Thanksgiving shopping crowds 'good not great'; online sales strong
PITTSBURGH/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Retailers across the United States offered early Black Friday discounts to lure bargain-hunters on Thanksgiving eve, but initial checks showed crowds in brick-and-mortar stores were subdued even as online sales jumped. "It's still early, and from what we are seeing so far the crowds are good but not great," said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners. At the Toys R Us in New York's Times Square, a line of about 200 shoppers, hemmed in by barricades, stretched to the corner of 45th Street and toward Sixth Avenue, where the Macy's Inc Thanksgiving Day parade had ended a few hours earlier.
New York's Thanksgiving parade draws huge crowd amid tight security
By Kylie Gumpert and Alexander Besant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crowds of spectators watched the marching bands, floats and giant balloons of Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, held without incident under tight security almost two weeks after deadly attacks in Paris. President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans on Wednesday they were safe to travel over the holiday.. Police, who were patrolling in record numbers, arrested a 41-year-old Russian tourist for flying a drone in Central Park near the parade route with his son, 14. Police walked alongside many parade groups and helicopters hovered overhead amid enhanced security following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.
Man who jumped White House fence facing charges: Secret Service
A man who jumped the White House fence on Thursday, triggering a lockdown of the presidential mansion, was quickly caught and now faces criminal charges, the U.S. Secret Service said. Joseph Caputo scaled the north fence line of the White House grounds at around 2:45 p.m. and was immediately apprehended, the Secret Service said in a statement. The White House was locked down as the Secret Service conducted a security sweep of the area, and nearby streets were closed off, ABC News and The Washington Post reported earlier.
4th person captured in shooting of Pennsylvania trooper
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? Police have tracked down a fourth person wanted in connection with the shooting of a Pennsylvania state trooper during a chaotic car chase.
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Minneapolis Black Lives Matter protesters hold community Thanksgiving
Minneapolis Black Lives Matter protesters paused on Thursday to share a community Thanksgiving Day meal on the spot outside a police station where they have been demonstrating for more than a week over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man. Hundreds of supporters of the civil rights movement joined residents of north Minneapolis outside the city's fourth police precinct for a traditional holiday feast consisting of roast turkey, stuffing, pie and all the trimmings. The meal was co-hosted by the Minneapolis chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
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News Guide: Protests of Chicago teen's shooting continue
CHICAGO (AP) ? Several hundred protesters amassed on the streets of Chicago a second day in response to the city's Tuesday release of a squad-car video showing a white police officer fatally shoot a black teenager.
Shoppers taking advantage of Black Friday deals in New York City