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BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Protests for Ferguson, $15/hour

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  • BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Protests for Ferguson, $15/hour
    BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Protests for Ferguson, $15/hour

    NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday has become the part two of the kick-off to the holiday shopping season, with stores opening earlier on Thanksgiving.

  • Ferguson protests move to retail stores
    Ferguson protests move to retail stores

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators sought to catch the attention of shoppers looking for good deals on Friday, going to major retailers around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

  • Second act of Black Friday shopping in full swing
    Second act of Black Friday shopping in full swing

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stores are welcoming a second wave of shoppers in what has become a two-day kickoff to the holiday shopping season.

  • Michael Brown's legacy continues to evolve
    Michael Brown's legacy continues to evolve

    NEW YORK (AP) — For some Americans on opposite sides of a national debate, Michael Brown has become a symbol, epitomizing their polarized views on who bears the blame for the toll of young black men killed by police officers. Brown was a gentle giant, in one version. A defiant troublemaker, in anoter.

  • Immigrants' chances tied to their state's policies
    Immigrants' chances tied to their state's policies

    PHOENIX (AP) — If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver's license and qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago.

  • Baby of dead pregnant woman in critical condition

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man whose pregnant fiancee was struck and killed by a van in a Pittsburgh parking lot says their son was born by emergency cesarean section and doctors are evaluating whether he was harmed by a lack of oxygen.

  • NYC panel nears decision on police chokehold death

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City grand jury is quietly nearing a decision in a case that's drawn comparisons to the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

  • Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices
    Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time.

  • NY boys rescued from snow aided by air pocket

    NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two boys trapped in a snow pile in the Hudson Valley for several hours after a plow buried them were able to survive thanks to an air pocket in the heavy, wet snow, New York police said Friday.

  • In Ferguson, mundane choices lead to tragedy
    In Ferguson, mundane choices lead to tragedy

    The two friends' morning intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex. Dorian Johnson had been up since 7 a.m. on this overcast August Saturday and after getting dressed, he was ready for a smoke — on any other morning a carefree ritual for easing into his day's outine in the St.

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