Poison gas attack blamed on Syrian rebel groups
DAMASCUS, Syria — At least 50 civilians were being treated Saturday following a suspected poison gas attack by Syrian rebel groups on the government-held Aleppo city in the country’s north, according to reports in Syrian state media. Rebel commanders and opposition figures discredited the government reports.
In-store pickup fueling holiday sales
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The physical rush of Black Friday and the armchair browsing of Cyber Monday are increasingly blending into one big holiday shopping event as more customers buy items online and pick them up at brick-and-mortar stores. Adobe Analytics reported Saturday that more customers are going to stores to get items they bought online. That trend contributed to a record $6.22 billion spent online Friday, up nearly 24 percent from last year. But the fastest-growing online shopping day is Thanksgiving. Online sales totaled $3.7 billion on Thursday, up 28 percent from last year. ShopperTrak, which tracks Black Friday foot traffic, reported Saturday there was a 1.7 percent decline from last year.
EU clears way for Brexit deal