The Brief

Retailers Open On Thanksgiving Evening, Starting Black Friday Sales Early

Holiday Shoppers Get a Head Start

Black Friday used to kick off the holiday shopping season, but now Thanksgiving Day is the tradition for some shoppers. Overall, the National Retail Federation predicted about 30 million people would be shopping on Thanksgiving

Drought Hits South Africa

Support for Climate-Change Deal Falters: Poll

A new poll released ahead of the U.N.-led climate change conference in Paris says that global support for a climate change deal has slipped in recent years. Less than half of the people surveyed in 20 countries considered climate change a "very serious" issue

A Caltrans snowplow clears Highway 88 in Woodford, California

Ice Throws Thanksgiving Into a Skid for Travelers

The rain that swamped the middle of the United States was running into a frigid weather system sweeping from the north, setting up a holiday weekend travel nightmare. "This storm is really going to be an ice and rain maker" a forecaster said

A woman, supporter of Bulgarian ultra-nationalist Ataka party, holds a picture of downed Russian president Vladimir Putin during a protest supporting Russia in front of the Turkish embassy in Sofia on November 26, 2015. Tensions have soared between Moscow and Ankara following the downing of the Russian jet on the Syrian border on November 24. Moscow has already warned its nationals against visiting Turkey and stepped up controls of Turkish agricultural imports. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFFDIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images

Russia Plans Sanctions on Turkey

Russia plans to retaliate against Turkey for the downing of a warplane by imposing sanctions, cutting economic ties and scrapping major investment projects, threatening billions of dollars of trade as well as further complicating the Syrian conflict

performs onstage at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Adele's 25 Surges Past 3 Million in Sales in the U.S.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Adele’s 25 had broken the single-week sales record previously held by *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached, which sold 2.416 million in the U.S. when released in March 2000. Now Billboard reports that 25 has surpassed 3 million sales.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Meets French President Francois Hollande

Russia Ready to Cooperate With U.S. Coalition on ISIS

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia is ready to cooperate with the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS. Putin said after talks with French President Francois Hollande that Russia is open to closer cooperation with both France and the U.S.-led coalition on selecting targets


Saudi Arabia to Behead 50 on Terrorism Charges

Authorities in Saudi Arabia are preparing to behead 50 men convicted on charges of terrorism, reports say. Among them are political activists who were arrested before they turned 18. Amnesty International has condemned the move


Mali Arrests Two Over Hotel Attack

Authorities in Mali on Thursday apprehended two men in connection with last week's attack at a hotel in the country's capital Bamako in which at least 20 people were killed. The nature of the two detainees' alleged involvement in last Friday's attack is not yet clear, however

Actor Paul Walker walks the runway at the Samuel Cirnansck show during Sao Paulo Fashion Week Summer on March 21, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Paul Walker's Father Sues Porsche

In the court documents, the actor's father — who is the executor of Walker's estate — alleges that the Porsche Carrera GT lacked safety features that could have saved the lives of Walker and his friend Roger Rodas