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November 23, 2018

Among the stories Friday from The Associated Press:

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HOLIDAY-BLACK FRIDAY — Retailers aren’t just ushering the official start of the holiday season with the usual expanded hours and fat discounts on big TVs and toys. They’re offering new ways for shoppers to get deals online and in the store easier and faster in the age of instant gratification. By Joseph Pisani and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 740 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

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HOLIDAY TRENDS — Cozy sweaters and soft pajamas are in for adults. Kids, meanwhile, are asking for board games featuring fake poop and pimples. Those are just some of the trends expected this holiday season, when shoppers are projected to spend as much as $720 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. bY Joseph Pisani and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 680 words.

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EUROPE-AMAZON STRIKE — Some of Amazon’s workers in Europe are protesting against what they call unfair work conditions, in a move meant to disrupt operations on Black Friday. SENT: 260 words, photos.

CHINA-SWINE FEVER — Chinese pig farmers, already reeling from rising feed costs in Beijing’s tariff fight with U.S. President Donald Trump, face a new blow from an outbreak of African swine fever that has sent an economic shockwave through the countryside. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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CHINA-TARIFFS-WTO REFORM — A Chinese official says Beijing will go along with World Trade Organization reforms meant to update global trade rules but they must protect China’s status as a developing country. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 650 words, photo.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street as energy stocks fall along with the price of oil. SENT: 540 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m.; markets close early at 1 p.m.

INDUSTRY:

GENERAL MOTORS-BRAKE INVESTIGATION — The U.S. government is investigating more than 100 complaints of poor brake performance on 2.7 million General Motors big pickups and SUVs. SENT: 180 words, photo.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-SICK WORKERS — Samsung Electronics apologizes for illnesses and deaths of some of its workers, saying it failed to create a safe working environment at its computer chip and display factories. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 470 words, photos.

CHINA-DOLCE&GABBANA — The co-founders of Dolce&Gabbana apologize in a video on Chinese social media after promotional videos seen as racist and subsequent Instagram messages stoked a furor in one of the world’s largest markets for luxury goods. SENT: 490 words, photo.

BURGER RESTAURANT-RAT VIDEO — A Hawaii-based burger chain has closed a Honolulu restaurant for cleaning after a video posted to social media appeared to show a rat being cooked on the grill. SENT: 210 words.

EUROPE-AIRLINE TICKET SYSTEMS — European Union regulators launch an investigation into flight ticket distribution services on concerns that their agreements with airlines might result in more expensive plane tickets. SENT: 150 words.

TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:

BRITAIN-CHINA-STATE TV — A British corporate investigator has complained to U.K. regulators about Chinese state TV, saying its British license should be revoked because it broadcast his forced confession when he was imprisoned in China. SENT: 240 words.

INTERNATIONAL:

BREXIT — European Union diplomats are meeting to finalize the draft divorce agreement between Britain and the bloc, amid a warning from Spain that it will oppose the deal if it isn’t guaranteed a say over the future of Gibraltar. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 720 words, photos.

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