FILE - In this June 6, 2015, file photo, a customer, bottom, pays for goods while shopping at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Atlanta. Americans will spend at a slower pace than last year during the crucial winter holidays because of sluggish wage growth and other factors, the largest U.S. retail trade group said, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Holiday sales seen rising 3.7 percent

Americans are expected to spend at a slower pace than last year during the winter holidays, weighed down by sluggish wage growth and other factors, according to the nation’s largest retail industry trade group.

This undated photo from a MySpace page that appeared to belong to Chris Harper Mercer shows him holding a rifle. Authorities identified Mercer as the gunman who went on a deadly shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (MySpace via AP Photo)

In writings, Oregon gunman ranted about others being crazy

The gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college last week complained in writings he left behind that everyone else was crazy and ranted about not having a girlfriend, a law enforcement official said.

In this Sept. 18, 2015 photo provided by Matthew Murraine, his daughter, Lilianna, poses next to a giant pumpkin that weighs about 100 pounds outside their home in Spearfish, S.D. The pumpkin was stolen later in the day in what the Murraine calls a heist that was carefully planned. (Matthew Murraine via AP)

Stolen giant pumpkin returned to South Dakota grower

A 100-pound pumpkin that was brazenly stolen from the yard of a South Dakota residence has been found and returned, after someone apparently tried but failed to turn it into a giant jack-o’-lantern.

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Video: Small dog scares off bears

A memorable story out of California where a 20 pound dog came face to face with three bears who had gotten into a family’s home.

Capt. Mark Fedor, at podium, chief of response for the Coast Guard 7th District, talks to during a news conference as Lt. Commander Gabe Somma, left, listens, Monday, Oct. , 2015, at the Opa-locka Airport in Opa-locka, Fla. The Coast Guard said Monday that a U.S. cargo ship carrying 33 people that has been missing since it encountered high winds and heavy seas from Hurricane Joaquin sank and one body was found, but planes and ships will continue searching for the missing crew. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Coast Guard: Missing ship sank, 1 body found, search goes on

The captain of the 790-foot El Faro planned to bypass Hurricane Joaquin, but some kind of mechanical failure left the U.S. container ship with 33 people aboard helpless and tragically adrift in the path of the powerful storm, the vessel’s owners say.