HOLIDAY SHOPPING MADNESS. Consumer Marathon Begins.
Forget Turkey because US Thanksgiving focus has shifted the start of the annual holiday shopping endurance race, as more stores open on Thursday's national holiday to seek a bigger share of spending that is expected to grow.
US DROUGHT WORSENS. Lowest Rainfall In Decades.
An encouraging five-week run temp improved conditions, but the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report shows that 60.1 percent of the U.S. was in a drought, which is up from 58.8 percent the previous week. The portion of the lower 48 states in extreme or exceptional drought also rose, to 19.04 percent from last week's 18.3 percent.
MORE TROUBLE FOR JACKSON. His Problems Are Not Over.
Jesse Jackson Jr. has resigned pointing to health problems, but he is under federal investigation and it appears his mistakes may have derailed his career.
TWINKIES WORKERS. Wont Be Taking Pay Cuts.
They would rather lose their jobs than to take a reduction in pay. These workers demand more dough after several years of costly concessions. Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) approved a walk-out earlier this month after Hostess received bankruptcy court approval to implement a wage cut that was not included in its contract.
ZOO MONKEY KILLED. During Theft
Young man accused of clubbing a monkey to death with a tree branch because the animal bit him while trying to steal it from a Boise zoo.