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CNN: Giffords serves dinner to troops
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords held her first constituent event Thursday since being gravely wounded in a mass shooting in January. The Democratic congresswoman and her husband, Mark Kelly, retired Navy captain and NASA astronaut, helped serve a Thanksgiving meal to military families at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.
CNN: GOP presidential candidates give thanks
Several of the Republican White House hopefuls issued statements Thursday, wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to supporters and thanking members of the military for their service.
CNN: Chicago's former first lady dies
Maggie Daley, the wife of a former Chicago mayor, died Thursday night after battling breast cancer. She was 68. Daley died about 6 p.m. at home "surrounded by family, including her husband, former Mayor Richard Daley, and her children, Nora, Patrick and Elizabeth," said Jacquelyn Heard, Daley's former spokeswoman and a family friend.
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CNNMoney: Black Friday: Stores could see record number of shoppers
Despite some backlash against early store openings on Thanksgiving Day, retailers could see a record number of shoppers on Black Friday this year. An estimated 152 million people are expected to shop over Black Friday weekend, up 10% from last year, according to a recent report from industry trade group the National Retail Federation.
Washington Post: States expect budgetary fallout from ‘supercommittee’ failure
Funding cuts for school lunches, home energy assistance, child support enforcement, HIV care, Race to the Top grants and other government programs will come quicker than advertised following the failure this week of the congressional “supercommittee.”
CNN: 6 killed when plane crashes into Arizona mountain
Six people, including three children, were killed when their plane crashed into rugged mountains east of Phoenix on a Thanksgiving eve trip, authorities said Thursday. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu identified the dead as a father and his three children, plus two other men. All were Arizona residents and knew each other well, he said.
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CNN: Ganzouri to become Egypt's prime minister, military says
Kamal Ganzouri has agreed to become Egypt's prime minister and will form a new government, an Egyptian army spokesman said Thursday. …Protesters remained massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Thursday, angry at the political transition process and the military rulers.
CNN: Syria faces Friday deadline to avoid Arab League sanctions
Syria has until Friday to agree to let Arab League observers into the country to monitor the government's response to civil unrest or else face economic sanctions from its neighbors, a senior Arab League diplomat said Thursday.
New York Times: German Leader Rules Out Rapid Action on the Euro
Quashing recent speculation of a softening in Germany’s hard-line stance on the euro, Chancellor Angela Merkel repeated on Thursday her firm opposition either to bonds issued jointly by the euro zone countries or to an expansion of the role of the European Central Bank as quick responses to the sovereign debt crisis.
Financial Times: US blocks key fund in climate agreement
It was already feared that souring economic conditions and next year’s US presidential election would make it difficult for the UN summit – which opens on Monday in Durban, South Africa – to make headway on a new global warming deal before the main provisions of the Kyoto protocol climate treaty expire at the end of 2012.
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CNNMoney: AT&T sets aside $4 billion for T-Mobile breakup fee
In a sign that its merger prospects are dimming, AT&T said Thursday that it will take a $4 billion accounting charge this quarter to cover part of the break-up fee it will owe, if its bid to acquire T-Mobile fails to gain regulatory approval.
Wall Street Journal: Investors Finding Little to Feast On
Historically, stocks have tended to do well in the fourth week of November, as Americans baste their turkeys and head to the shopping mall. But for the fifth Thanksgiving in six years, the stock market is bringing little joy.
CNN: Board members in Olympus cover-up resign
Shares of scandal-plagued Olympus rallied after three board members of the Japanese camera maker quit ahead of today's meeting with a company ex-CEO turned whistleblower.
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