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Black Friday sales estimated to break records

US retail sales on Black Friday hit a new record for the start of the holiday shopping season that follows Thanksgiving, according to early estimates published Saturday. Sales hit $11.4 billion, up 6.6 percent compared to last year, and the biggest dollar amount ever spent on Black Friday, Chicago-based research…

Pepper spraying Wal-Mart shopper turns herself in

The woman who reportedly used pepper spray on fellow Black Friday shoppers at a Los Angeles’ Wal-Mart has turned herself in. According to CBS affiliate KCAL, the woman turned herself into LAPD officers Friday evening. The incident came as crowds were in line to buy a new XBox 360. At least…

More Chevy Volt battery fires lead to Federal investigation

US federal regulators have launched a formal safety defect investigation of the Chevrolet Volt after new battery fires in tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Earlier this month, US officials said they had launched an investigation into electric vehicle safety after a damaged lithium battery in a Volt…

NBA owners and players reach tentative deal

NBA owners and players reached a tentative deal Saturday to end a lockout that had thrown the whole basketball season into jeopardy, planning to begin a shortened schedule on Christmas Day. NBA commissioner David Stern emerged from a 15-hour meeting early Saturday morning to say the parties had reached a “tentative understanding that is…

Kansas governor tattles on teen’s rude tweet

CHICAGO — The governor of Kansas faced an online trashing Friday for tattling on a teenaged girl who sent out a critical tweet during a visit to the state capitol. Emma Sullivan, 18, was hauled into her principal’s office and ordered to write letters of apology after one of Governor…

Supreme Court to decide whether lawsuits require harm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a dispute pitting big business against consumer groups, the Supreme Court hears arguments Monday on whether a person has to suffer legal harm to sue a company over an alleged kickback it got. Cleveland home buyer Denise Edwards sued her title insurance company under a 1974…

Lawyer suggests Strauss-Kahn was victim of political plot

Disgraced ex-IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer on Friday suggested that a political plot could have been behind sex assault charges that brought down his client. Washington attorney William Taylor referred to an upcoming investigative article in the New York Review of Books as evidence that the then powerful French politician…

Two bodies found in Ohio, links to Craigslist ads possible

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Authorities recovered two bodies from shallow graves in Ohio on Friday that may be linked to the shooting of one man and suspicious death of another who had responded to online help wanted ads. Few details were released about the recoveries of one body from behind a…

Violence, pepper spray mar Black Friday shopping

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Black Friday turned into a black mark against American shoppers as riotous crowds brawled over video games, waffle irons and towels, drawing international condemnation and even raising questions about the state of humanity. One of the most outrageous incidents of the day was in the Los…

LA mayor tells defiant ‘Occupy’ demonstrators to go

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ordered anti-capitalist [sic] protesters to leave the spot where they have been rallying since October by 12:01 am Monday, citing public safety concerns. “Occupy LA has brought needed attention to the growing disparities in our country and I look forward to its ongoing efforts to…

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