'Star Wars' fans get first glimpse of new movie
Los Angeles (AFP) - "Star Wars" fans got their first glimpse Friday of the space saga's eagerly awaited next installment, but will have to wait a year before the full film is released. Earlier in November, studio giant Disney revealed the name of the new episode, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," saying filming had been completed on the movie, due for release on December 18, 2015. "The dark side ... and the light," the voiceover continues, as what appears to be a dark Sith Lord displays his new-look lightsaber in a forest, accompanied by composer John Williams' trademark stirring music. Inevitably, "Star Wars" fans immediately flooded the Internet with comments and observations.
NYC panel nears decision on police chokehold death
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City grand jury is quietly nearing a decision in a case that's drawn comparisons to the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties.
Black Friday gets holiday shopping season in high gear
Black Friday, the biggest US shopping "holiday", kicked off with expectations that lower gasoline prices and higher consumer confidence could mean better year-end retail sales than last year. The buying frenzy started early, turning Thursday's Thanksgiving Day holiday into what the industry has begun calling "Gray Thursday". Big retail chains like Walmart, Target and Macy's opened their doors at 6:00 pm (0100 GMT Friday) in hopes of boosting their weekend sales, even before many Americans had finished the traditional turkey holiday feast. Walmart and Target boasted that the strategy was a success, saying they were swamped with customers -- without saying how many.
Oil stocks sink; Dow, Nasdaq edge up
New York (AFP) - Energy-related stocks were hammered Friday, leaving US stocks mixed in a holiday-shortened session, after OPEC decided not to cut production in response to lower crude prices.