A shopper has his receipt checked before leaving a Best Buy store in Westbury, New York November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Black Friday crowds dwindle

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Mall crowds were relatively thin early on Black Friday in a sign of the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping: the mad rush the night of Thanksgiving.  Live Coverage | Full Article 

Energy shares plummet in quiet session, retailers up 11:38am EST

NEW YORK - U.S. energy shares saw heavy pressure on Friday as crude oil tumbled to a multi-year low, though consumer stocks lifted broader indexes in a quiet, holiday-shortened session.

People walk toward a car lot where several cars had been burned and damaged following a night of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Seeking a path forward for Ferguson

Rebuilding and reinvesting in Ferguson won’t magically fix the area’s social and racial fault lines overnight, but it will give teens like Mike Brown a real chance to succeed in the future.   Commentary 

A woman pushes her Fiat 500 car as her dog sits inside, in a neighborhood of Rome March 23, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Italy's stay-home shoppers terrify Europe

ROME - Numbed by years of wage freezes and skeptical the government can improve their economic fortunes, Italians are hoarding what money they have and cutting back on basic purchases.  Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the close of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the U.S. State Department in Washington August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Obama plan to 'Power Africa' sees dim start

JOHANNESBURG - Obama's pledge to double power generation in Africa within five years looked highly ambitious from the start. A year later, it is unclear how much of the $7 billion Obama pledged has actually been spent.  Full Article 

A volunteer wearing a protective suit walks in a 'high risk' zone during an Ebola training session held by Germany's Red Cross in Wuerzburg October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

WHO to male Ebola survivors: abstain from sex

LONDON - Men who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex for three months to minimize the risk of passing the virus on in their semen, the World Health Organization said.  Full Article 

Screengrab/REUTERS

Police kill man after suspected political attack

AUSTIN, Texas - Police in Austin shot and killed a man who opened fire on a U.S. federal courthouse, Mexican consulate and police headquarters in the Texas capital in an attack that appears to be politically motivated.  Full Article 

Rough Cut
Black Friday protesters storm Missouri Wal-Mart

Protesters march through a St. Louis Wal-Mart on Black Friday to rail against a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson over the shooting death of Michael Brown. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).