The Latest: Black Friday
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Protest over Chicago teen's shooting set for retail district
CHICAGO (AP) ? After days of protests in Chicago since the release of a video showing a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer, demonstrators were poised to disrupt Black Friday shopping with a march through the heart of the city's most famous retail district.
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Berlin police release men suspected of planning attackBerlin police said they had released two men on Friday who were suspected of planning an attack and had been arrested on Thursday evening in connection with a search at an Islamic cultural center in the German capital. The German newspaper Tagesspiegel, citing security sources, said the two men from Syria and Tunisia had links to Islamic State, which may have been planning an attack in the western city of Dortmund, But Interior Minister Ralf Jaeger of North-Rhine Westphalia, the regional state in which Dortmund is located, told local newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten that there were no concrete indications of planned attacks in Dortmund.
Burkina Faso: 'Large-scale attack' thwarted ahead of voteOUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) ? Security forces disrupted a "large-scale attack" in Burkina Faso, arresting 13 suspects and seizing weapons and bomb-making materials in the west near Mali's border, the security minister said Friday.
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Black Friday crowds thin after U.S. stores open on Thanksgiving
By Nathan Layne and Nandita Bose PITTSBURGH/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Crowds were thin at U.S. stores and shopping malls in the early hours of Friday, initial spot checks showed, as shoppers responded to early Black Friday discounts with a mix of enthusiasm and caution. Many shoppers headed out to stores on Thanksgiving evening, a month before Christmas, reflecting the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping, which was traditionally kicked off the next day, Black Friday. In an effort to attract the most eager holiday shoppers and fend off competition from Amazon.com Inc , U.S. retailers have increasingly extended their holiday deals by opening stores on the evening of Thanksgiving.