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Black Friday sees record online as US shoppers stay home

Consumers spent an estimated $9 billion on U.S. retail websites on Black Friday, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online shopping. That was a 22% increase over the previous record of $7.4 billion in 2019. Meanwhile, in-person traffic at U.S. retail stores dropped 52%, according to Sensormatic.

Champion Ken Jennings will be first interim ‘Jeopardy!’ host

Jennings begins taping next week and his first episodes will air on the week of Jan. 11.

Cher in Pakistan for resettlement of ‘loneliest elephant’

The elephant has lived in the zoo for 35 years, and lost his partner in 2012. He was diagnosed by veterinarians as both overweight and malnourished earlier this year, and also suffers behavioral issues.

Pope elevates 13 new cardinals then puts them in their place

Most removed their face coverings when they approached a maskless Francis to receive their red hats, but the first African-American to become a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church kept his on.

Georgia Aquarium’s largest female whale shark dies

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world.

Lawmakers throw pig guts, punches on Taiwan parliament floor

Premier Su Tseng-chang was due to give a regularly scheduled policy report to lawmakers about the pork policy when opposition party lawmakers from the Nationalist party blocked his attempt to speak by dumping bags of pig organs.

Los Angeles orders more restrictions as coronavirus surges

It bans people from gathering with people who aren’t in their households, whether publicly or privately, but church services and protests are excluded.

Iran’s supreme leader vows revenge over slain scientist

Iranian officials have blamed Israel for the killing.

Black firefighters allege racism amid larger reckoning

The group wants Fire Chief William “Trey” Mayo to be fired for not disciplining the white firefighters.

North Carolina Supreme Court recount extended into next week

The recount in North Carolina's state Supreme Court chief justice race between Republican Paul Newby and Democrat Cheri Beasley will continue into next week.

Driver charged in fatal North Carolina interstate crash

Police have filed multiple charges against a man in connection with a fatal crash on an interstate in North Carolina that investigators believe stemmed from a case of road rage.

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

Maradona was among the best players in history and led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60.

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Cyber Monday was biggest online shopping day in U.S. history

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Republican Mark Walker jump-starts 2022 Senate battle in announcing North Carolina bid

North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Walker announced his 2022 Senate bid on Tuesday, jump-starting a long primary for a rare open seat that will be crucial to the future control of the chamber.

Community rallies around church after living nativity topples days before opening night

Seaside Chapel in Carolina Beach wanted to bring a little extra Christmas spirit this holiday season.