1. ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, SHOP!
The official start of the holiday shopping season begins and with it, the first sign on whether it’s going to be a happy holiday for retailers.
2. FERGUSON PROTESTS MOVE TO TARGET, WAL-MART STORES
Dozens of people interrupt holiday shopping at major retail stores around the St. Louis area to speak out about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
3. WHAT PONTIFF IS FACING ON VISIT
Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group.
4. IMMIGRANTS’ CHANCES TIED TO THEIR STATE’S POLICES
They may be allowed to remain in the U.S., but it doesn’t mean their state will let them drive a car, get an affordable education or obtain a certificate to teach school or practice law.
5. OIL PRICES DECLINE A MIXED BAG
Despite its effect on governments dependent on oil revenues, it’s a boon for consumers as pump prices fall and lowers costs for businesses.
6. GROWERS GRATEFUL FOR HIGHER CHRISTMAS TREE PRICES
The holiday staple likely will cost a little more this year, and growers who survived the downturn say it’s about time.
7. HOW THE LOSING PARTY PLANS TO COME BACK
Sore from a defeat by the GOP, Southern Democrats urge a return to familiar economic policies to re-energize black voters and attract whites as well.
8. CREED FRONTMAN SAYS HE’S BROKE, LIVING IN HOTEL
Rocker Scott Stapp, 41, says in a rambling video posted on his Facebook page he has no money, “not even for gas or food.”
9. LAWYER LIGHTS UP DOWN UNDER
An attorney sets a world record by stringing up over 1 million Christmas lights along the national center mall in Canberra, Australia.
10. SEAHAWKS WIN KEY NFC WEST TILT
Richard Sherman gets two interceptions as Seattle beats the San Francisco 49ers 19-3 to take sole possession of second place in the division.