HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON GETS UNDERWAY EARLY, WITH DOZENS OF RETAILERS OPENING ON THANKSGIVING *

MACY'S SAYS MORE THAN 15,000 PEOPLE LINED UP OUTSIDE ITS FLAGSHIP NYC STORE WHEN THE STORE OPENED AT 6 PM THURS *

THE NATL RETAIL FEDERATION FORECASTS HOLIDAY SALES WILL GROW 4.1% TO $616.9 BIL THIS YR, THE BIGGEST JUMP SINCE 2011 *

ON AVG, RETAILERS GET 20% OF THEIR ANNUAL SALES DURING THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON *

SUSPECTED GUNMAN SHOT DEAD BY AUSTIN, TX POLICE AFTER HE OPENED FIRE ON SEVERAL DOWNTOWN BUILDINGS, INCLUDING POLICE HQ *

AUTHORITIES SAY THE BOMB SQUAD HAS BEEN CALLED IN TO INVESTIGATE HIS VEHICLE *

INCIDENT HAS CLOSED PART OF I-35 THROUGH DOWNTOWN AUSTIN AS OFFICERS SECURE THE SCENE *

FRENCH PRES FRANCOIS HOLLANDE ARRIVES IN GUINEA, BECOMING THE FIRST WESTERN LEADER TO VISIT THE COUNTRY HIT HARD BY EBOLA *

HOLLANDE WILL ASSESS GUINEA'S MEDICAL RESPONSE AND VISIT AID WORKERS *

MORE THAN 1,200 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM EBOLA IN GUINEA SINCE THE VIRUS WAS DETECTED THERE A YR AGO *

118 PEOPLE ARRESTED IN A TWO-DAY GLOBAL OP TO STOP AIRLINE TICKET FRAUD, EUROPOL SAYS *

OFFICIALS FROM AIRLINES, CREDIT CARD COMPANIES AND POLICE WERE INVOLVED IN THE INVESTIGATION, WHICH TOOK PLACE AT 80 AIRPORTS WORLDWIDE AND ENCOMPASSED 60 AIRLINES *

EUROPOL SAYS EVIDENCE WAS FOUND IN SOME CASES TO LINK THE CREDIT CARD FRAUD TO SERIOUS CRIMES LIKE DRUG AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING *

RUSSIAN WARSHIPS ENTER THE ENGLISH CHANNEL TO WAIT OUT A STORM FOLLOWING NAVAL EXERCISES IN THE NORTH SEA *

BRITISH DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS THE SHIPS HAVE THE RIGHT TO PASS THROUGH THE DOVER STRAIT UNDER INTL LAW *

RUSSIA HAS CONDUCTED A VARIETY OF EXERCISES FOLLOWING THE KREMLIN'S ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA AND ITS INVOLVEMENT IN EASTERN UKRAINE *

A RECENT THINK TANK REPORT FOUND A SHARP RISE IN RUSSIAN-NATO MILITARY ENCOUNTERS SINCE THE ANNEXATION, INCLUDING AIRSPACE VIOLATIONS AND CLOSE ENCOUNTERS AT SEA *

ROCKET ATTACK IN EASTERN UKRAINE KILLS AT LEAST TWO *

ONE ROCKET STRUCK THE ROOF OF A HOSPITAL IN DONETSK, BADLY DAMAGING IT *

FIGHTING BETWEEN GOVT FORCES AND PRO-RUSSIA REBELS IN EASTERN UKRAINE HAS BEEN ONGOING DESPITE A SEPT CEASE-FIRE *

UN SAYS MORE THAN 4,300 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED SINCE THE CONFLICT BEGAN IN APRIL *

SIX AFGHAN SOLDIERS KILLED IN AN ATTACK ON A MILITARY BASE IN SOUTHERN HELMAND PROVINCE *

AFGHAN OFFICIAL SAYS TALIBAN TERRORISTS ATTACKED CAMP BASTION, FORMERLY OCCUPIED BY BRITISH FORCES, IN AN EARLY MORNING ASSAULT THAT LASTED MORE THAN 14 HOURS *

SEVEN AFGHAN SOLDIERS WERE WOUNDED AND MORE THAN 20 TERRORISTS - INCLUDING SEVEN SUICIDE BOMBERS - WERE KILLED *

LIBYA'S SELF-PROCLAIMED PM WARNS ANY ATTEMPT BY THE ELECTED GOVT TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE OIL INDUSTRY COULD FORCE THE COUNTRY TO SPLIT IN TWO *

LIBYA HAS HAD TWO GOVTS SINCE AUG WHEN ISLAMISTS SEIZED TRIPOLI AND FORCED THE ELECTED PM TO FLEE TO A SMALL CITY 1,000 MILES AWAY *

THE NEW GOVT IS NOT INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED, BUT HAS TAKEN OVER MINISTRIES, OIL FACILITIES, AIRPORTS AND MUCH OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL LIBYA *