November 28, 2014 9:49 AM EST

This week the country watched as a grand jury in Ferguson ruled on the shooting of teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, deciding not to charge the officer in the young man’s death.

Another member of Barack Obama’s cabinet left office, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stepping down.

And finally, across the country Americans were bracing against the cold weather and searching for the best retail deals on Black Friday.

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