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Shoppers rush in at 4 a.m. at the Target store in the Burbank Empire Center for Black Friday deals the day after Thanksgiving.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Best Buy employees get pumped up for the early shoppers at the Burbank Empire Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Ilene Agan, 27, tries to get in touch with her fiancee, who is securing a shopping cart at the other side of the store for their loot at the Toys R Us in Torrance.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

Shoppers ride the escalators at Toys R Us on Black Friday in New York. The start of the holiday shopping season traditionally begins on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when stores place many items on sale.


A surfer rides a wave at the Eisbach. In spite of the cold and snowfall, Eisbach surfers do not want to forgo their hobby.


The Chinese basketball team's captain, Wang Zhizhi, is thrown into the air as the team celebrates its win in the men's gold medal basketball match against South Korea at the 16th Asian Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated Press

An anti-North Korea protester threatens police trying to extinguish burning icons of North Korea during a demonstration in Seoul Fresh artillery shots were heard Friday on the tense South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, three days after it was devastated by a North Korean attack and hours after Pyongyang warned that the peninsula was on the brink of war.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated Press

A member of an animal rights activist group holds up a red-painted hand during a protest in front of Spain's culture ministry calling for the abolition of bullfighting.


A giant Christmas tree stands in the middle of Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris, ahead of the holiday season in the French capital.


Expedition 25 Soyuz commander Fyodor Yurchikhin is carried to a nearby medical tent near the town of Arkalyk. Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronauts Wheelock and Shannon Walker returned from six months aboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 24 and 25 crews.


Policemen arrive to take part in an operation against drug traffickers at the Complexo de Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro. Military armored vehicles Friday continued carrying police and navy personnel into the heart of gang strongholds, chasing gunmen into nearby shantytowns. At least 23 people have been killed in clashes since late Sunday, most of them suspected drug gang members, and police have arrested more than 150 people in raids on nearly 30 shantytowns in the northern and western parts of Rio.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Silvia Izquierdo / Associated Press

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