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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Utility officials are reporting tens of thousands of power outages in the San Francisco Bay Area as one of the windiest and rainiest storms in five years hits Northern California. The outages are spread across the area. The Federal Aviation Administration reports that some arriving flights at San Francisco International Airport are being delayed for hours.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Worries about weak sales on Black Friday are giving way to renewed optimism about the holiday shopping season. The government says retail sales rose by a seasonally-adjusted seven-tenths of one percent last month. Falling gasoline prices may have helped free up income to be spent elsewhere. Many analysts believe holiday spending could rise by at least 4 percent this year because of recent job growth. The retail sales numbers are giving stocks a boost today. The Dow has been more than 200 points higher.
ISTANBUL (AP) — There's more criticism today for the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques on terror suspects in secret overseas prisons. Turkey's foreign minister says the Senate report that was released this week shows that "there was inhumane and really unacceptable torture and treatment." And Slovakia's foreign minister says he hopes the release of the report will help make sure that "things like that will never happen in the future." Both countries are important U.S. NATO allies.
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are vowing that their fight for genuine elections isn't over. Authorities today demolished a protest camp at the heart of the movement, taking away scores of activists. Police say more than 200 people were arrested for unlawful assembly and obstructing police.
NEW YORK (AP) — HBO and Showtime are dominating the list of television nominees for Golden Globe awards. HBO programs and actors were responsible for 15 nominations, with two-thirds of them in the movie or miniseries category. Three HBO productions — "The Normal Heart," ''Olive Kitteridge" and "True Detective" — were among the five nominees for best miniseries or TV movie. The others were "Fargo" on FX, and "The Missing," on Starz. "Fargo" was the individual program with the most nominations, earning five.
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