Retailers lure crowds as shoppers seek Black Friday bargains Black Friday deals on TVs, computers and other products drew shoppers into stores as retailers racheted up their holiday sales efforts. Best Buy, Target and other retailers reported that hundreds of shoppers were waiting in line for stores to open Thursday or early Friday. At the Mall of America, about 30,000 people waited for stores to open at 12 a.m. Friday.5:19 p.m.
The Cube Critics - new holiday season movies In this edition of The Cube Critics, MPR's Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr heap praise on three movies that are running during the holiday season -- "Anna Karenina," "The Life of Pi," and "Silver Linings Playbook."6:25 p.m.
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Egypt Divided Over Morsi Power Grab
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi issues decrees consolidating his power, raising concerns about an emerging dictatorship. Audie Cornish talks with Leila Fadel about reaction to the move.
Week In Politics: Mideast Cease-Fire, Obama's Agenda
Audie Cornish speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the latest on the Hamas-Israel cease-fire, Washington's relationship with Egypt, the Obama administration's Mideast policies and the president's second-term agenda.
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Syrians Struggle To Transform Country Locally
In northern Syria, near the Turkish border, Bashar al-Assad's army has already been forced out by rebel forces. Now the town of Jerablus faces new challenges: a lack of support from the international community, buildings still in ruins and a flood of refugees.
Thanksgiving Leftovers: Beyond Sandwiches
Katie Workman, author of the cookbook The Mom 100, returns to talk leftovers with Audie Cornish. Earlier in the week, Workman outlined how to pull off Thanksgiving dinner if you're time-crunched. Today, she's got some creative suggestions on what to do with the tasty remnants of the day.
Russia, U.S. Seek To Resolve Friction On Adoptions
Foreign adoptions are a hot-button issue in Russia; some Russian officials have even called for a ban. Despite the political sensitivity, Russia and the U.S. are working out an agreement designed to improve the adoption process for prospective parents and children.
Earlier Shopping Season A Gift To Retailers
It's a new tradition: The Friday after Thanksgiving has become the day when families line up early to get a jump on holiday deals. But in recent years, Black Friday has become less important in the retail outlook.
Time For Airport Security To Relax?
Some 24 million people were expected to fly this Thanksgiving holiday. Audie Cornish talks with the head of the Transportation Security Administration, John Pistole, about what's new with airport security and what the TSA is doing about its image problem.