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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a far-ranging review of the FBI database used to check the backgrounds of prospective gun buyers, after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church.The failure enabled him to buy weapons, purchases his domestic violence conviction should have barred.Sessions directed the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine if other government agencies are failing to report information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. He also wants a report detailing the number of times the agencies investigate and prosecute people for lying on their gun-purchase applications and a closer look at the format of the application itself.The database 'is critically important to protecting the American public from firearms-related violence,' Sessions wrote in his memo. 'It is, however, only as reliable and robust as the information that federal, state, local and tribal government entities make available to it.'The Pentagon's inspector general launched a separate review of the Texas gunman, Devin P. Kelley, after the Air Force revealed it had failed to submit his domestic abuse case to the database. Kelley was able to buy four guns despite the conviction. He used a Ruger AR rifle with a 30-round magazine during the Nov. 6 shooting, going from aisle to aisle as he shot parishioners.Sessions said the revelation was 'alarming.' But the Pentagon has long known about failures to give military criminal history information to the FBI.Sessions ordered the FBI and ATF to work with the Defense Department on its review and to identify other obstacles agencies face in sharing information with the database.The problem has also caught the attention Republican and Democratic lawmakers, who joined forces on legislation that aims to strengthen the database by ensuring federal agencies and states accurately report relevant criminal information to the FBI.
  • The White House is disputing a Democratic senator's claim that top economic adviser Gary Cohn faked bad reception to get President Donald Trump off the phone.Delaware Sen. Tom Carper said Wednesday in an interview with CNN that he and other Democrats had been in a meeting earlier this month with several White House officials discussing the GOP tax reform plan when the president called from Asia. Cohn put him on speakerphone.Carper said the group listened to the president speak, but after about 15 minutes, 'the president's still talking.' So he suggested Cohn take the phone and say: 'Mr. President, you're brilliant! But we're losing contact and I think we're going to lose you now, so goodbye.'Carper said Cohn did just that. 'I don't want to throw him under the bus, but yes,' he told the hosts.White House spokesman Raj Shah disputed Carper's account as 'completely false.' He said Cohn spoke with Trump privately for several minutes before ending the call.Carper spokeswoman Meghan Pennington says the senator stands by his account.
  • President Donald Trump and congressional leaders plan to meet next week to discuss how to avert a potential government shutdown at the end of the year.White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says the group will meet next week 'to discuss end-of-the-year legislative issues.'Two congressional aides confirmed that Republicans Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer would meet with Trump on Tuesday afternoon to hammer out the end-of-year agenda.That includes figuring out how to keep the government funded, as well as other thorny issues, such as extending protections for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.The aides spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations. The meeting was first reported by Politico.
  • Facebook says it will show users if they followed or 'liked' Russia propaganda accounts on its service or on Instagram.The company said Wednesday it will launch a portal to let people see which accounts of the Internet Research Agency they followed between January 2015 and August 2017. The tool will be available by the end of the year. But it won't show users if they merely saw — or even 'liked' — posts from those pages.Facebook, Google and Twitter testified before Congress this month, acknowledging that agents tied to the Russian government used their platforms to try to meddle with the U.S. elections. Facebook has said that as many as 150 million Facebook and Instagram users may have seen ads from the Internet Research Agency.Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, called the move a 'very positive step' in a statement. But emphasized that he's still looking for more, including a joint report by the companies 'on how Russia used these platforms to sow discord and influence the election.'The companies were initially dismissive of Russia's threat, but they all pledged to make improvements amid pressure from lawmakers. Still, Facebook so far hasn't said it will show people if they were targeted by Russia-paid political advertisements, or even if this is something it is able to do.
  • The fact that the jury in the trial of Sen. Bob Menendez couldn't reach a verdict and was apparently in favor of acquitting the Democrat and a wealthy friend supported the defense's theory that their friendship carried more weight than the criminal allegations, a defense attorney in the case said Wednesday.In the first extended comments by the defense team since last week's mistrial, Jonathan Cogan also said he doesn't expect the Department of Justice to spend a long time determining whether to retry the pair, though he didn't expect a hasty decision. The department hasn't divulged its plans, and a spokeswoman didn't comment Wednesday.There has been no deadline set by the judge for the government to say whether it will seek a retrial. Menendez is expected to run for re-election next year, though he hasn't officially announced his campaign.Menendez and longtime friend Salomon Melgen are charged with conspiracy, bribery and fraud. A 2015 indictment charged the Florida eye doctor lavished the New Jersey Democrat with gifts including flights on his private jet and luxury hotel stays in exchange for Menendez using his influence with executive branch officials to help Melgen's businesses.Cogan and the rest of the defense team outlined their strategy in opening statements and stuck to it for the entire 11-week trial: Menendez and Melgen were longtime friends, not conspirators, they said, and that the gifts were part of that friendship. He said the jury's leanings 'appear to reflect what we were saying from the beginning.' One juror said the panel was 10-2 to acquit the men.'The government kept saying throughout the trial that friends can bribe friends, and as a technical legal matter, that's true,' Cogan said. 'But the question presented here wasn't whether it's possible, but whether it's fair to conclude, beyond a reasonable doubt, whether that's what happened here. When you have a close friendship, which the government had no way to dispute, our argument is that even if you're left unsure about what happened, you can't conclude beyond a reasonable doubt there was bribery.'Prosecutor Peter Koski reminded jurors during his closing argument that friends can engage in bribery — a fact bolstered by the judge's instructions that gifts 'given both out of friendship and a corrupt intent' can be illegal. But not enough jurors bought it.'They are friends,' said Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, a juror who was excused early for a pre-arranged vacation. 'If I was rich and if I had a lot of money and I want to take my friend somewhere, why can't I?'Cogan said the defense team's spirits were bolstered somewhat when Arroyo-Maultsby told reporters she favored acquittal on all 18 counts, but that no one began a premature celebration.'You're happy to hear somebody understood what your defense was and that it resonated with them,' he said. 'But in my experience, from having gone through this a number of times, deliberations are dynamic and you don't know what happens when you bring a new person in.'___Contact Porter at https://www.twitter.com/DavidPorter_AP
  • Democrats have been quick to support the 'me too' chorus of women — and some men — who have stepped up to allege sexual misconduct and name names. But now 'me too' stains the Democrats, too, putting them in an awkward place as they calibrate how forcefully to respond.Allegations against Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan are part of the newest chapter in the hot-potato politics of sexual predation for the party, which has its own fraught history on the subject.The latest revelations have prompted a hard look back at the way Democrats and their allies once circled the wagons around President Bill Clinton, dismissing allegations that extended to serious assault as mere dalliances or the tales of 'looney' women.In her 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton drew a clear line on behalf of women who allege sexual assault, saying flatly: 'You have the right to be believed.' But she equivocated when asked if her husband's accusers from another decade should be believed, too: 'I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence.'The pressure's on now to act without equivocation.Franken's prankish photo of his hands over a napping woman's breasts on a military plane, combined with her allegations that he kissed her forcibly on another occasion, prompted swift condemnation from throughout the party's ranks and inspired calls for an ethics investigation that the senator-in-hiding supported, too. Then a second woman came forward, alleging Franken grabbed her buttocks during a photo op at a state fair.In a story published Wednesday by the Huffington Post, two more women alleged that Franken touched their buttocks during campaign events in 2007 and 2008.The women spoke on condition of anonymity. Franken said in a statement, 'It's difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don't remember those campaign events.'On Monday, BuzzFeed published affidavits from former employees of Conyers who said they saw the Democrat inappropriately touching women who worked for him and asking them for sexual favors.It reported that his office paid more than $27,000 to a woman who alleged she was fired because she rejected his sexual advances. On Tuesday, Conyers denied he made that settlement — but his office later acknowledged it while still denying that the allegations were true. The House Ethics Committee has initiated an investigation.Democrats, predictably, have spoken fiercely and with one voice against Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama who is accused of disrobing a 14-year-old girl in his house when in his 30s.Some Republicans have demanded Moore quit his candidacy 'if' his accusers have told the truth about his approaching teenage girls. Others have concluded the accusations are more credible than his denials. But a few, like Alabama's GOP governor, have suggested that even if he did prey on a 14-year-old decades ago, the need to protect the Senate's Republican majority trumps such concerns. President Donald Trump repeatedly noted on Wednesday that Moore has denied the allegations and insisted that Alabama must not elect the Republican's 'liberal' opponent in a Dec. 12 special election.In this sexual misconduct frenzy , unmasking figures in entertainment, media, sports and politics (#MeToo on Twitter), all sorts of episodes on the spectrum of misbehavior are being lumped together, from the boorish and juvenile to the allegedly criminal.Grabbing a woman's behind at the state fair isn't in the same league as molesting a child.Still, the Democrats have a predicament.'They don't want to look tolerant on this issue by saying, 'He wasn't as bad as so and so,'' said Dan Lublin, a political science professor at American University.'They need to appear strong,' he said, and not focus on gradations in misbehavior. 'They're going with 'unacceptable.' And it is a dilemma, because you don't know how far that will go.'Kathleen Dolan, chair of the political science department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, said the party's history with this issue is important to remember.'Certainly, Democrats, from an ideological perspective, and on gender egalitarianism, should be the party or people we'd expect to be taking the lead on awareness of the decades-old problem of sexual harassment and sexual assault,' she said.'That's complicated in part by the history of the party debate when Bill Clinton was in the thick of his stuff. ... There's evolution, because the Democrats could perhaps with some accuracy say in the '90s we tolerated so much of what we shouldn't have.'Indeed, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, whose Senate seat was once held by Hillary Clinton, now says she believes Bill Clinton should have resigned for his improprieties.Only now there is movement to bring sexual misconduct out of the shadows in Congress, where people in both parties say it has been widespread.Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier, who sponsored legislation to overhaul the system by which sexual complaints are made and settled on Capitol Hill, described Congress as 'a breeding ground for a hostile work environment.' Last month she shared her own story of being sexually assaulted by a high-level aide while she was a staffer.In a stunning public hearing last week, Speier and Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock shared stories of current lawmakers harassing staff members. Comstock said she was told that an aide recently left her job after a congressman exposed himself to her. Support for mandatory sexual harassment training in Congress has received bipartisan support.The Conyers allegations, made in a leaked settlement, lay bare the opaque nature of that process.In order to file a complaint with the Office of Compliance, accusers must first enter into mediation, with a non-disclosure agreement attached, followed by a mandatory 30-day 'cooling off' period. After completion, a victim may either file a formal complaint or a federal lawsuit. The process is so arduous that many victims either settle or decide against going through the reporting at all.'My view of this law is that it is very stacked in favor of members and others accused of sexual harassment, to the detriment to someone who has suffered sexual harassment or other discrimination at the Capitol,' said Debra Katz, a Washington employment and whistleblower attorney.Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, sees a common thread in the response to very different allegations, dating back to Anita Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas on his way to the Supreme Court. No matter the nature of allegations, she said, the reaction to them is driven more by political party than by the merits.
  • The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.Under the Obama administration, when a student complained of discrimination in a particular class or school, the education agency would examine the case but also look at whether the incident was part of a broader, systemic problem that needs to be fixed.Proposed revisions to the department's civil rights procedures, distributed last week among civil rights officials at the department, remove the word 'systemic' from the guidelines.The changes would also allow schools a greater say in how a case is handled, compared to the student or parent who filed the complaint, and would eliminate the appeals process.The document is only a draft; a final version is expected to be published next year after suggestions and proposals from staff.The action comes as the Trump administration looks for ways of streamlining the work and trimming the budgets of many federal agencies. The administration has called for a $9 billion, or 13.5 percent, cut to the education budget, which would mean the loss of more than 40 employees out of about 570 at the agency's Office for Civil Rights.The Education Department did not comment on the proposed document Wednesday.Seth Galanter, former principal deputy assistant secretary for human rights in Obama's Education Department, criticized the proposed revisions, saying the civil rights office's key mission is to identify and solve systemic problems.Galanter gave an example of a complaint stemming from a white and a minority student getting into a fight, but the minority student being disciplined more harshly than the white student. Under the previous procedure, OCR would examine that particular case but also look at whether that teacher, school or school district was engaging in other similar discriminatory behavior.'It's a very surface level fix that certainly will make that particular parent happy, but isn't fulfilling OCR's obligation,' Galanter said. 'OCR is underfunded and understaffed and in order to get through all the complaints in some kind of timely manner, staff is being forced to give them superficial treatment.'Another proposed revision would allow the school or school district to negotiate a resolution agreement with the agency before any findings are released to the parent in a letter. Galanter said that was cause for concern because the parent was being kept in the dark.'The letter may still reach the same result, but it may be completely diluted of any fact that would inform the parent and the community about what's going on in the school,' Galanter said.Miriam Rollin, director of the National Center for Youth Law, said those changes, coupled with eliminating the appeals process, were bad news for students.'School deficits will be held accountable less for violations and parents will have less opportunity to get justice,' Rollin said.But Rick Hess, director of education policy at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, praised the revisions, saying Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was seeking to fix the Obama administration's tactic of using the agency's civil rights investigations to push policy.'What the Department of Education is talking about is wholly sensible and is an appropriate and totally unsurprising correction to what the Obama administration did,' he said.
  • Vice President Mike Pence gave thanks Wednesday for medical professionals who help service members overcome injury, saying during an early Thanksgiving visit with some of those who care for the wounded that they give their best to America's best.'Trump and his wife, Karen, met privately with five Army members hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.They later met with recovering patients and relatives, doctors and other caregivers at a USO facility on campus.'You give your best to America's best,' Pence told the doctors and others gathered together at the USO Warrior and Family Center for a photo as he concluded the visit. 'We're all grateful for you and thankful for you. Happy Thanksgiving.'Among those with whom Pence spent a few minutes chatting as he went from table to table was a woman whose prosthetic right leg was wrapped in pink gauze tape, a single amputee in a wheelchair and a double amputee also in a wheelchair.Pence gave each one a special coin. His wife handed out charm bracelets for spouses. She also delivered flower arrangements to the hospitalized patients.The vice president told one man that he planned to visit his son, Michael, who is in the Marines, later Wednesday.President Donald Trump is spending the holiday with his family at his estate in Palm Beach, Florida.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleap
  • The wife of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says her husband hasn't taken a single breath without pain since what she calls 'a deliberate, blindside attack' by a Kentucky neighbor earlier this month.Authorities say the Republican was attacked Nov. 3 by Rene Boucher while mowing his lawn. Kelley Paul writes in an essay published by CNN that her husband suffered six broken ribs and fluid in his lungs. Paul says he was diagnosed with pneumonia after returning from Washington last week.Boucher is charged with misdemeanor assault. His attorney blames the attack on a 'trivial' dispute and says it wasn't politically motivated.Kelly Paul says neither she, nor her husband, have spoken to Boucher in 10 years. She writes that 'the only 'dispute' existed solely in the attacker's troubled mind.
  • President Donald Trump escalated his feud with NBA personality LaVar Ball in a pair of tweets Wednesday, calling Ball an “ungrateful fool” and taking full credit for getting Ball’s son and two of his UCLA basketball teammates back to the U.S. after the trio was accused of shoplifting in China. >> Read more trending news “It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME,” the president wrote in a tweet posted around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. “Remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!” Trump and Ball have engaged in a verbal back-and-forth since the president took credit for freeing Ball’s son, LiAngelo, and two of his teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, from a Chinese jail earlier this month. The trio was facing shoplifting charges and as many as 10 years in China’s prison system. >> Related: WATCH: LaVar Ball fires back at Trump in heated CNN interview LiAngelo Ball, Riley and Hill were released and allowed to return to the United States last week after Trump said he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on their behalf. “The basketball players, by the way — I know a lot of people are asking — I will tell you, when I heard about it two days ago, I had a great conversation with President Xi,” Trump said, according to The Washington Post. “What they did was unfortunate. You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences. (The Chinese) do not play games.” >> Related: Trump again lashes out at UCLA basketball dad LaVar Ball: 'Very ungrateful!' LiAngelo Ball, Riley and Hill thanked their fellow teammates, school officials and the U.S. government, including Trump, for the work they did to bring them back to the U.S. LaVar Ball, however, said in an interview Monday with CNN that he wouldn’t thank Trump. 'Did he help the boys get out? I don't know,” LaVar Ball said. “If I was going to thank somebody I'd probably thank President Xi (Jinping). ... It wasn't like he was in the US and said, 'OK, there's three kids in China. I need to go over and get them.' That wasn't the thought process.” >> Related: Trump fires back after LaVar Ball minimizes role in getting UCLA players released LaVar Ball told CNN that he felt if Trump helped to free his son, the president shouldn’t have felt like he needed recognition. “If you helped you shouldn't have to say anything,” LaVar Ball said. “If I help somebody, I don't walk around saying, you know, ‘I helped you now, come on now, you give me some love, I helped you.’ Come on, for real?” “Just think LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. The Palm Beach Post contributed to this report.

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  • On Wednesday family friends and Nassau County law-enforcement gather to honor fallen Nassau County deputy Eric Oliver on the anniversary of his death. Oliver was hit and killed by a vehicle while chasing a suspect across State Road 200 on November 22, 2016. The Nassau County sheriffs office unveiled a memorial Wednesday at the gate gas station where the foot chase began.  Oliver has been recognized locally and nationally. His family told Action News Jax the community support has helped them grieve.  'It'll be there forever and I think it just represents the lawn enforcement in the community and the sacrifice they make,' Deputy Oliver's mother Sharon says of the memorial. 
  • A Jacksonville man is in jail, accused of burglarizing three homes he was hired to fix up after Hurricane Irma. The vacation rental homes were all on Ponte Vedra Boulevard in Ponte Vedra Beach. All three homes are owned by Vacation Quest. The company told the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office it hired Kyle Best to “board up and clean up damaged vacation rental homes after Hurricane Irma.” At 5:30 on CBS47 @ActionNewsJax: #Jacksonville man accused of burglarizing 3 homes in #PonteVedraBeach that he was hired to fix up after Hurricane #Irma pic.twitter.com/sLmK8oqTlq — Jenna Bourne (@jennaANjax) November 22, 2017 “It’s distressing to say the least, but I really feel sorry for the homeowners, because they’ve already had a really hard blow with the storm,” said Esther Nichols, who is renting out a vacation home a few doors down from one of the burglarized homes. Best’s arrest reports say he pawned multiple televisions in Jacksonville. A man working in the garage of one of the burglarized rentals on Wednesday identified himself as Vacation Quest leadership. He did not want to go on camera, but said he’s glad Best was caught. Best’s arrest reports say he denied being involved with the burglaries, and claimed another man who was also hired to clean up those vacation homes asked him to pawn the televisions. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office told Action News Jax that man is Julian Cortez, who has two outstanding warrants for the crime, but has not been arrested. Best is being held on $60,000 bond.
  • Three Indiana men and a woman have been booked on more than 30 separate criminal charges in connection with the alleged beating and kidnapping of a married lesbian couple. One of the men, Kenneth Allen Braswell, 32, is charged with raping one of the women, according to Indianapolis jail records. Braswell is also charged with criminal confinement, kidnapping, battery with a deadly weapon, battery resulting in bodily injury and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. Police have charged Jose Antonio Nieves, 35, and Thomas James Bell, 26, with crimes that include kidnapping, criminal confinement, battery, intimidation, possession of meth and carrying a handgun without a license. Melissa Richards, 29, is charged with multiple counts of criminal confinement and battery. >> Read more trending news The Indianapolis Star reported that an affidavit filed in the case states the couple traveled from Terre Haute to a home on the east side of Indianapolis the morning of Nov. 10 to do heroin. Fox 59 in Indianapolis reported that the house was Richards’ home.  One of the women borrowed Richards’ Mustang to visit her son about 20 miles away in Danville, the news station reported. The women said that Richards became angry when the car wasn’t returned quickly enough.  “I’m keeping your wife until I get my car back,” Richards said, according to the affidavit.  The woman still at Richards’ house told police she was bound with duct tape, pistol-whipped and left in a large closet, the Star reported. She said that, at some point, she felt someone pulling her pants down. The woman told detectives that Braswell raped her, the Star said.  “If you scream, I’ll hurt you,” he told her, according to the affidavit.  The woman said that her captors then took her to the basement, where she was beaten some more, Fox 59 reported. On Nov. 11, some of the accused retrieved the Mustang, along with the wife, who they forced to go with them at gunpoint, the affidavit said.  When they got back to Richards’ house, the woman was placed in the basement with her wife, where she was also beaten, the document said.  The women said they were held in the basement until Nov. 14. They were given food and water once, but could not eat due to their injuries, police said.  The Star reported that the affidavit described bruises and cuts on both women’s faces. One of the women also had a broken collarbone.  One of the victims described watching as the group beat her wife, who fell to the ground. “I didn’t know if she was alive anymore,” the woman said, according to the affidavit.  On Nov. 14, Nieves and Bell are accused of putting both women in Richards’ Mustang for a drive to Bargersville, where, one woman told police, Nieves talked about killing them, the Star said. She said Nieves claimed he knew someone there who would help bury their bodies. On the way to Bargersville, the Mustang blew a tire, the Star reported. They pulled into a convenience store parking lot, where the women said Nieves tried injecting himself with heroin. The women asked to use the bathroom, the affidavit said. When Nieves allowed them to go inside the store, the women begged the clerk to call police. The women locked themselves in the bathroom until police arrived, the Star reported.  Nieves and Bell were arrested outside the convenience store, while Braswell and Richards were taken into custody at Richards’ home.  The Star said that detectives searching Richards’ home confiscated a bloody towel, along with bloody sweatpants found in the closet where one victim said she was raped. There was also a large pool of blood on the basement floor.  In the Mustang, they found two handguns, duct tape, a machete and two cellphones. Braswell, Nieves and Richards remained in the Marion County Jail on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear when Bell was released.  Court records show that Braswell, Nieves and Bell are scheduled for a Jan. 22 trial on the charges. 
  •   It’s almost go time. Sure, you have a turkey and all the fixins’ to fix, family to visit with and football to watch, but you also have sales to attend, deals to get and shopping to get over with. With holiday shopping barking at the door like a pack of wolves, here's a quick guide to the best deals, store hours, ads and shopping apps.  Good luck! Below is a list of store opening times for Thanksgiving: Bass Pro Shops – 8 a.m. Bealls Florida – 6 p.m. Belk – 4 p.m. Bergner’s – 11 a.m. Best Buy – 5 p.m. Big Lots - 7 a.m. Bon-Ton – 11 a.m. Boston Store – 11 a.m. Cabela’s – 8 a.m.  Carson’s – 11 a.m. Dick’s Sporting Goods – 6 p.m.  Dollar General – 7 a.m. Elder-Beerman – 11 a.m.  Five Below – 6 p.m.  Fred’s Pharmacy – 9 a.m. GameStop – 4 p.m. Herberger’s – 11 a.m. JCPenney – 2 p.m. Kohl’s – 5 p.m.  Kmart – 6 a.m. Macy’s – 5 p.m.  Meijer – 6 a.m. Michaels – 6 p.m. (Opens at 5 p.m. for Rewards members) Rite Aid – Hours Vary by Location (most stores open) Sears – 6 p.m.  Shopko – 4 p.m.  Stage Stores – 2 p.m. Target – 6 p.m.  Toys R Us – 5 p.m. Walgreens – Varies by Location Walmart – 6 p.m. (for Black Friday deals) Younker’s – 11 a.m. See the complete list of Thanksgiving openings/hours here. Below is a list of the store opening times for Black Friday: Babies R Us - 8 a.m. Bass Pro Shops - 5 a.m.   Belk - 6 a.m.  Best Buy - 8 a.m. Big Lots - 6 a.m. BJ's Wholesale Club - 7 a.m. Cabela's - 5 a.m. Costco - 9 a.m. Dick's Sporting Goods - 5 a.m. Guitar Center - 6 a.m. Hobby Lobby - 8 a.m. Home Depot 6 a.m. JCPenney - Thanksgiving 2 p.m. through Black Friday Kmart - 6 a.m. Kohl's - Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to Black Friday 1 p.m.  Lowe's - 6 a.m. Macy's - 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meijer - 6 a.m. Michaels - 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Office Depot & OfficeMax - 7:45 a.m. PetSmart - 7 a.m. Sam's Club - 7 a.m. Sears - 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staples - 7 a.m. Target - 6 a.m. Toys R Us - Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to Black Friday 11 p.m. Walmart - Thanksgiving 6 p.m. overnight into Black Friday See the complete list of Black Friday 2017 hours here. Check out the ads Here is a list of some 'leaked' Black Friday ads from national retailers. (Click on the store name to see the Black Friday ad) Amazon.com Belk Best Buy Big Lots CVS JCPenney Kmart Kohls Macy's Michael's Old Navy Sam's Club Sears Stein Mart Target Walmart Black Friday best bets on TVs, laptops and tablets, electronics, smartphones and gaming Black Friday television deals From Amazon: Samsung UN65MU8000 65-inch 4K smart TV (2017 Model) for $1,297.99 (usually $2,199.99) From Amazon: Sony 70-inch 4K smart LED TV (2017 Model) for $1,199.99 (usually $1,498) From Best Buy: Samsung 65-inch 4K smart TV for $749.99 (usually $1,099.99) – Doorbuster From Best Buy: Samsung 50-inch 4K smart TV for $399.99 (usually $699.99) – Doorbuster From Best Buy: Samsung 65-inch 4K HDR smart TV for $1,297.99 (usually $1,499.99) From Best Buy: Sharp 60-inch 4K smart TV for $549.99 (usually $799.99) From Best Buy: Insignia 50-inch 4K smart TV with Roku for $349.99 (usually $449.99) From NewEgg: Samsung 50-inch 4K HDR smart TV for $424.99 (usually $547.99) From Sam’s Club: Vizio XLED Smartcast 65-inch Class 4K UHD HDR Home Theater Display for $598 From Target: Sharpe 55-inch 4K Smart UHD TV for $249.99 – Doorbuster  From Walmart: Sharp 55-inch Class 4K (2160P) Smart LED TV for $298 Black Friday laptop deals From Best Buy: Microsoft Surface Laptop (128GB SSD, Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM) for $899  From Best Buy: Lenovo Yoga 710 (15.6-inch touchscreen, Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $599.99  From Staples: HP Pavilion desktop PC (Intel Core i5 Processor, 12GB RAM, 1TB HDD) for $369.99  From Staples: Dell 15.6-inch laptop (Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD) for $419.99  From Costco: Dell XPS 13 QHD+ Touchscreen Laptop for $1,299.99 From HP: HP Envy x360 15-inch Laptop for $669.99 (usually $869.99) at HP From Dell: Inspiron 13 7000 Touch for $799.99  Doorbuster starting on 11/24 at 1 p.m. ET From Dell: Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1 for $549.99 Doorbuster starting on 11/24 at 8 p.m. ET From NewEgg: Asus ROG G752VS (17.3-inch 1080p display with Nvidia G-Sync, 2.90 GHz seventh-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, 512 GB SSD, Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU) for $1,779  From B&H: Apple 15.4-Inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016, Silver) for $1,799  From B&H: Apple 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K Display (Mid 2017) for $1,179   Black Friday tablet deals From ebay: Apple iPad Pro 12.9' 128GB 4G+WIFI for $649.99  From Toys R Us: Nabi Barbie Kids Tablets for $39.99 From Sam’s Club: Samsung Galaxy 7.0' Tab E Lite for $69.86 From Amazon: Amazon Fire HD 10 for $99.99 From NewEgg: Refurbished Apple iPad 4 with 9.7' Retina Display for $149.99 From Staples: Samsung Galaxy Tab A-10.1” for $179.99'  Black Friday electronics deals From Walmart: Google Home Mini for $29 (plus a coupon worth up to $25 off your next Walmart order when linking your account to Google Express) From the Google Store: Google Home for $79 From the Google Store: Google Chromecast for $25  From Target: Google Wifi (three pack) for $249  From Best Buy: Google Chromecast Ultra for $54  Black Friday smartphone deals From Best Buy: Moto G Plus (5th Gen) 4G LTE with Motorola for $225 From Best Buy: Samsung Galaxy J7 4G LTE with Verizon for $100 From Target: iPhone SE for $100  From Target: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus free with a $250 gift card with purchase  From T-Mobile: Buy one, get one free on the iPhone 8  From Sprint: Lease a Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S8 Active, or Note 8 for 50 percent off From Motorola: Buy a Moto Z2 Play for $400  From Samsung: Buy a Galaxy S8 or Note 8, get a free Gear 360 Black Friday gaming deals From Best Buy: Madden 18 Xbox One S 500 GB bundle for $230, and as a bonus, you'll receive a free Xbox One controller.  From Microsoft: Xbox One S price for $189 From Walmart: PS4 for $199, and $39 DualShock 4 controllers From GameStop: Nintendo Switch for $300 From Costco: 1 TB PlayStation 4 bundle with Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: WWII for $290 From Walmart: Call of Duty: WWII for $43; Grand Theft Auto V for $29; Just Dance 2018 for $29  Apps for shopping Finding the best deals can be exhausting, but, as for most things in life nowadays, there’s an app for that. Actually a few of them. Here are a few suggestions that may help you with gift buying throughout the holiday season. Christmas Gift Planner in iTunes (called Christmas List in Android Market) You can see what you are spending in real time. It allows you to keeps lists of gifts purchased, the ones you are still looking for and whether the gift is wrapped. Gifts HD2 for iTunes and Android You can create lists, set budgets mark things off as you buy them, and add ideas as you go. It also allows you to comparison shop, which is great for Black Friday. No More Socks As with the other apps, No More Socks is a list-making and shopping app. In addition to searching retail sites, the app can also do a general Google search for products. Chameleon Chameleon will find the best price for an item and coupons if they are available. Chameleon works at more than 3,000 locations across the country. RedLaser RedLaser allows you to scan barcodes to find the best price, online or locally. PriceBlink A browser add-on, PriceBlink lets you know when there's a better price for a product you are shopping for online. Camel Camel Camel CamelCamelCamel is a site that tracks Amazon prices. It notifies you when the price drops on an item you've added to your Amazon shopping list.
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