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

    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 on some retailers around the…

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  • Man shoots girlfriend, kills self in Chicago Nordstrom store

    (Reuters) - A man shot his girlfriend before fatally shooting himself inside a Chicago Nordstrom on Friday, police said, sending black Friday shoppers scattering from the store. The shooting took place on the second floor of the high-end retailer around 8:30 p.m., said Chicago Police spokesman…

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  • Washington state woman shoots man trying to enter home: TV station

    (Reuters) - A woman shot a 22-year-old man trying to barge into her home early on Thanksgiving morning in a Seattle suburb, and he may have been drinking and gone to the home by mistake, a television station reported. The 33-year-old mother of three woke to the sound of banging on her front door at…

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  • Seattle protesters enter shopping malls, chaining doors shut at one

    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Protesters angered by a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, entered a pair of shopping malls in downtown Seattle on Friday and disrupted a tree-lighting ceremony. More than 120…

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  • Ferguson protesters surprise Macy's Black Friday shoppers in NYC

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 200 people angered by a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, sought to disrupt Black Friday shopping in New York with a protest in front of Macy's flagship store. A…

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  • Arizona man hospitalized over Ebola concerns tests negative

    (Reuters) - A Phoenix man who became ill after returning this week from Sierra Leone, one of the three West African nations hardest hit by an Ebola outbreak, on Friday was taken to a hospital where he tested negative for the virus, officials said. The 32-year-old man, who was not identified, was…

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  • Lawsuit accuses Wells Fargo of biased lending in Chicago area

    By 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…

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  • Seattle police say protesters enter shopping mall, chain doors shut

    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…

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

    By 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…

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  • New York State blocks free medical services at event

    By Sascha Brodsky NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state health officials have stopped a nonprofit group from providing free medical care to thousands of patients lacking health insurance during a four-day dental conference that starts Friday.  The nonprofit, Remote Area Medical, had raised $3 million…

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  • With monkey on the lam, Florida neighborhood goes bananas

    TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida authorities vowed on Friday to capture a monkey last seen running through a Tampa neighborhood that they described as "three-foot tall, brown and fast." A resident initially reported seeing a fleet-footed monkey running through a yard in the middle of a sunny…

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  • Arizona man who visited Sierra Leone hospitalized over Ebola concerns

    (Reuters) - A Phoenix man who became ill after returning this week from Sierra Leone, one of the three West African nations hardest hit by an Ebola outbreak, was taken to a hospital on Friday to check if he was infected with the virus, officials said. The 32-year-old man, who was not identified,…

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  • Judge orders Wal-Mart to let NYC church challenge gun sales

    By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal judge ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to let shareholders vote on a proposal to force tighter oversight of its sale of high-capacity guns and other potentially offensive products. U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday said the…

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  • Man loses legs in Exxon Baton Rouge refinery incident: local media

    HOUSTON (Reuters) - A contract worker lost his legs in an accident on Thursday at Exxon Mobil Corp's Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery, according to a report by WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge. Exxon confirmed a contractor was injured at the refinery on Thursday, but did not confirm the extent of his…

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  • Calm comes to troubled Ferguson; protests dwindle across U.S.

    By Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Tensions eased in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson on Thursday after two nights of violence and looting sparked by racially charged anger over a grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed…

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  • Taliban kill five in Kabul in attacks on British embassy car, foreign compound

    By Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban bombed a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday morning, killing five people, and attacked a foreign compound in the city centre in the evening, officials and witnesses said. The suicide attack on the car in…

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  • Shades of Ferguson: family of NY teen shot dead by cop wins lawsuit

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Relatives of a Hispanic teen shot dead by a white New York police officer are headed back to court in January after winning a lawsuit in a case that could set the stage for the family of slain teenager Michael Brown. A day after a Missouri grand jury declined…

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  • Boston Verizon FiOS subscribers lose access to local Fox channel

    (Reuters) - Boston-area Verizon customers found themselves cut off from one kind of Thanksgiving bird on Thursday: the Eagles football team. Subscribers to Verizon Communications Inc's FiOS cable TV over fiber network service in Boston lost access to Fox's local affiliate station due to a fee…

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