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Local shoppers support small business Saturday in Bakersfield
Shoppers turned out for small business Saturday to help support local businesses. Many shops say they are pleased with the turn out.
Small Business Saturday in Downtown Bryan gets shoppers regardless of rain  Bryan-College Station Eagle
Small Business Saturday Keeps Growing As Shoppers Look For Big Holiday Deals (blog)
The Voice Herald (blog)  
No rate cut on Dec 1, RBI done with it at least till Budget
NEW DELHI: The Reserve Bank of India's rate-setting meeting on December 1 will most likely be a non-event from a rate cut perspective, as the central bank is unlikely to tweak the rates ahead of the crucial US Fed policy review mid-December.
Experts bet on RBI to hold rates steady on Tuesday  Hindu Business Line
United States rate hike likely to be long process  Ledger Gazette
Oil majors queue up in Iran with $30 billion of projects in play
TOTAL SA, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Lukoil PJSC are among international companies that have selected oil and natural gas deposits to develop in Iran as the holder of the world's fourth-largest crude reserves presents $30 billion worth of projects to ...
Tehran Presents New Model for Oil-Development Contracts  Wall Street Journal
New oil contracts worth $25bn likely to be signed  Mehr News Agency - English Version
Microsoft's Bill Gates to start multi-billion-dollar clean tech initiative
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative with heads of state on Monday, the opening day of the UN climate change summit in Paris, the French government said Friday.
Melinda Gates fell in love with Bill Gates for his 'brilliant mind' ...  Sentinel-Standard
Bill was same kind of guy I was hanging out with in college: Melinda Gates say  Uncover Michigan
New Christmas trees more creative
In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, Carrie Brown, author of "The New Christmas Tree," adjusts an ornament on The Giving Tree that is featured in her book at the Jimtown Store in Healdsburg, Calif.
Sprucing up holiday tree  Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Real or fake? The arguments for which type of Christmas tree is 'greener ...  Longview Daily News
Cards Against Humanity trolls customers and makes $71k by selling nothing
Cards Against Humanity managed to make US$71,145 (AU$98,870) on Black Friday, by selling customers absolutely nothing at all. Over the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, the company took down its normal online store and replaced it with a payment form.
Cards Against Humanity nets $70k for 'nothing' on Black Friday  USA TODAY
Here's What Cards Against Humanity Is Doing With The $71145 They Made On ...  TechCrunch
China stocks hit hard, rest of world shrugs
NEW YORK Chinese shares slumped 5 percent on Friday, hit by regulatory and industrial sector worries, but the declines did not carry through to other major equity markets, which ended modestly lower.
Treasuries Rise Amid China Equities Rout While Disney, Oil Slump  Bloomberg
China rides to the markets' rescue  New Zealand Herald
Weak currency encourages Australia's gold miners to dig deeper
SYDNEY Gold miners in Australia, emboldened by a weakening currency, have been increasing production in the face of a global rout in the precious metal, figures released on Sunday showed.
Gold price plummets to almost 6-year low  CNN
Price Of Gold Near 5-Year Low On Rate Views  The Election Central (blog)
Why Pfizer's 'merger' proves a bitter pill for Ireland
Last week Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical company, announced that it was merging with Dublin-registered Allergan. The combination of Pfizer, best known for its Viagra anti-impotence drug, and Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox, will create ...
Like Pfizer, I'll take advantage of Irish connections  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Unhappy Holidays for Pfizer's CEO  Wall Street Journal
Japan to bolster counter-terrorism measures
The Japanese government will launch a new task force on December 8 that will take the lead in the country's revamped counter-terrorism initiatives, the media reported on Saturday.
Japan expected to reach deal with India on defense-related equipment exports  The Japan Times