New York boys buried in snow pile heard rescuers calling

Nine-year-old Jason Rivera, left, and Elijah Martinez, 11, appear at a news conference, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Westchester Medical Center's Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. The boys spent seven hours trapped in the snow the night before until an alert police officer saw a shovel half buried and started to dig. (AP Photo/Times Herald-Record, Leonard Sparks)Two boys were trapped in a snow pile for about seven hours after a plow buried them.



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

A protester holds a sign outside a burning Walgreens drug store after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriBy 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 on some retailers around the country. After a quiet Thanksgiving Day, protesters were out in force again to vent their anger at 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. ...



Christie vetoes politically charged pig crate bill

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.



Two shot, one killed in Chicago Nordstrom store: Chicago Tribune

(Reuters) - Two people were shot, and one of them killed, in a Chicago Nordstrom on Friday, sending Black Friday shoppers scattering from the store, the Chicago Tribune reported. Police discovered two people suffering from gunshot wounds when they responded to the call around 8:30 p.m., said Chicago Police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney. Police said it appeared to have been a domestic violence incident, and a shooter was not believed to be on the loose. They gave no further details. ...
U.S. Black Friday shopping marked by thinner crowds, protests

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. ...





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