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U.S. stocks rose solidly on Black Friday, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Traders were encouraged by positive economic news from Germany and China, two engines of global growth. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 121 points at 12,957 after an hour of trading, on track for its best weekly percentage gain since early June. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 13 to 1,404. The Nasdaq composite index gained 31 to 2,957.
ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — An Anoka County judge wants to be able to carry a gun into the courthouse, although the sheriff's office is asking that he trust the court's security measures. Judge John Dehen declined to discuss his request with the Minneapolis Star Tribune. However, he's been asking colleagues and bosses whether he'd be allowed to be armed.
CORNUCOPIA, Wis. (AP) — Parts of eastern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin have been buried by up to a foot of snow, complicating travel for shoppers heading to stores on Black Friday. The National Weather Service says parts of Bayfield and Douglas counties have been hit with 12 inches of snow since late Thursday night. And in northeastern Minnesota, the town of Finland got about 10 inches.
After balmy weather for most of Thanksgiving day, parts of Minnesota are seeing temperatures drop as much as 30 degrees. In the Northland, it was a bit of a different story - with high temps Thursday morning giving way to a bitter wind, colder temperatures and finally, snow. Crews were out in Bemidji early Friday to clear streets, many of which were glossed over with ice. A KSTP-TV report says temperatures that started in the 60s Thursday dipped into the 30s by late afternoon in the Twin Cities area. Rain, sleet and snow have begun falling in parts of the metro.
This year's Black Friday shoppers were split into two distinct groups: those who wanted to fall into a turkey-induced slumber and those who'd rather shop instead.
CHICAGO (AP) — Feeling the pinch of the sluggish economic recovery, many Americans setting out on the nation's annual Thanksgiving migration had to sacrifice summer vacations, rely on relatives for airfare or scour the Web for travel deals to ensure they made it home.
NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday season, Burger King won't be the only place where you can have it your way. It used to be enough for stores to promise discounts of up to 70 percent off to lure shoppers during the busy holiday shopping season. But the ease of ordering online and the sluggish economy has created more demanding U.S. consumers who aren't impressed by discounts alone. They want their shopping just like their fast food: not only cheap, but convenient too.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota judge has ruled that election officials must randomly cancel 35 ballots in a tight legislative race due to a counting error. The action has ramifications for the unresolved contest between Republican Rep. Mary Franson and Democratic challenger Bob Cunniff. Franson is ahead by a single vote pending a probable recount. A Douglas County judge sided Tuesday with Franson and ordered that the county canvassing board remove the ballots before a tally is certified on Wednesday.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A documentary says a Florida death-row inmate might have been involved in the murder of O.J. Simpson's ex-wife and her friend, a claim being criticized by one victim's family and being looked at skeptically by a detective who has dealt with the convict. The Investigation Discovery show, “My Brother the Serial Killer,” will air Wednesday. The film is a look at Glen Rogers, a carnival worker whom Florida jurors convicted in 1997 of killing a woman in a Tampa motel room.
Ah, Thanksgiving. A little turkey, some cranberry mold, maybe apple pie with ice cream, some football on TV. Getting together with the cousins. Catching up beside the fire. Togetherness. On second thought: Scratch that. What were we thinking? This was an election year. “The Thanksgiving table will be a battleground,” says Andrew Marshall, 34, of Quincy, Mass.