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Black Friday shoppers spent a record $9.8 billion in U.S. online sales, up 7.5% from last year (www.cnbc.com)

Black Friday e-commerce spending popped 7.5% from a year earlier, reaching a record $9.8 billion in the U.S., according to an Adobe Analytics report, a further indication that price-conscious consumers want to spend on the best deals and are hunting for those deals online....

Buyers worldwide go for bigger cars, erasing gains from cleaner tech. EVs would help. (abcnews.go.com)

The negative impact on the climate from passenger vehicles, which is considerable, could have dropped by more than 30% over the past decade if not for the world’s appetite for large cars, a new report from the Global Fuel Economy Initiative suggests....

UN confirms sexual spread of mpox in Congo for the 1st time as country sees a record outbreak (apnews.com)

The World Health Organization said it has confirmed sexual transmission of mpox in Congo for the first time as the country experiences its biggest-ever outbreak, a worrying development that African scientists warn could make it more difficult to stop the disease....

Sea turtle nests break records on US beaches, but global warming threatens their survival (apnews.com)

Just as they have for millions of years, sea turtles by the thousands made their labored crawl from the ocean to U.S. beaches to lay their eggs over the past several months. This year, record nesting was found in Florida and elsewhere despite growing concern about threats from climate change....

Alabama priest who fled to Italy with teen he later married is expected to be defrocked (www.nbcnews.com)

State records show that a suspended Alabama priest recently married the 18-year-old woman he fled to Italy with this summer, and an archbishop said Wednesday that he expects the Vatican to pursue the man’s official dismissal from the priesthood....

EU sends border police reinforcements to Finland over fears that Russia is behind a migrant influx (apnews.com)

The European Union’s border agency said Thursday that it will send dozens of officers and equipment as reinforcements to Finland to help police its borders amid suspicion that Russia is behind an influx of migrants arriving to the country....

Short-term cease-fire in Israel-Hamas war takes effect in the Gaza Strip (www.cbsnews.com)

An initial four-day cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas took effect Friday morning in Gaza, part of a deal that calls for Hamas to free at least 50 hostages and Israel to release dozens of Palestinians from its prisons. Israel’s military sounded alarms in several villages near Gaza just minutes after the short-term...

Former state department official who made Islamophobic comments to vendor arrested for hate crime (www.theguardian.com)

The street vendor in Manhattan who was racially harangued about the Gaza conflict woke to huge lines of well-wishing customers on Wednesday as the the former state department official who was filmed berating him was arrested and charged with racial harassment and stalking as a hate crime....

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