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Thanksgiving shopping crowds 'good not great'; online sales strong

Shoppers wait to enter Macy's Herald Square store during the early opening of the Black Friday sales in the Manhattan borough of New YorkPITTSBURGH/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Retailers across the United States offered early Black Friday discounts to lure bargain-hunters on Thanksgiving eve, but initial checks showed crowds in brick-and-mortar stores were subdued even as online sales jumped. "It's still early, and from what we are seeing so far the crowds are good but not great," said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners. At the Toys R Us in New York's Times Square, a line of about 200 shoppers, hemmed in by barricades, stretched to the corner of 45th Street and toward Sixth Avenue, where the Macy's Inc Thanksgiving Day parade had ended a few hours earlier.

Art program gives Boston's homeless a place to create

Romani Berlekov, a homeless artist, paints a landscape at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. At the Boston church, many homeless participate in the Common Art program, which is designed not only to give them a place to stay warm, but an opportunity to express themselves, learn some life skills and gain self-esteem. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — In an elegant church in one of Boston's most chic shopping districts, homeless people from across the city gather once a week to express themselves in ways not possible when living on the streets.

Allegations of plot against Thai government unfounded: opposition

Policemen stand guard outside the Parliament as National Legislative Assembly members vote during an impeachment hearing for ousted former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, in BangkokBy Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Allegations by Thailand's prime minister that members of the opposition planned to attack senior officials are baseless and designed to deflect attention from a corruption investigation, one of the main opposition groups said on Friday. Accusations of graft involving a park built to honor Thailand's monarchy are threatening to damage an anti-graft drive by the ruling junta, which seized power last year vowing to clean up government and protect royal prestige. The graft accusations, leveled by some Thai media and opposition groups, have transfixed a country anxious over the declining health of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 87.

New York's Thanksgiving parade draws huge crowd amid tight security

New York Police Department officers stand watch from a building as a float proceeds high above spectators along 6th Ave during the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New YorBy Kylie Gumpert and Alexander Besant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crowds of spectators watched the marching bands, floats and giant balloons of Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, held without incident under tight security almost two weeks after deadly attacks in Paris. President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans on Wednesday they were safe to travel over the holiday.. Police, who were patrolling in record numbers, arrested a 41-year-old Russian tourist for flying a drone in Central Park near the parade route with his son, 14. Police walked alongside many parade groups and helicopters hovered overhead amid enhanced security following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

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