Black Friday madness

Associated Press
Laura Whitty of Harrisville, Miss., left, and Janice Barnett of Jayess, Miss. push a shopping cart through Northpark Mall in Ridgeland, Miss., Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.  Black Friday, the day when retailers traditionally turn a profit for the year, got a jump start this year as many stores opened just as families were finishing up Thanksgiving dinner. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Hordes of shoppers descended on stores across the country in the ritual known as Black Friday after many major retailers moved their openings into Thanksgiving night. Across the country, up to 147 million people are expected to shop at some point this weekend.

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