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Wall St ends flat; Disney, retailers dip on sales worries
U.S. stock indexes ended little changed in light trading on Friday, with consumer stocks falling as investors fretted over early reports on the U.S.
Dow Ends Slightly Lower in Shortened Session  Wall Street Journal
S&P 500 ends flat in holiday-shortened session  The Australian Financial Review
Reuters UK  
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.
GLOBAL MARKETS-China stocks hit hard, rest of world shrugs  Reuters Africa
Chinese stocks hit hard, rest of world shrugs  BDlive
Black Friday shopping draws out the early morning crowds
Many mom-and-pops are rolling out the red carpet for customers and offering big discounts on specialty, locally made or one-of-a-kind goods.
Black Friday: East Side mall opens Thanksgiving night, less people seem to ...  KVIA El Paso
Biggest shopping day of the year unfolds as online transactions overtake 2014
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Britons head online in hunt for Black Friday bargains  Reuters
Black Friday online spending surges as consumers shun high street  Financial Times
Portion of Port Authority Bus Terminal being evacuated amid suspicious package
The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown, Manhattan. The area around the Port Authority Bus Terminal was briefly evacuated Wednesday evening after a suspicious package was found.
Police investigate suspicious package near Port Authority Bus Terminal, give (blog)
ESPN Viewer Losses Add to Angst for Disney's Big Profit Engine
ESPN's declining subscriber base -- down 7 million in two years -- is presenting owner Walt Disney Co. with tough choices. The company said late Wednesday in an annual regulatory filing that its flagship ESPN sports channel lost 3 million subscribers ...
Disney Investors Should Be Concerned - Not Panicked - About ESPN  Seeking Alpha
Media stocks dip as Disney reveals subscriber losses at ESPN  Reuters
U.K. Miners Hit Decade Lows, Leading Losses in FTSE 100 Index
Britain's mining shares tumbled to their lowest levels since 2005, leading declines in the nation's broader stock market. Concern over the situation in China took Anglo American Plc down 8.2 percent and Rio Tinto Group 3.2 percent.
China plunge sparks sell-off across Asian stock markets  Business Recorder (press release) (registration) (blog)
China stocks tumble most since summer slump as brokerage probe widens  Reuters
Cards Against Humanity's Black Friday sale: Give them $5 for absolutely nothing
Cards Against Humanity is known for its raunchy card game and for getting people to cough up cash for pretty much anything, including a $6 box of “literal feces.
Cards Against Humanity sells literally nothing for $5 on Black Friday  Kansas City Star (blog)
Cards Against Humanity is making serious bank for literally nothing  Death and Taxes
Where to see the best holiday lights
So what if the snow isn't real. Those who visit the " Christmas Capital of Texas " don't care, not with more than 1,400 holiday events -- beginning November 12 .
Mayor's Christmas Tree Association healthier, but spending less on ...  Kansas City Star (blog)
Marking the start of the Christmas season  Henderson Daily Dispatch
Switzerland sentences tax evasion whistleblower Herv� Falciani to 5 years in ...
Switzerland has sentenced a former bank IT employee referred to as the "Edward Snowden of tax evasion" to five years in prison for leaking records on 106,000 account holders, including about 1,800 from Canada, in a move that led to billions of dollars ...
Former HSBC Switzerland Employee Herv� Faciani Handed Five-Year Jail Term  Wall Street Journal
HSBC leaker sentenced to five years in prison  Financial Times