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  • Ferguson protests move to Target, Wal-Mart stores Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 2:03 AM ET

    MANCHESTER, Mo.— Dozens of people have interrupted holiday shopping at major retail stores around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. According to Johnetta Elzie, who had been tweeting and posting videos of the protests, demonstrations occurred at a Wal-Mart and Target in...

  • Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 1:44 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time. Prices vary according to the variety of tree, but growers this year will see about $20 per tree, $2 more than the last several years, according to Bryan Ostlund, executive director of the Salem, Oregon- based Pacific Northwest Tree Association.

  • Australia out of step with new climate momentum Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 1:24 AM ET

    CANBERRA, Australia— Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who rose to power in large part by opposing a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, is finding his country isolated like never before on climate change as the U.S., China and other nations signal new momentum for action. For a nation of just 23 million, Australia has played a significant role in past talks, but...

  • Early shoppers queue up, analysts see stellar deals Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 1:14 AM ET
    A customer shops for TV deals on Black Friday at Kmart in Griffith Indiana.

    Economists are closely watching whether retailers can entice shoppers to spend during what retailers consider the biggest shopping weekend of the year, the NYT reports.

  • Authorities: Man had stun guns, machete in luggage Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 9:35 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Safety officials say they've found two stun guns, a machete and other weapons in a man's checked baggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the baggage belonged to a man heading to Dubai and the items were found by Transportation Safety Administration agents. Port Authority police say the Queens...

  • The difference between US & Chinese consumers     Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 5:33 PM ET

    Seton Vermaak, Head of Strategy at Razorfish, says Chinese consumers are more prone to online and mobile shopping in comparison to their U.S. peers. Richard Martin of IMA Asia weighs in.

  • US oil can easily sink below $60: IMA Asia     Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 5:11 PM ET

    Richard Martin, Managing Director at IMA Asia, says U.S. oil can drop sink below $60 in the near-term. In Asia, prices are dependent on China, he warns.

  • Vermont clergy seek moral economy, higher wages Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 3:43 PM ET

    Debbie Ingram says the state's progressive religious activists have been quiet for too long, focusing their energies on running soup kitchens and food pantries for those in need— a reaction to the conditions the poor see every day. "Champlain Housing Trust asserts that the statewide housing wage— which is the amount a renter needs to earn in order to afford a...

  • A look at New Jersey's tax incentives for business Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 3:37 PM ET

    GROWTH UNDER CHRISTIE: Since 1996, New Jersey has offered $6.3 billion in such corporate tax breaks. WHERE THE CREDITS GO: Jersey City has been the biggest beneficiary, with $1.4 billion awarded to businesses there. Almost all the $530 million for businesses in Camden has been awarded since 2011. Other places with big credits have included East Rutherford and...

  • Hackers force message on websites via US firm Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 3:34 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— A U.S. firm that helps connect more than 700 companies with customers through social media says a Syrian group hacked the company's web address to upload a message to other websites. The executive says hackers rerouted Internet traffic from its website to a computer server that generated a message to visitors that their site had been hacked by the...

  • Producers: Pipeline not a cure-all for rail delays Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 3:29 PM ET

    PIERRE, S.D.— South Dakota farmers are nearing the end of a record corn harvest this week, but they have serious concerns about grain prices, storage options and rail congestion heading into spring. When producers run out of storage space and rail cars aren't available, they store certain grains on the ground— which can reduce the quality of the grain and affect the...

  • Business incentives boom in New Jersey since 2010 Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 3:03 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey's tax incentives for businesses moving to the state or promising to stay have boomed since Republican Chris Christie became governor five years ago. Since 2010, New Jersey has promised firms nearly $5 billion in future tax credits, including $1.8 billion this year. It's about three times as much as the state promised to try to lure...

  • *OPEC leaves oil output unchanged. Nov 27- Brent crude oil plunged as much as $6.50 a barrel on Thursday, and U.S. crude fell by nearly as much, posting the steepest one-day falls since 2011, after OPEC decided against cutting output despite a huge oversupply in world markets. Crude prices have been falling all week as traders and analysts scaled back expectations...

  • *OPEC leaves oil output unchanged. Nov 27- Brent crude oil plunged as much as $6.50 a barrel on Thursday, and U.S. crude dropped by nearly as much, posting their steepest one-day falls since 2011, after OPEC decided against cutting output despite a huge oversupply in world markets. Crude prices have been falling all week as traders and analysts scaled back...

  • Oil boom brings new focus to Univ. of Texas' land Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 1:39 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— The University of Texas System owns 2.1 million acres of land, most of it in oil-rich West Texas where royalty payments have soared past $1 billion each year. A report commissioned by the UT System found "significant core challenges" with its lands office based in Midland, where the recent oil boom has led to surging revenues, the Austin...

  • Families asked to host visitors for pope's US trip Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— Residents of the Philadelphia area are being asked to show some brotherly love to those traveling to the city to see Pope Francis next year. "We hope that a large number of the people of Philadelphia— not just the Catholic community, but others— will open their homes to visitors from around the world," Archbishop Charles Chaput said this week.

  • Lawmakers may decide Uber's place in Nevada market Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— Uber Technologies' legal battle with Nevada's highly regulated taxi industry over Internet ride-sharing may be headed back to the political arena now that a judge has at least temporarily banned Uber's unlicensed operations statewide. The company said late Wednesday that it temporarily stopped offering rides in Nevada as a result of the ruling.

  • Longevity, icon status get toys into hall of fame Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 12:38 PM ET

    ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Before the holiday wish lists and mad buying rush each year comes a dose of nostalgia with the National Toy Hall of Fame's annual picks for enshrinement. But Hall of Fame judges say any real pressure is nostalgia driven, a matter of balancing head versus heart. Take Star Wars action figures, which were on the ballot last year, said Jeff Gomez, chief...

  • The air bags in both Honda cars were supplied by Japan's Takata Corp, which made the air bags installed in more than 10 million cars from Honda and other manufacturers that have been recalled since 2008.. U.S. government safety records showed that Honda recalled a small number of cars equipped with Takata air bags in March 2002, two years before the first known...

  • *OPEC leaves oil output unchanged. LONDON, Nov 27- Brent crude oil plunged more than $6 a barrel on Thursday, the sharpest one-day fall since 2011, after OPEC decided not to cut production despite a huge oversupply in world markets. Ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries had been discussing at their meeting in Vienna whether to...