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Black Friday gets a little less frenzied

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 08:56

Shoppers head into Target just after thei doors opened at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year.


BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Thinner crowds, protests, beer

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 08:53

Target shoppers Kelly Foley, left, Debbie Winslow, center, and Ann Rich use a smartphone to look at a competitor's prices while shopping shortly after midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators.


Lawsuit accuses Wells Fargo of biased lending in Chicago area

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 08:44

The Wells Fargo bank branch in Golden, ColoradoBy Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co was sued on Friday by Cook County, Illinois, which accused the largest U.S. mortgage lender of targeting black, Hispanic and female borrowers with predatory and discriminatory lending in the Chicago area. The lawsuit is the latest accusing major banks of biased mortgage lending that harmed major American cities, such as Los Angeles, Miami and Baltimore, and prolonged the nation's housing crisis. These lawsuits have had mixed success. According to a complaint filed in the U.S. ...


Federal panel to hear ex-Detroit mayor's appeal

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 08:32

FILE - In this May 25, 2010, file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits in a Detroit courtroom. A three-judge panel will hear Kilpatrick’s appeal for a new trial. Documents show oral arguments are scheduled for Jan. 13, 2015, before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — A three-judge panel will hear former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's appeal for a new trial.


Air Force offers details of bomber training zone

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 08:25
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Any given location across a sprawling area of the Northern Plains could see up to nine low-altitude overflights by military aircraft annually under a proposed expansion of an Air Force bomber training area detailed Friday.

Homeless woman's stun gun spurs 2nd Amendment case

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 08:22

Federal judge throws out DC ban on guns outside homeBOSTON (AP) — Jaime Caetano was beaten so badly by her ex-boyfriend that she ended up in the hospital. So when a friend offered her a stun gun to protect herself, she took it.


Officials suspect poisoning in Oregon crow die-off

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 08:14
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say corn was in the stomachs of two dozen crows and it was likely tainted, causing their deaths in downtown Portland this week.

Seattle police say protesters enter shopping mall, chain doors shut

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 07:57
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle protesters entered a downtown shopping mall on Friday afternoon and chained shut at least two doors at an entrance, police said. More than 120 people, many expressing anger over a grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, were marching in Seattle when a portion broke off, went through Pacific Place mall and chained shut two doors, Seattle Police Department spokesman Patrick Michaud said. (Reporting by Jimmy Lovaas in Seattle; Writing by Eric M. Johnson)

Christie vetoes politically charged pig crate bill

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 07:48

In this Oct. 27, 2014, photo, Sarah Swingle, of Charleston, S.C., with the Humane Society of the United States, stands immobilized in a human-sized "gestation crate," in front of the Statehouse, in Trenton, N.J. Swingle's demonstration was part of the society's efforts to have Gov. Chris Christie sign legislation that would require state agriculture officials to adopt regulations concerning confinement of pregnant pigs. Christie has until Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, to decide whether to sign the bill. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of certain pig cages in his state, a move many observers see as aimed at appeasing Iowa voters ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run.


Janay Rice 'foggy' on inside elevator

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 07:45
Janay Rice tells ESPN that it's "hard to accept being called a 'victim'" and "never in my life have I seen abuse, nor have I seen any woman in my family physically abused."

Cops: Woman drops cocaine baggie in Pa. police station

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 07:32

 Woman drops cocaine baggie in Pa. police stationAuthorities say a woman being cited for public drunkenness in Pennsylvania accidentally dropped a baggie of crack cocaine on the police station floor


St. Louis-area mall closes on Black Friday as Ferguson protests spread

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 07:30

Anjana Patel cleans up the damage from Monday's riots at her store, Ferguson Market and Liquor, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old has stoked passions nationwide, triggering debates over the relations between black communities and law enforcement. (AP Photo/David Goldman)By Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Demonstrators shut down a shopping mall near Ferguson, Missouri, at the start of the holiday shopping season on Friday as protests over the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer turned against some retailers around the country. After a mostly quiet Thanksgiving Day, protesters were out in force again on Friday to decry Monday's decision by a grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb. ...


U.S. Black Friday shopping marked by thinner crowds, protests

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 07:14

A Walmart employee helps a customer with a 50" TV on sale for $218 on Black Friday in BroomfieldBy Nandita Bose and Nathan Layne WEST HARTFORD, Conn./CHICAGO (Reuters) - Mall crowds were relatively thin on Black Friday in a sign of what has become the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping: the mad rush is happening the night of Thanksgiving and more consumers are picking up deals online. Across the United States, shoppers were greeted by protesters at hundreds of stores - some calling for higher wages at Wal-Mart Stores Inc , others protesting the decision of a grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the August shooting of an 18-year-old unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri. ...


Michael Brown's legacy continues to evolve

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 07:11

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2014 file photo, Nikki Jones, of Spanish Lake, Mo, holds a button in support of Michael Brown while visiting the community in the apartment development near where he was fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo. After Brown's Aug. 9 shooting death at the hands of a white police officer his legacy continues to evolve. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution, Curtis Compton, File)NEW YORK (AP) — For some Americans on opposite sides of a national debate, Michael Brown has become a symbol, epitomizing their polarized views on who bears the blame for the toll of young black men killed by police officers. Brown was a gentle giant, in one version. A defiant troublemaker, in another.


Son arrested after woman run over, killed in Maine

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 07:08
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Police have arrested a man accused of running over and killing his mother in Maine before fleeing nearly a week ago.

Turkey goes through windshield, becomes family's Thanksgiving dinner

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 07:01

Turkey goes through windshield, becomes family's Thanksgiving dinnerCall it a Thanksgiving miracle, a turkey's curse or just plain old fate. A North Texas family was treated to a giant turkey after the bird came smashing through the windshield of a big rig driving past their home


Vegas scooter rider dead in crash on Thanksgiving

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 06:54
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities have identified a scooter rider who died after a car ran a red light and triggered a five-vehicle crash in Las Vegas on Thanksgiving.

NY dealership ceiling partly collapses, killing 1

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 06:48
NEW YORK (AP) — A car dealership's ceiling partially collapsed as construction workers demolished one of its buildings Friday, killing a worker trapped by the rubble as three others scrambled to safety, officials said.

Man dies after shooting at Mexican consulate, other sites in Texas capital

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 06:40
By Jim Forsyth and Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A man apparently upset about U.S. immigration policy was fatally shot on Friday after firing more than 100 rounds of ammunition at buildings including the Mexican consulate, a U.S. courthouse and police headquarters in the Texas capital, police said. Police identified the gunman as Larry McQuilliams, 49, an Austin resident with a criminal history. ...

Oil plunge is threat and boon to global economies

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 06:39

People wait to cross a street in front of a Shell filling station with the electric indicator showing a liter of regular gas price, top, at 148 yen, or $1.25, per liter (554 yen, or $4.69 per gallon) in Tokyo Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. 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 weak so prices are falling. The latest slide was triggered by OPEC’s decision Thursday to leave its production target at 30 million barrels a day. Member nations of the cartel are worried they’ll lose market share if they lower production. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses.