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  The crowds were so big – and so determined – at many Houston malls that HPD officers had to be called in keep things under control. At Northline Commons on the North Freeway, shoppers said they’d been waiting since 8 a.m. on Wednesday to score a pair of the sought-after shoes. At Deerbrook Mall, […]

 Holiday travelers in the Midwest braced for snow and ice from a storm Friday that was expected to deliver a rare white Christmas to Nashville and possibly Atlanta before rolling into the Northeast. A day after the most densely populated parts of the county got a break from the weather, several inches of snow were […]

The new law contains a bevy of tax breaks — new and extended — and emergency help for the jobless. Its cost over 10 years is estimated at $858 billion.   Here’s a rundown of some of the biggest ticket items that will affect individuals. (Except where noted, all provisions are for 2011 and 2012). […]

 Mandatory furloughs for city of Houston workers will happen next week, but the plan won’t include firefighters or police officers, the mayor said.   Mayor Annise Parker said she will announce how many next week. Read more

About half of American adults say they will give money to charity this holiday, an increase from 29 percent in 2009, according to a November study from World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization. The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive, a polling company. The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University released some optimistic results showing […]

Beyonce turned the cameras on herself, asking “Why did God give me this life?” In the privacy of her personal life, the singer has felt the dark moments of loneliness. During her I Am… Tour recording days, Beyonce exposed a side that is rarely seen by her fans and the public, when the cameras are […]

First word about the injury came in a statement from press secretary Robert Gibbs nearly three hours after the incident saying that Obama was inadvertently struck by someone’s elbow. The individual was not identified. Obama received the stitches under local anesthesia in the doctor’s office on the ground floor White House after he returned home. […]

R. Kelly’s opening act was incredible! From the starting medley of his older hits to his soulful “When A Woman Loves” to the final transition of a high energy, 1950′s like ‘hop-bop’ transition of the song.  His engaging, vivacious performance was on point as an opening act!   Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard returned […]

Velma Hart, the chief financial officer for Am Vets, a veteran services organization based in Maryland, said Monday in an interview with CNBC that she was laid off as part of the nonprofit’s effort to cut expenses, reports the Associated Press. “I want to focus on the positive and be optimistic,” said Hart, who lives […]

Sears and Toys “R” Us are the latest retailers to break with tradition and open on the holiday itself, while Gap is expanding the number of its Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores open today. Read more “The trick in retail is always to be the first place shoppers go,” said Ellen Davis of […]

Today’s Houston traditional events begin with the Turkey Trot at 6 a.m. Followed by: THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE H-E-B Holiday Parade 9 a.m., Nov. 25 Downtown Houston Start: Minute Maid Park Texas and Crawford End: at Discovery Green McKinney and La Branch Televised on KHOU-TV (Channel 11) THANKSGIVING FEASTS 26th annual Waste Management Superfeast 10 a.m.-3 […]

The short clip below shows a shirtless boy receiving a pat-down from a Transportation Security Administration agent. His father watches, hands on his hips, obstructing part of the view. But the words playing in the background are clear. “Are they harassing a kid?” one man asks. “It’s ridiculous,” another voice chimes in. “Unbelievable.” Read more