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Dozens of retailers plan to stay closed on Thanksgiving

Nearly 50 retailers have announced they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, according to BestBlackFriday.com.

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In recent years, more stores have started Black Friday sales early, opening on Thanksgiving to offer deep discounts. But some customers have complained that the holiday should not be cut short for shoppers or store employees.  

Larger chains like Walmart, Target, Kohl's and Sears still plan to open on Thanksgiving.   

Here are the stores that have pledged to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day:

  • A.C. Moore 
  • American Girl
  • Barnes & Noble 
  • Bed Bath & Beyond (Select Locations)
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Burlington 
  • Cabela’s
  • Christmas Tree Shops (Select Locations)
  • Costco
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Dillard’s 
  • GameStop 
  • Gardner-White Furniture 
  • Guitar Center
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • IKEA
  • Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
  • Lowe’s
  • Mall of America
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Menards
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Outdoor Research
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Patagonia
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports 
  • Publix
  • Raymour and Flanagan Furniture 
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Staples
  • The Container Store
  • T.J. Maxx 
  • Tractor Supply
  • Von Maur

These are the best stores for Black Friday discounts

Planning to partake in this year's Black Friday festivities? Finance website WalletHub recently ranked the top retailers to visit on the shopping holiday for the ultimate discounts.

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To come up with the list, WalletHub analysts surveyed 8,000 deals from 35 of the biggest U.S. retailers' 2016 Black Friday ad scans and calculated the average discount that each retailer plans to offer on Black Friday.

Analysts also organized the deals into 11 product categories, including "Apparel & Accessories," "Consumer Electronics," "Video Games" and more. 

According to WalletHub's "2016’s Best Stores for Black Friday" ranking, Macy's is the place to be this Black Friday with an average percent discount rate of 63.4 percent.

The department store is also among the top five stores to check out if you're in the market for some new consumer packaged goods, apparel and accessories, appliances, jewelry and more.

Here are the 15 best retailers you should consider this Black Friday, according to WalletHub:

  • Macy's
  • Stage
  • JCPenney
  • Harbor Freight
  • Gordmans
  • Kohl's
  • Shopko
  • Fred Meyer
  • Craft Warehouse
  • Sears
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • Toys R Us
  • Hhgregg
  • Dollar General
  • For category-specific discounts and metrics:

    Source: WalletHub

    Watchdog group announces dangerous toy list for 2016

    Before parents head to the stores with their children's Christmas lists, they will want to see which toys safety watchdogs advise avoiding  this year.

    World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc., or W.A.T.C.H., announced its list of the 10 worst toys of 2016.

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    The group used a handful of qualifiers to make up the list including what it called "inconsistent warnings and age recommendations." 

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    'Mr. Black Friday' sets up tent two weeks before Thanksgiving

    Exactly two weeks before Thanksgiving, Jarvis Johnson, also known as "Mr. Black Friday," set up a tent and began camping outside of an Arizona Best Buy store.

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    Johnson, 26, has camped outside of the same Best Buy store in Avondale, Arizona, in anticipation of Black Friday deals since 2006, the Associated Press reported.

    In the past, Johnson has set up his space a week before the biggest shopping day of the year, but this year, he got out there even earlier. 

    "It's a mental thing really, to be honest -- like can I do this? It's an uphill battle," he told KTVK.

    On the tenth anniversary of his annual tradition, Johnson's setup outside of the electronics store will be more comfortable than ever. After gaining attention from Best Buy and other businesses, sponsors offered to provide him with canopies for his tent, couches, food and a microwave.

    They took care of mePosted by Jarvis Johnson on Thursday, November 10, 2016

    Plus, he was featured in a Best Buy advertisement. 

    What does it take to be known as Mr. Black Friday?Posted by Best Buy on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    "Even if nobody got behind me, I would still be out here because that's who I am," Johnson said.

    In addition to the donated items, Johnson has set up carpet and a grill inside of the tent. Last year, he set up a bed, a television and a heater in his tent, which he was able to operate thanks to a 200 foot long extension cord, KTVK reported.

    He told the news station then that he sets up early "because they say the early bird gets the worm, and the early, early, early bird gets the biggest worm."

    "I guess I'm the bird and I'm trying to get the worm," he said. 

    According to KTVK, Johnson, who had to get a permit from the city to set up his camp, has taken off days from work to take part in Black Friday preparation. 

    "It's an experience," he told KTVK.

    Love itPosted by Jarvis Johnson on Thursday, November 3, 2016

    Target's Black Friday ad leaked

    Bargain hunters are biting at the bit to get ready to shop for the holiday season. 

    And little by little, advertisements for Black Friday deals are leaking to the web.

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    Target's no exception, as the apparent insert of deal busting sales has been leaked online.

    Some of the must-not-miss savings: 

    • A robotic vacuum for $199.99, a $150 savings.
    • Selected XBox One, PS4, Nintendo DS and WiiU games from $8 to $35
    • Selected DVDs $4, selected CDs $8
    • All Apple TV models are 25% off
    • Google Chromecast $25
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick $29.99
    • Samsung Curved Smart Ultra HD TV - $697.99, savings of $402.
    • GoPro Hero Session Bundle $179.99
    • Phantom 3 standard drone $399.99
    • Apple Watch Series 1 starting at $198, Series 2 starting at $369.99
    • Select Lego kits $29.99
    • Minecraft multipacks $29.99

    Starbucks debuts not 1, but 13 holiday cups

    Starbucks debuted its annual holiday cup on Thursday. 

    But instead of offering customers one festive cup, the coffee company released 13 cups with different designs. All the cups are red with white designs and the company's green and white logo. Some designs feature hand-drawn snowflakes, reindeer, Christmas lights, candy canes, ornaments and Santa Claus riding his sleigh. 

    According to Starbucks, the cup designs were created by customers from around the world. The designs were submitted to the company via its #RedCupContest last year.

    "We crafted coffee. You made it art," Starbucks wrote in a promotional video with the hashtag #RedCups.

    Customers complained last year that Starbucks' plain red cups were not festive enough and criticized the company for attempting to be politically correct by taking the Christmas theme off the cups.

    The coffee giant's vice president of design and content, Jeffrey Fields, told Us Weekly that the plain cups were meant to embrace "the simplicity and the quietness" of the holiday season. 

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    More recently, Starbucks debuted a green cup that features a mosaic of dozens of people drawn in one continuous stroke. The cup, meant to encourage unity and symbolize "shared values and the need to be good to each other," was criticized when customers believed that the cup was replacing the company's usual red cups. 

    "All these faces on my green cup and not a one of them looks like Santa or Jesus. Why do you still hate Christmas?" one Twitter user asked the company. Another said the design was "political brainwashing," saying: "I want snowflakes."

    IHOP offering vets, active military free patriotic pancakes on Veterans Day

    IHOP will honor veterans and active military members on Friday by offering free food.

    The chain is offering a complimentary stack of patriotic Red, White & Blue Pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 11 to mark Veterans Day.

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    The offer includes three pancakes with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote and whipped topping. Those interested in the offer must present military identification. Guests should refer to their local restaurant for details. Select restaurants will offer additional promotions.

    “Every year on Veterans Day, IHOP and our franchisees look forward to welcoming our nation’s heroes into our restaurants and serving them a freshly made breakfast all day long in appreciation of their service and sacrifice. I am proud to be part of a brand that honors the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to ensuring our freedom and safety,” said Darren Rebelez, IHOP president. Rebelez is a Gulf War veteran.

    Teen says mother closed the living room for the next month

    A mother from Ohio is taking the drastic step to keep her living room clean until Thanksgiving. 

    She has closed the room to her family's traffic, and the sign that her son posted on Twitter has gone viral.

    Posted across the door with zebra-stripe duct tape, Nick Denbow's mother's sign states that the room has been cleaned for the holidays and is closed until Thanksgiving.

    She says she will grant "special permission" if anyone wants to sit on her clean furniture and/or walk on her clean carpet.

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    Permission will be granted if: "You have showered and are dirt and odor free from top to toe."

    They must also be wearing "freshly laundered clothing." 

    If permission is given, they will not be allowed to take any food or drink into the room.

    Denbow said that he and his mother are laughing that his brother is upset that he can't watch television in the living room, Buzzfeed reported.

    No one, including the family's two dogs, have ventured into the room, even after meeting the conditions of the note.

    Denbow's mother has the support of the internet with her quest to keep the room spotless for the next few weeks, but not everyone is in agreement.

    Macy's announces Thanksgiving Day Parade performers

    Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

    Weeks before the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the company announced which celebrities will perform during the annual event. 

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    The list is marked by many country stars, including Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie and Tae, Easton Corbin and Brett Eldredge.

    Other musicians included on the lineup are De La Soul, Sarah McLachlan, Aloe Blacc, Tony Bennett and Fitz and the Tantrums.

    Among the celebrities who will appear at the parade is Olympic gymnast and current "Dancing With the Stars" competitor Laurie Hernandez.

    As in past years, The Muppets will also appear alongside "Sesame Street" cast members.

    Ahead of the event, parade-goers tested floats Saturday at Macy's Balloonfest at Citi Field.

    The 90th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place Nov. 24.

    Oprah unveils her 104 favorite things for 2016

    It's that time of year.

    With Halloween over and Thanksgiving fast approaching, Queen of Gift Gifting Oprah Winfrey has released her annual list of favorite things.

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    The list includes exactly 104 items, making it the longest list ever released by Winfrey. It will appear in its entirety, complete with discounts, in the December issue of "O, The Oprah Magazine."

    The list includes items ranging from $20 animal-shaped speakers to a $1,500 TV.

    "Sometimes it's the little things that make for the most thoughtful gifts," Winfrey said. "There are lots to choose from on this list."

    For the second year in a row, a majority of the curated items will be available on Amazon.

    Here are some of the highlights:

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