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Cashier Ryan Gray helps customers during a Thanksgiving day sale at a Best Buy store in Broomfield, Colo., on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday was already well underway before many awoke this morning.


2014-11-28 04:24:47 -0700

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the University of Cape TownBy Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report. But the five-year plan has not yet delivered the power. ...


2014-11-28 03:38:39 -0700

Holiday sign hangs in front of the Ferguson Police Department on a Thanksgiving evening that has thus far been devoid of protests in FergusonBy Edward McAllister and Daniel Wallis FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri began targeting Black Friday sales at major retailers overnight in a new tactic to vent their anger at a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen. Kicking off their latest strategy inside a Walmart in another nearby suburb of St. Louis, about 75 demonstrators protested peacefully, chanting "Hands up, don't shoot!", bemusing bargain-hunters pushing their brimming shopping carts. ...


2014-11-27 23:58:57 -0700