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A social-distancing sign reminds shoppers to stay apart as a Christmas trees display stands at the end of walkway in a Macy's department store Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in northeast Denver.  After months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope. In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending. But these are not normal times. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Black Friday offers beacon of hope to struggling storesAfter months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope
The Associated Press6 hours ago
Zooming From the Bathroom, in Hindsight, Was a MistakeFrances Cogelja returned from a bathroom break and set her laptop down, fully rejoining the public comments portion of Monday's meeting of the Hackensack School Board. No one said anything to Cogelja, a board member, at first. Then the New Jersey board's vice president told her: "You need to go....
Newser8 hours ago
Macy's Takes Heat Over 'Diverse Dance Group'There was a problem with a cheery Macy's tweet introducing an entry in its Thanksgiving Day Parade. "What's that sound, you ask? Why it's the diverse dance group, Zeta Phi Beta Steppers!" the Thursday post said. "Performing a special routine they put together to help us celebrate this unprecedented year....
Newser9 hours ago
National Exams Postponed Till 2022Because so many students are learning remotely or attending schools that are limiting visitors during the pandemic, nationwide tests for fourth and eighth graders will be delayed until 2022. The math and reading tests had been scheduled for January 2021, per US News and World Report . The National Assessment of...
Newser10 hours ago
Holiday travelers crowd the ticketing area of terminal one Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at MSP in Minneapolis. Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)
Thanksgiving travelers try to reach destinations, miss virusThanksgiving travel is especially dicey this year as people fearful of rising coronavirus cases and deaths in some parts of the U.S. attempt to social distance while navigating crowds
The Associated Press10 hours ago
Police: Woman dead after van crashes into Buffalo monumentPolice say a woman has died after a speeding minivan crashed into a monument in downtown Buffalo
The Associated Press10 hours ago
FILE - In this March 5, 2008, file photo, former World Bank President James Wolfensohn delivers his message during a dialogue dubbed "Bridges-Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace," at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila's financial district of Makati, Philippines. Wolfensohn, who served as the president of the World Bank for 10 years, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at his home in New York. He was 86. (AP Photo/Pat Roque, File)
James Wolfensohn, former World Bank president, dies at 86James Wolfensohn, who served as the president of the World Bank for 10 years, has died
The Associated Press11 hours ago
San Antonio police kill man in trailer park fire, shootoutSan Antonio police say officers shot and killed a man who fired on officers and set his trailer on fire
The Associated Press12 hours ago
High Court's COVID Ruling Won't Matter: CuomoNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo brushed off his loss at the US Supreme Court on Thursday. The justices' 5-4 ruling temporarily keeps the state from limiting gatherings at religious institutions in areas hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic to 10 people. The decision "is more illustrative of the Supreme Court...
Newser12 hours ago
West 34th Street is blocked to pedestrians and traffic as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is underway about a block west in New York, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Due to the pandemic, crowds of onlookers were not allowed to attend the annual parade. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes flight in virus timesThe balloons were in the sky and the marching bands took to the streets for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday
The Associated Press12 hours ago
France resumes tax on tech giants, seeks deal with USFrance is resuming collection of a special tax on Big Tech companies like Amazon and Facebook despite the threat of more U.S. retaliatory tariffs on French wines and other goods
The Associated Press13 hours ago
Jesus Loreto, an attorney representing Tomeu Vadell, one of six U.S. oil executives jailed for three years in Venezuela, shows a letter written by Vadell, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. In the letter provided exclusively to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, Vadell pleads for freedom, reflects on his past and shares the pain he feels over being separated from his wife, three adult children and a newborn grandson he's never held. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Venezuela judge convicts 6 American oil execs, orders prisonSix American oil executives held for three years in Venezuela have been found guilty of corruption charges and immediately sentenced to prison
The Associated Press13 hours ago
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