Consumers spent $41 billion during the four-day holiday weekend and stores hope the spending continues today with what is known as Cyber Monday — the day many retailers slash online prices and offer free shipping and the day we spend time at work shopping instead of, you know, working. In my inbox this morning I found online deals like 40% off all DVD box sets from Borders, 30% off purchases from New York & Company and 25% off purchases at Express. But I think I did enough damage this weekend.
A Wal-Mart worker on Long Island, N.Y., died after being trampled by customers who broke through the doors early Friday, and other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, who has been identified as Jdimytai Damour, 34, of Queens. At least four other people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals. Meanwhile two men at a crowded Toys “R” Us in Palm Desert, Calif., pulled guns and shot each other to death. The company released a statement, however, saying the shooting was related to a personal dispute and not Black Friday shopping. The Seattle Times
President-elect Barack Obama will announce his full national security team this morning at a press conference in Chicago, Ill., set for 10:40 a.m. ET. Obama is expected to name Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones as his national security adviser at the White House, Susan Rice as United Nations ambassador, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary, Eric Holder as attorney general and is expected to keep Defense Secretary Robert Gates in his current post. CNN
Space shuttle Endeavour and its seven astronauts are safely back on Earth. The space shuttle landed yesterday in California, after being diverted there by stormy weather at NASA’s Florida spaceport. MSNBC