The Bharatiya Janata Party hit back at Rahul Gandhi on Saturday for mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's absence in Parliament, and said it was ironical that the Congress vice-president makes such assertions given the fact that he was adjudged the "worst parliamentarian" in the history of Lok Sabha.


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