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California Woman Celebrates 110th Birthday

California Woman Celebrates 110th Birthday

moodboard/Thinkstock(IRVINE, Calif.) -- A California woman who turned 110 this week has good genes, a purposely low-stress lifestyle and a farm-fresh diet to thank for her long life, according to her 76-year-old daughter.Sally Mitchell of Irvine, California, was feted with a birthday party Nov. 25 that featured singing, birthday cake and a city proclamation read by a city council member on behalf of the mayor of Irvine.“She really kind of held court,” Mitchell’s only child, Suzanne Becker, said of her mother. “I was surprised that she had the staying power but she was right there with balloons and they did a lot of singing which was great because music has been a part of her life always.”Also celebrating at the party was Mitchell’s youngest sibling, 94-year-old Maxine Baker. The two sisters grew up with four other siblings on a farm in Michigan, something that Becker believes attributes to both of their longevity.“They breathed good air every day. They ate from the land and from their gardens. Their diet was one that was free of hormones and pesticides,” Becker said.Mitchell left Michigan for California after her family sold their farm and continued to work for AT&T, where she would eventually meet her husband, and Becker’s father, Howard Mitchell.Becker remembers her mother as living a “very common life,” one that was very purposely not filled with a lot of stress.“I realized that she ordered her day in such a way that she didn’t have stress,” Becker told ABC News. “I’d say, ‘Let’s do this,’ and she’d say, ‘No, we have these other things we have to do.’”Mitchell was also a disciplined exerciser – walking and taking water aerobics classes – a “cover-to-cover” daily newspaper reader and maintained a fulfilling social life.“She and my father were founding members of a club in Newport Beach, a social organization that met monthly and had lots of activities,” Becker said. “They were very active in the Presbyterian church, too.”Howard Mitchell died in 2000 at the age of 97, leaving behind his wife of over 60 years.Mitchell moved in with her daughter, who gave her three grandchildren and one great-grandchild, before moving on to the assisted-living facility nearby.Even at the age of 110, Becker says, her mom takes no medications and has never suffered from any major health setbacks, like cancer.“Her long-term memory is pretty darn good and her short-term memory needs to be prompted a lot but when she is prompted, she is right there with you,” Becker said. “One of the big problems is hearing impairment and that makes it far more difficult for her.”Becker says her mother also voted in every election right up until the past three years or so and often debated with Becker and her husband over political issues.“She used to question my husband and me about things political and local activities that we didn’t even know about,” Becker said.“She still has the [news]paper in her lap when I visit,” she said. “I don’t think it’s the old cover-to-cover anymore but if she sees something of interest, she’ll read it.”

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French President Makes Trip to Ebola-Affected Nation

French President Makes Trip to Ebola-Affected Nation

ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images(CONAKRY, Guinea) -- French President Francois Hollande traveled to Guinea on Friday, making him the first Western leader to travel to an Ebola-affected nation.Hollande made the trip to get a first-hand look at the conditions in Guinea and to declare the international community's "duty" to support the nation, according to his website. Upon arrival, Hollande told reporters that he wanted to "salute the organizations that are dedicated to treating the Guinean people."Hollande met with Guinean President Alpha Conde, promising to continue providing support for the fight against Ebola in West Africa.According to his website, Hollande will visit the Pasteur Institute at Donka Hospital in Conakry and take part in a round table on the international response to Ebola. Later on Friday, the French President will hold a joint press conference with President Conde, take part in a reception in honor of Guinea's French community, and meet with French medical staff working in Guinea.Hollande will then spend the weekend in Senegal for a summit of French-speaking nations.

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Wall Street Mostly Level, Dow Manages Record Close

Wall Street Mostly Level, Dow Manages Record Close

JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street finished about level on Friday, on a half day of trading, though the Dow Jones Industrial Average squeezed out a new record-high close.The Dow gained 0.49, finishing the day at 17828.24.The Nasdaq climbed 4.31 to 4791.63, while the S&P 500 slipped off of a record close on Wednesday, dipping 5.27 to 2067.56.On Thursday, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries announced that they would keep their oil production targets where they had been set, despite a higher than expected supply of oil on the markets. That decision sent oil prices tumbling, according to the Wall Street Journal.Consumers were expected to spend Friday taking advantage of Black Friday deals at numerous retailers, though discounts being offered online have eaten into the turnout at some brick-and-mortar stores.

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US-Style Black Friday Lands in the UK With ‘Predictable’ Chaos

US-Style Black Friday Lands in the UK With ‘Predictable’ Chaos

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- U.S.-style Black Friday has hit British shores with an unprecedented force, even resulting in a few arrests and a shopper’s broken wrist.Tens of thousands of shoppers flocked to the malls and the main streets across the country to bag a bargain on a day that has become increasingly popular there in recent years. The big rush apparently caught many of the stores off guard, so, unsurprisingly, the resulting chaos this morning included some stampeding shoppers climbing over each other to get their hands on items, as well as occasional violence.

Police in the north of the U.K. were reportedly called to a Tesco store to restore calm, tweeting, "at least two people arrested at #BlackFriday sales events already this morning. Keep calm people!’’Giant retailer Tesco said only a "small number" of stores were affected, according to the BBC.

But Sir Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, said in a statement, "The events of last night were totally predictable and I am disappointed that stores did not have sufficient security staff on duty,’’ adding, "This created situations where we had to deal with crushing, disorder and disputes between customers.Almost 200 shoppers refused to leave one store even though they were warned that all their stock had been sold, according to the BBC. Fights erupted with one man threatening to “smash a staff members face in," police said.A shopper described to the BBC how Black Friday frenzy began Thursday night at one store: "I looked at the massive crowd to see people climbing over shelves and displays, staff running for cover, fights breaking out, stock flying through air, people breaking through carrying televisions - and this was before the sale had even started."Some people who did not want to venture into the chaotic stores instead tried their luck online. But to no avail, when some of the main retailers’ websites crashed from the rush of shoppers trying to purchase goods electroniacally.Retailers are banking on Black Friday being their biggest shopping day this year in the U.K., with credit card companies such as Visa hoping people will spend more than $800 million on cards alone. And they are also predicting that the spending spree will continue through the weekend and into Cyber Monday with some estimating the weekend will generate at least $2.6 billion.As for Friday’s commotion, The Greater Manchester Police Department listed several incidents to which it has responded in Tesco stores there:-“At 11:34 p.m. on Thursday 27th November 2014, officers were called to Tesco Central Park, Wigan after reports of several hundred people trying to enter the store. Two men were ejected before control was regained.-Officers were also called to Tesco on Ashton Road West at 11:40 p.m. yesterday, after more than 500 people attended the store.-The Tesco store at Ellesmere Shopping Centre in Walkden was closed down after a crowd of more than 500 people attended. Shoppers were asked to leave.-The Tesco Extra in Stretford was closed after fights broke out between shoppers trying to get their hands on sale stock. A woman suffered minor injuries after being hit by a falling television and an ambulance was called. The store was closed at 12:36 a.m., just over half an hour after the sales event started.-Shortly after 1:05 a.m. on Friday 28th November 2014, police were called to Tesco on Woodrow Way, Salford. One man was arrested on suspicion of assault after his conduct in store was challenged by staff. He threatened to “smash” a staff member’s face in.-At 12:40 a.m. on Thursday, officers were called to Tesco Extra on Barton Road, Middleton, following reports that around 200 people would not leave, despite being told stock had all gone. Doors had been locked but they refused to leave. No arrests were made.-Shortly after 12:05 am on Friday, police called to Tesco Extra on Stockport Road, Hattersley, following reports of fighting in store. Approximately 300 people were present in store and staff were advised to close. One man was arrested for a public order offense.”

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Patient Hospitalized in Arizona After Traveling to Sierra Leone

Patient Hospitalized in Arizona After Traveling to Sierra Leone

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- Phoenix, Arizona experienced an Ebola scare Friday after someone who recently returned to the United States from Sierra Leone fell ill.The patient was rushed to a hospital where he underwent an evaluation. Doctors quickly determined the patient is most likely sick with something else.In a news conference, Dr. Robert Fromm, chief medical officer for Maricopa Integrated Health System, said the patient isn't showing enough symptoms to worry doctors.

"This patient's symptoms and presentation aren't strongly suggestive of Ebola disease," Dr. Fromm said.

Phoenix Fire Captain Aaron Ernsberger says the patient was handled by a trained unit of first responders in full HAZMAT gear."With this being a scenario with his recent travels to Sierra Leone, we upgraded this to a hazardous situation to protect our members, the patient, and the public as well," Ernsberger said.Dr. Fromm said the patient could be sent home by the end of the day Friday.

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Obama Family Welcomes White House Christmas Tree

Obama Family Welcomes White House Christmas Tree

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- It's a sure sign of Christmastime in Washington-- the arrival of the White House Christmas Tree.

Drawn by two clydesdales, the 20-foot White Fir rolled up to the North Portico on Friday for Michelle Obama, Sasha, and Malia to review.This year's winner of the National Christmas Tree contest was grown by Chris Botek of Lehighton, Pa. It will stand decorated in the Blue Room through the holidays.

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“Benched” Star Eliza Coupe Is Engaged

“Benched” Star Eliza Coupe Is Engaged

Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Former Happy Endings and current Benched star Eliza Coupe is engaged!.

The actress, 33, Thursday posted a picture with her new fiancé, Darin Olien, and a great shot of her gorgeous ring to Instagram, captioned, "Giving thanks."

She posted another photo, which looks like a family Thanksgiving moment, where everyone is smiling and celebrating the news.


Giving Thanks. @darin_olien

A photo posted by Eliza Coupe (@theelizacoupe) on Nov 11, 2014 at 4:22pm PST



Family fun time.

A photo posted by Eliza Coupe (@theelizacoupe) on Nov 11, 2014 at 4:41pm PST


Earlier in the day, Coupe shared funny, yet sweet sentiments about her man.

"I am thankful to have found someone with bigger hands than my mammoth man mitts. It's a rare thing. I love you @darin_olien #thanksgiving," she wrote in a pic of the two holding hands.

This will be the second marriage for Coupe, who split from ex-Randall Whittinghill in 2013.

A request for comment from Coupe's rep was not immediately returned to ABC News.

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Australia Brightens With Record-Setting Christmas Lights Display

Australia Brightens With Record-Setting Christmas Lights Display

iStock/Thinkstock(CANBERRA, Australia) -- Christmas will certainly be a bit brighter in Australia this year, thanks to a lawyer who has put together a record-setting Christmas light extravaganza at a shopping center in the country down under.David Richards, who’s from the capital city of Canberra, has continued the classic Christmas tradition of stringing lights, but with 1,194,380 of them in his case, setting the record for the biggest, LED light depiction, according to Guinness World Records.“Christmas lights really get people into the festive spirit," Richards told Guinness. "We decorated our home for years, and people came from everywhere to see our lights. This year, who knows how many people will come along?"

Canberra's Petrie Plaza now features a 3-D image constructed of lights covering more than 41,000 square feet in the shape of three large, Christmas presents tied together. The exhibit trumps the previous record set by Oltin yo’l GTL in 2012 in Shuran, Uzbekistan, using 1,012,840 lights, according to the Guinness website.Richards and his family are using the exhibit to continue another tradition of raising funds for SIDS and Kids ACT, a charity dedicated to preventing sudden and unexpected deaths in children age 6 and younger and one the Richards have supported after it helped them through a loss they suffered in 2002.“We have architects, civil engineers, tradies, construction companies, sound engineers... all volunteering and donating goods and services, as well as wonderful sponsors including Canberra CBD Limited, Luton Properties, BLOC and the Canberra Centre,” Richards told Guinness, adding that it took months of planning.Richards is not a new addition to the Guinness Book, having set a different record last year when he decorated his home using 502,165 Christmas lights. He also held the same record in 2011.He and his family throughout the years have raised over $200,000 for SIDS and Kids ACT.Guinness did not immediately return calls for comment.

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Pope Says Turkey Has Responsibility to Promote Peace in the Region

Pope Says Turkey Has Responsibility to Promote Peace in the Region

iStock/Thinkstock(ANKARA, Turkey) -- Pope Francis praised Turkey for welcoming hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq, but said the rest of the world has a moral obligation to do more to help. In a speech alongside Turkish President Recep Erdogan during the pope’s three-day visit to the country, the Catholic leader said that Turkey has a great responsibility to promote peace in the region, which is wracked with civil war in Syria and the advance of Islamic militants in Iraq. The pope repeated his assertion from the spring that it’s legitimate to stop an unjust aggressor through force within the confines of international law.But, he said a military response is not the sole answer. He called for commitment to dialogue and a concerted global effort to the fight hunger, poverty, and sickness.

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Watch the New Teaser Trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Watch the New Teaser Trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- There's been a whole lot of hype for 88 seconds, but it's finally arrived: the teaser trailer or the new Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is now in 30 theaters across North America, and also online, via iTunes Trailers and the official Star Wars YouTube channel.

The clip opens with a shot of a desert planet, and a chilling voiceover saying "There's been an awakening, have you felt it?" The voice sound suspiciously like Benedict Cumberbatch, who appeared in the most recent Star Trek reboot, Into Darkness. Both the new Star Wars film and the Star Trek reboots were directed by JJ Abrams.

Then, a helmet-less Stormtrooper -- played by franchise newcomer John Boyega -- pops into the frame, followed by shots of droids, scenes of a squadron of Stormtroopers about to emerge from a ship, a woman -- fellow newcomer Daisy Ridley -- flying some sort of airborne vehicle, fighters zooming along, and a hooded figure tramping through a snowy woods, brandishing a new-look lightsaber. We hear an even scarier voice saying, "The dark side...and the light."

Then, John Williams' iconic score kicks in and we see...Han Solo's ship, the Millennium Falcon. Cue goosebumps.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015. It takes place 30 years after 1983’s Return of the Jedi.

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How Syrian Electronic Army Pulled Off Thanksgiving Day Hacks

How Syrian Electronic Army Pulled Off Thanksgiving Day Hacks

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Syrian Electronic Army re-emerged Thanksgiving Day to pull off a minor but annoying hack via a U.S. firm.The pro-Syrian government collective of hackers was able to pull off a hack on several Western media outlets and retailers Thursday by targeting Gigya, a U.S. firm that connects businesses to customers via social media.Among the websites that said they were affected were the Dallas Morning News, the Boston Globe and the Daily News in New York. Several retailers were also reportedly briefly affected by the hack, which greeted users with the pop-up message, "You've been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)." CEO Patrick Salyer of Mountain View, California-based Gigya Inc., which is contracted by more than 700 companies, said in a blog post the company "identified sporadic failures with access to our service” on Thanksgiving morning.Salyer said hackers were able to reroute traffic from Gigya's website to an outside server, allowing them to place the pop-up message on various websites.Despite the minor annoyance, Salyer wrote, "neither Gigya’s platform itself nor any user, administrator or operational data has been compromised and was never at risk of being compromised. Rather, the attack only served other JavaScript files instead of those served by Gigya."The problem of traffic being rerouted was resolved about one hour after Gigya detected the breach, Salyer said.A Twitter account belonging to the Syrian Electronic Army took responsibility for the breach.


Happy thanks giving, hope you didn't miss us! The press: Please don't pretend #ISIS are civilians. #SEA pic.twitter.com/ZXzMWbXoYp

— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) November 27, 2014

The pro-Syrian government hacking collective, which was most active between 2011 and 2013, has claimed responsibility for a number of high-profile cyberattacks on major Western media outlets.

The group hacked numerous Western media outlet last year, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. The group also caused mayhem when it briefly took overTthe Associated Press Twitter account and sent out a tweet claiming there were explosions at the White House and the president had been injured.

The fake tweet created enough anxiety to send U.S. stocks tumbling.

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From “Roseanne” to “Real Housewives,” Here Are Shows You Can Binge Watch This Weekend

From “Roseanne” to “Real Housewives,” Here Are Shows You Can Binge Watch This Weekend

ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to burn off those calories with a marathon... or a TV marathon.

On Friday, you can sit back and enjoy six hours of Gilligan's Island on TV Land, 13 hours of Buffy The Vampire Slayer on Pivot, blow stuff up with a Rambo movie marathon on AMC, and BBC America has 18 hours of Star Trek: The Next Generation.On Saturday, Homeland fans can binge on Showtime, the Cloo network has 12 hours of House, and USA is solving crimes with 13 hours of NCIS.On Sunday, walk off the calories with 8 hours of Walking Dead on AMC, binge on The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo. And if you need a Roseanne fix, weTV and TV Land both have marathons of the classic show.

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Search On for Missing Ohio State Football Player

Search On for Missing Ohio State Football Player

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An Ohio State football player hasn't been seen since going out for a walk late Tuesday night and his family and friends are concerned that something may be wrong.

Ohio State University football player Kosta Karageorge left his apartment about 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to his family. His sister Sophia told the Columbus Dispatch that his roommate said that he left to take a walk.

As of 6 p.m. ET Thursday, a family member told ABC News that the search so far has yielded no clues to the college senior's whereabouts.

Karageorge, a defensive tackle who is also on the Ohio State wrestling team, had no vehicle, wallet or ID when he left, the sister told the newspaper.

"He had some extenuating circumstances that night that lead us to believe he was upset," she said.


Kosta was last seen around 2 am November 26. His family is asking for prayers & any info regarding his whereabouts.Please call: 614-747-1729

— KostadinosKarageorge (@kostadinos81) November 27, 2014


The reserve defensive lineman didn't show up for football practice Thursday morning, ABC affiliate WSYX-TV in Columbus reported. The Buckeyes are set to play Michigan on Saturday.

Karageorge, 22, is a white male, 6 feet, 3 inches tall, and weighs about 270 pounds. He was last seen wearing black sweatpants over jeans, black Timberland boots, and a black hoodie with FOC on it.

"He never misses practice," Sophia told the Dispatch. "I've seen him go to wrestling practice with a broken foot. I've seen him sick as a dog go to practice. He's always on schedule. He always has somewhere where he checks in."

She said that Karageorge has a history of sports-related concussions and the family is worried that might be disoriented because of one he suffered a month ago.

Anyone with information about Karageorge's whereabouts can call 614-747-1729.

A call to the Columbus police about the case wasn't immediately returned.

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What Happened When President Franklin D. Roosevelt Moved Thanksgiving

What Happened When President Franklin D. Roosevelt Moved Thanksgiving

Photoquest/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt confused plenty of people in 1939 when he issued a presidential proclamation moving Thanksgiving back a week.For the past 76 years, since Abraham Lincoln's original proclamation, Thanksgiving had fallen on the last Thursday in November. With five Thursdays in 1939, that meant Thanksgiving would be celebrated on Nov. 30.Even before the term "Black Friday" was coined, Roosevelt was worried about the impact a late Thanksgiving would have on retail sales in an economy already ravaged by the Great Depression. So he issued a presidential proclamation moving Thanksgiving to the second to last Thursday in November.

The change didn't fly with everyone. Sixteen states refused to move Thanksgiving, meaning the holiday was celebrated on two separate days in the United States for two years.Congress decided to fix the tumultuous turkey time once and for all in 1941 by agreeing that the fourth Thursday in November would be Thanksgiving. Roosevelt agreed and signed the resolution on Dec. 26, 1941 -- finally restoring order at the Thanksgiving table.

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The Scary Prank Jennifer Aniston’s Fiance Pulls on Her Late at Night

The Scary Prank Jennifer Aniston’s Fiance Pulls on Her Late at Night

Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LTLA(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Aniston has an amazing sense of humor, being that she is an A-list actress who is constantly in the spotlight.

So it would make sense that her fiance Justin Theroux also has a comedic side.

The Cake star, 45, spoke about the prank Theroux pulls on her late at night when she's not paying attention.

"He's so brilliant at everything he does. He's a wonderful actor, he's a brilliant comedy writer. He's also a beautiful artist ... And a beautiful human being," she said on The Talk about the Leftovers star. "He loves to scare me. He hides in closets for 20 [minutes]!"

In fact, she said he did it earlier this week!

"He was shutting down the house and I get distracted cleaning up a pile of whatever ... and I don't come right away and I'll get to the bedroom and he just comes flying out of a closet. I go, ‘Have you been waiting here for like 25 minutes? ... You, really, just 25 minutes in the closet?'" she added.

She continued that "it's fun."

Aniston also touched on the constant tabloid reports about her personal life.

"I don't pick them up," she said of the rumors in magazines. "I'll have people send a picture of a newsstand, where they'll be 'Baby Joy' or "Marriage' or 'Eloped'" she said of possible headlines.

She joked about that "close source," which she said, "Not very close, not very good friend."

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Civil War Preview

Civil War Preview

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- Second-ranked Oregon (10-1) will travel to Oregon State (5-6) in the 118th edition of the Civil War on Saturday.

The Ducks hold a 61-46-10 advantage in the all-time series and have a 29-9-1 (.756) mark vs. the Beavers since 1975, including wins in six straight.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is coming off a three touchdown pass game in their 44-10 win over Colorado last weekend and has thrown a touchdown in all 37 games of his career.

"Somebody was talking to me the other day about how easy he makes it look sometimes," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. "What he's doing is really difficult. His decision making, competitiveness, his command of the team is so outstanding. It's great to be around him because he makes you want to work harder as a coach. The other guys feed off of him."

Oregon is averaging 45.8 points per game and are allowing just 23.6 points on the defensive front.

"The Civil War's always a big game. We always talk about taking one game at a time. But we understand it's a huge part of this community and a huge part of this state," Mariota said. "To play in it, it's truly special."

The Beavers are averaging 26.3 points per game and fell to Oregon 36-35 last year.

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Texas Homeowner Uses Facebook to Find Thief

Texas Homeowner Uses Facebook to Find Thief

iStock/Thinkstock(HARRIS COUNTY, Texas) -- A Texas homeowner turned to social media after a teen allegedly snatched a package off his front doorstep.

Jeff Turner, who lives in Harris County, said he witnessed the incident on his home video surveillance. The FedEx package had just been delivered when someone swooped in, with a sweatshirt covering his face. The person can be seen looking back and forth before grabbing the package and running off.

“It was bold,” Turner said. “The more I thought about it, the kind of madder I got, and I thought, ‘You know what, I’m going to post this to a social media site.’”

Turner turned to his Facebook friends, posting screen-grabs of the surveillance footage on his neighborhood watch Facebook page to see whether anyone recognized the person.

It didn’t take long for neighbors to identify a local teen who was allegedly responsible.

But Turner took mercy and didn’t go to police, and the stolen item – a Houston Rockets sweater – was returned to Turner’s son, Jared.

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Black Friday: 11 Things Not to Buy

Black Friday: 11 Things Not to Buy

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The frenzy of Black Friday shopping is often about excitement and tradition, but don't buy into all the hype. There are some things that may seem like a great deal, but aren't.

Deals site DealNews.com recommends that you wait on buying eleven products until after Black Friday. Like always, take any advice with a grain of salt, as these recommendations are based on DealNews' historical data and anecdotal experience. And if you are in need of something immediately, sometimes it might be worth paying a little more to check it off your list.

1. Winter gear

These items, including coats and boots, often have deeper discounts during winter clearance sales in January and March.

2. Designer clothing

People who love designer clothing labels should stick to outlet shopping on Black Friday, according to DealNews, because high-end clothiers don't really offer great "sales."

Otherwise, shoppers could get not-so-great discounts of 20 to 30 percent off on designer clothing, which DealNews calls "yawn-worthy."

3. Latest Amazon Fire tablets

While you can likely find deals on Amazon's older Fire tablets, you likely won't find many great discounts on the newest Fire lineup, according to DealNews. Last year, during Cyber Week, DealNews saw only two discounts on the then-new Kindle Fire HDX.

4. High-end laptops

While November may be a great month to buy laptops, shoppers should hold off on "powerhouse" computing machines.

"High-performance machines that boast a powerful CPU like Intel's Core i7 models actually see better prices during the summer back-to-school sales," DealNews' features writer Marcy Bonebright states.

July and September can offer deals that are 9 percent cheaper (about $50 on average) than even November's best deals, DealNews states.

5. Tools

While there may be great Black Friday deals on cheap household hand tools, last year, there were 16 percent more tool offers in December than those of November, according to DealNews.

6. Gift cards

"Discounted gift cards practically rain from the sky in December, especially those from iTunes," according to Bonebright. "Last year, we saw so many gift card deals in December, we had to publish a weekly feature just to keep track of them all."

7. Brand-name smart TVs

While Black Friday's door-buster (read: very early) deals often feature deep discounts on flat-screen televisions, brand-name TVs tend to have better prices after the Consumer Electronics Show. During that January event, manufacturers reveal their new product lineups in Las Vegas. But, DealNews points out, last year the best 55" name-brand TV deal came in September, which was 10 percent cheaper than November's best deal.

8. Airline and vacation packages

While there are some "superior" hotel discounts on Black Friday, you might want to refrain from booking a flight or planning a vacation. DealNews recommends planning travel for January, which offers a higher number of deals.

9. Exercise equipment

"December consistently sees an uptick in both the quantity of exercise equipment offers and the quality," writes Bonebright. Last year, DealNews marked almost 30 percent of December sports deals as Editors' Choice, compared to just 15 percent in November.

10. Chocolates and flowers

November 2013 had the fewest offers in this category all year, according to DealNews. Better stick to the bigger gift-giving holidays of Christmas and Valentine's Day, DealNews says.

11. Home and patio furniture

Most retailers discount these items heavily in the warmer months. The number of home furniture deals increase in July and August with patio furniture clearance sales "dominating" in August and September, Bonebright writes.

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Black Friday Food Deals for Hungry Shoppers

Black Friday Food Deals for Hungry Shoppers

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Waking up at the crack of dawn and fighting off hordes of people for a deal is a surefire way to work up an appetite. So restaurants are capitalizing on all the shoppers this Black Friday by offering freebies and deals to customers. Keep the good prices rolling all day with these food finds.

Bonefish Grill: Enjoy brunch dishes such as Creme Brulee French Toast and Bang Bang Shrimp Eggs Benedict – usually only available on Sundays – and receive a $20 Bonefish Grill gift card free with the purchase of $100 in gift cards.

Chili's Grill & Bar: Chili's email club members can choose a free kids meal, dessert or appetizer (entree purchase required), or a free upgrade from pick two to pick three fajitas with coupon. To become an email club member, visit www.chilisemailclub.com.

LongHorn Steakhouse: Buy one $50 gift card and get a coupon for $10 off of two adult dinner entrees through Dec. 24.

Maggiano’s Little Italy: Maggiano’s email club members can get a coupon for $10 off $30 purchase. To join the Maggiano’s email club, visit www.maggianos.com/email/register.

Olive Garden: Receive $5 off two dinner entrees on Friday after 4pm with this coupon.

Seattle's Best Coffee: Get a $2 coupon at www.SeattlesBestDoorbusters.com on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Subway: Order a six-inch Meatball Marinara or Cold Cut Combo for just $2 through Dec. 31.

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The Most Noteworthy 2014 Black Friday Deals

The Most Noteworthy 2014 Black Friday Deals

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Prepare some turkey leftovers and brace yourself for one of the busiest shopping days of the year. But this year's black Friday deals aren't only available in stores, continuing a trend toward earlier and more online deals.

As in previous years, the best deals may only be a quick click away, or months away if you can wait for winter clearance deals. Before you plan to buy, check your local store for restrictions, limited supplies, cut-off times and don't forget comparison shopping. Many doorbuster deals will go very quickly unless you line up early, but ask yourself: is this worth losing sleep?

With that in mind, here are some noteworthy black Friday deals:


Amazon launched "Eight Days of Black Friday deals" last Friday, including three "covered deals of the day" at midnight on Thanksgiving and then again on Friday. Deals include up to 45 percent off select Samsung TVs:

- Samsung 40-inch Smart 1080p LED TV for $328

- Samsung 55-inch Curved Smart 4K Ultra HD LED TV for $1,298.

Amazon Prime members receive 30 minutes of early access to select "lightning deals," which can be added as often as every 10 minutes.

On Friday only, Amazon shoppers get up to 40 percent off TaylorMade golf driver clubs.

Amazon customers can shop and give to the charity of their choice. Through smile.amazon.com/blackfriday, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase to your favorite charity.

Barnes & Noble

In Barnes & Noble stores and online, customers can buy one and get 50 percent off on educational toys and games and 50 percent off gift books. The bookseller says it's offering the "largest-of-its-kind" signed edition book collection for in-store customers with 500,000 signed editions from 100 leading authors at stores nationwide on Friday.

Bespoke Post

On Black Friday, if you spend more than $45, you will receive a Black Box full of stocking-stuffer items for the holidays (worth at least $45).

Best Buy

Best Buy's Black Friday doorbusters started 5 p.m. on Thursday, and doors re-open at 8 a.m. on Friday. In-store only deals include a $199.99 Panasonic 50-inch LED HDTV. Blu-ray discs for $9.99 including "Maleficent" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2."


Closed on Thanksgiving, BJ's will open at 7 a.m. on Friday with deals including these through Sunday:

- $300 off $749.99 for Canon EOS Rebel T5 18MP 3” LCD Digital DSLR Camera Bundle with EF-S 18-55 mm IS II Lens, EF 75-300 III Lens, 16 GB SD, and bag

- $200 off $879.99 for Vizio 55-inch M-Series Smart 1080p LED HDTV.

Black Lapel

Online men's custom suit maker Black Lapel is offering a three-part sale this Friday, which will be the company's first sale ever.

You can buy any suit and get a shirt free on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, buy any two shirts and get any silk knit tie free.


Get $15 off an iTunes gift card bundle pack or buy an iPad air and get a $40 iTunes gift card.


Closed on Thanksgiving, but opening doors at 12:01 a.m. Black Friday, video game lovers get on Friday and Saturday only the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle for $329.99 (save $70), which includes digital copies of Assassin’s Creed Unity and Assassin’s Creed Black Flag.

- PlayStation 4 Limited Edition Bundle for $399 (save $100), which includes Grand Theft Auto V and a digital copy of The Last of Us Remastered.

- Super Mario 3D World Bundle for WiiU for $299.99, which includes the 32GB WiiU Deluxe Set, Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land video games.

- Save $30 off popular PlayStation 4 and Xbox One titles, such as The Evil Within, Sleeping Dogs and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Home Depot

Closed on Thanksgiving, Home Depot will sell 99 cent poinsettias on Friday, normally about $8. The company says it will sell 3.75 million poinsettias this Black Friday.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

All black Friday Doorbusters will be available Wednesday. Doorbusters are planned for Saturday, as well, when stores will open at 7 a.m.

Wednesday and Friday all Cozy Flannel Solids and Snuggle Flannel Prints are 75 percent off - the lowest price of the year on those items. On Saturday, all Anti-Pill Solids and Prints are 70 percent off, which represents their lowest price of the year, as well.


Kohl's is discounting toys, clothes, electronics and kitchenware. Shoppers can receive $15 Kohls cash for every $50 spent.


Closed on Thanksgiving, Lowe's leaked its black Friday offers on Vine for the first time. You can view all of the Vine videos here. Deals include:

- GT 35-inch steel firepit 27404, for $39 from $63 to $95

- Studio Sync Speaker Shelf 631802, for $49.98 from $79.98

- SHOP-VAC 12-gallon 6.0 PEAK HP VAC 549713, for $39.98 from $99.98

- 6.5-foot Pre-Lit Color Changing LED Artificial Tree 585557 for $59 from $159.


Closed on Thanksgiving, customers can get emails on Thursday and Friday about specific online Black Friday deals for apparel, accessories, shoes and cosmetics.

Nordstrom's “Like it to lower the price” allows customers to “control” the price by liking Instagram posts. If Nordstrom gets 25,000 likes, the company will lower the price of Ivanka Trump Hewerly Moto Boots by $90 for all customers starting Thursday, while supplies last.


In addition to electronics deals, RadioShack will match “any printed competitor’s price for any item on this page,” plus give customers an extra 10 percent off.

Sam's Club

Sam’s Club members get deals online and in-club on Friday. Pick up a new iPhone 6 16 GB for just $99, which requires a two-year contract. Or buy a four-pack of $25 iTunes gift cards for $79.


Discounted electronics are among the goodies at Sears, starting Thursday at 6 p.m. including saving $100 on a KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer, for $199.99. Doorbuster coupons give you $10 off $40 clothing, accessories, sleepwear and fine jewelry.

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