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November 29, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. BLACK FRIDAY GETS OFF TO EARLY START

Shoppers eager to score a good deal rush to stores that were open on Thanksgiving Day.

2. WHAT RETAILERS KNOW ABOUT YOU

Companies use advanced technology to help you shop and to learn more about your spending habits.

3. BUDGET CUTS ARE HURTING THE MILITARY'S PREPAREDNESS

While experts are not yet sounding the alarm bells, some analysts say two or three more years of cutbacks could leave the military unprepared for war.

4. U.N. ISSUES WARNING ON SYRIAN CHILDREN

The raging war in Syria has forced over a million kids to become refugees and to provide for their families through manual labor.

5. THAI PROTESTERS STORM ARMY HEADQUARTERS

Demonstrators continue targeting high-level government offices in the sixth consecutive day of unrest.

6. HOW A MORMON BISHOP TAUGHT HIS FLOCK A LESSON

Disguised as a homeless man, he tested compassion at a church in Utah and then, to loud gasps, revealed himself to the worshippers.

7. WHY SOME DEMOCRATS ARE DISTANCING THEMSELVES FROM OBAMA

The president's health care overhaul woes have left members of his own party wary of their 2014 fate.

8. EUROPE LOSES OUT ON UKRAINE BUT ATTRACTS OTHER FORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS

After this week's snub from Kiev, the EU reached association agreements with the smaller countries of Georgia and Moldova.

9. SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER HELPS DEAF FANS CONNECT TO FAVORITE SINGERS

The 33-year-old Maine resident signs at concerts of Eminem, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen.

10. RAVENS MOVE INTO PLAYOFF POSITION

Baltimore stops a 2-point conversion attempt by Pittsburgh with just over a minute remaining to hold off the Steelers 22-20.

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