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Online sales spike before Black Friday
Online sales are already spiking as shoppers take advantage of early deals that will leave them free to enjoy Thanksgiving at home instead of in stores.
Thanksgiving shopping hours still growing  Chicago Tribune
Google Has The Data To Make Black Friday A Bit Easier  Fast Company
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EPA Revokes Approval of New Dow Herbicide
In a surprising move, the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to revoke the approval of a pesticide that was designed to be used on a new generation of genetically modified crops.
EPA Seeks to Revok Approval of Dow Chemical's Enlist Duo Herbicide  Wall Street Journal
EPA asks court to withdraw registration of Dow herbicide  Reuters
Pfizer Didn't Need an Inversion to Avoid Paying US Taxes
Pfizer's declaration that it intends to merge with Allergan and cut taxes by moving its tax home to Dublin from New York City has set off something of a furor.
Pfizer's CEO Isn't a Hero or a Villain  Fortune
Pfizer's war chest stealthily rebuilt by Allergan  Reuters Blogs (blog)
As Haggen closes its doors, court approves sales agreement with Smart & Final
The shelves at the Haggen Food & Pharmacy in South Laguna are bare. In Burbank, the Haggen location on West Verdugo Avenue will close Wednesday but will reopen as a Smart & Final Extra, following a court's approval of a sales agreement.
Bankrupt grocer Haggen receives court approval to sell 47 stores  Reuters
Haggen stores sell, opens door to Bristol Farms, others  The San Diego Union-Tribune
Hewlett-Packard Companies Earnings: Decline In Revenue Continues Post Split
Hewlett-Packard Inc. announced results for Hewlett-Packard HPQ -16.67% companies, i.e., HP Inc and HP Enterprise, on November 24th. (Fiscal year end with October.) The company reported that the full-year combined revenues for HPE and HPQ declined ...
Whitman: How Hewlett Packard will win in the cloud  CNBC
HP profit forecast below market expectations  Times of India
US Rig Count Declines by 13 This Week to 744
HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by 13 to 744.
Rig Count Continues Slide in US; Canada Sees Rare Uptick  Natural Gas Intelligence
US oil drillers cut rigs for 12th week in last 13 – Baker Hughes (press release)
Russia trade war escalates as Ukraine bans aircraft overflights
Ukraine on Wednesday barred Russian passenger aircraft from flying across its territory amid a spiralling trade war, as tensions mounted over a continuing power blackout in Russian-annexed Crimea.
Ukraine stops buying Russian gas and closes airspace to its planes  Irish Times
Russia ceases gas supply to Ukraine over unfulfilled prepayment  Xinhua
Businesses encouraging Oklahomans to shop local on Small Business Saturday
OKLAHOMA CITY - With many shoppers looking forward to Black Friday, local businesses don't want folks to forget about Small Business Saturday.
Why Small Business Saturday Is Massive Millennial Business  Forbes
Smaller retailers not waiting for Small Business Saturday  Charlotte Observer
REI encouraging shoppers to #optoutside instead of shopping
DENVER - State parks in many parts of the country are offering free or reduced admission Friday as a counterpart to the frenzy of shopping-focused Black Friday sales.
REI's Black Friday Boycott Gains Support From Several States  TIME
REI To Workers: Shun Black Friday And #OptOutside Instead — With Pay!
BHP-Vale Samarco: Mud from Brazil dam burst is toxic, UN says
Mud from the dam that burst at a BHP Billiton joint venture's iron ore mine in Brazil this month is toxic, the United Nations' human rights agency said on Wednesday.
Mud from Brazil dam burst is toxic, UN says  Reuters
Brazil: Will take months to study damage left by burst dam  Washington Post