A Walmart employee helps a customer load a 50" TV he bought on sale for $218 at sunrise on Black Friday in Broomfield, Colorado November 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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.


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 

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 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un holds a pair of binoculars as he organizes and guides a combined joint drill of the units under KPA Combined Units 572 and 630 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 23, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korea's Kim dynasty adds a female face

Supreme leader Kim Jong Un's sister has been promoted to a senior government position in Pyongyang, further strengthening the family's grip on power.  Video | 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 

Pope to urge religious tolerance in Turkey

Pope Francis begins his three-day trip to Turkey with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders, amid a brutal insurgency by Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria and Iraq. Jillian Kitchener reports.