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    Oil prices plummet to lowest level in 4 years

    LONDON — Oil prices came crashing down Thursday to trade below $70 per barrel after OPEC announced it was leaving oil production levels unchanged. WTI crude trading in the U.S. fell by roughly 7% to just below $69 — a level not seen since May 2010. In Europe, Brent crude prices also fell by about 7% to trade just below $73. Many had expected OPEC to agree on a cut to oil production in a bid to boost prices. But […]

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    Some bargain hunters say ‘no’ to Thanksgiving shopping

    NEW YORK — Shoppers love a deal. But that love might not be unconditional. As more retailers open their doors on Thanksgiving to kick off Black Friday sales, some shoppers are saying enough is enough. There are currently 71 petitions on that call for retailers and consumers to change their approach to Black Friday. The “Say No To Shopping on Thanksgiving” Facebook page has nearly 65,000 likes, while “Boycott Black Thursday” has more than 114,000. Hallie Dilworth, a freshman […]

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    Poll: 36 million Americans to go shopping on Thanksgiving

    WASHINGTON — Chewing and shopping. That’s on the agenda for Americans this Thursday. As folks sit down for turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings, 45% say they’ll be having dinner at home, while 42% will spend it at a relative’s home, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll. Five percent plan to go to a restaurant, and six percent say they’re going to a friend’s home. The percentage of Americans who plan on eating turkey has decreased slightly since 1992, […]

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    ‘Positive’ results in 1st human trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

    BETHESDA, Md. — The first human trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine has produced promising results, U.S. scientists said, raising hopes that protection from the deadly disease may be on the horizon. All 20 healthy adults who received the vaccine in a trial run by researchers from the National Institutes of Health in Maryland produced an immune response and developed anti-Ebola antibodies, the NIH said Wednesday. None suffered serious side effects, although two people developed a brief fever within a […]

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    Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed, says he’s ‘penniless’

    Scott Stapp, the lead singer of the band Creed, revealed he was living in a Holiday Inn and “penniless” in a nearly 16-minute Facebook video post early Wednesday morning. Stapp, who earned worldwide fame in the late ’90s and early 2000s with songs like “With Arms Wide Open” and “Higher,” alleged he was under “some kind of vicious attack” because the funds in his bank accounts were stolen by people he knows or frozen by the IRS. In the video, […]

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    BlackBerry will buy your iPhone

    NEW YORK — BlackBerry wants your iPhone, and will pay for it. In return, BlackBerry is telling Apple customers they will have to switch to Passport, the smartphone with a square screen that Blackberry launched earlier this year. BlackBerry will pay $550 to iPhone users who participate in the so-called “trade up” plan. That would cover the basic cost of a Passport, which is currently retailing for $499 on Blackberry’s web site. BlackBerry has been struggling in the smartphone market, […]

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    Regulator tells Chrysler to begin exploding airbag recalls by Monday

    NEW YORK — Federal safety regulators are demanding that Chrysler must begin recalling cars with the exploding Takata airbags by Monday, December 1. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday fired off letters separately to both Chrysler and Takata asking the companies to immediately step up their efforts nationwide to repair cars that put drivers and passengers at risk from the exploding airbags. Chrysler is one of 10 automakers with the flawed airbags in its cars. Last week, one […]

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    Put down the doughnut: Trans fat may hurt your memory

    If you can’t remember where your car keys are, you may want to eat fewer muffins. It turns out the more trans fat you eat, the less you may remember, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s scientific conference last week. Maybe that explains why some people don’t know how they pack on the pounds over the holidays. To look at what role trans fat played in memory, scientists in this new study looked at the diets […]

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    Cameron raves about planned ‘Avatar’ sequels

    James Cameron has one word to describe the “Avatar” sequels: “Bitchin’.” In fact, he has more words than that — but they’re unprintable on a family website. Cameron is currently in New Zealand working on the scripts for the forthcoming films, he told Empire magazine. The movies have been planned out in detail, he said, and now the writers — including Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Shane Salerno and Amanda Silver — are putting words to action. “I think we met […]

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    Video: Boy with air gun was shot 2 seconds after Cleveland police arrived

    CLEVELAND — A Cleveland police officer shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice about two seconds after the officer and a partner pulled up in a car to investigate reports that someone was brandishing a gun at a park, surveillance video that police released Wednesday shows. Tamir, who police said actually had what turned out to be an air gun that looked like a real firearm, died Sunday, a day after he was shot outside a Cleveland recreation center. LINK: More coverage from […]

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    WATCH: Passengers get out and push frozen plane in Siberia

    KRASNOYARSK KRAI, Russia — A bunch of passengers left their seats to give their frozen plane a push at a snowbound airport in Siberia. That was the situation at Igarka Airport earlier this week where temperatures of minus 58 degrees left a Tupolev Tu-134 aircraft stranded on the runway. Passengers rallied to the rescue when oil in the plane’s landing gear iced up, according to UTair, the airline whose livery the plane carries. According to the Komsomolskaya Pravda website, there […]

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    ‘Humiliated’ teen’s fauxhawk shaved off by assistant principal in front of classmates

    BATAVIA, N.Y. — A New York mom is furious her son went to school with a faux hawk and came home with his head shaved. Apparently, the haircut violated school dress code policy. “My son was bullied into being humiliated in front of his classmates,” Denise Hull said. An announcement went out over the intercom at Notre Dame High School in Batavia, N.Y. Lucas Hull says the assistant principal called him down to the cafeteria to talk about his new […]