IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR KMART - Kmart customers in Chicago are first to shop holiday doorbuster deals on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Kmart opened at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, offering more than 1,000 doorbuster deals with the hottest and exclusive toys of the season including Star Wars, Marvel’s Avengers, Barbie and Hasbro. Savings continue through 10 p.m. local time on Black Friday, Nov. 27. (Jean-Marc Giboux/ AP Images for Kmart)

Holiday shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving

Black Friday used to kick off the holiday shopping season, but now that day has taken a backseat to Thanksgiving Day. Still, retailers have settled into times that don’t interfere with the turkey feast.

Police spray a chemical irritant as demonstrators besiege the Minneapolis Police Department Fourth Precinct building in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Protesters have been camping outside the building since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a Minneapolis police officer on Sunday. Jamar Clark, 24, was shot in the head early Sunday and died at a hospital the next day. Protests started within hours as some neighbors said Clark had been handcuffed when he was shot, which contradicted statements by the Minneapolis police. Tensions escalated again Wednesday night as a crowd outside the precinct office near where Clark was shot grew.  (John Autey/Pioneer Press via AP)

Minneapolis police say 5 shot near protest scene

The shootings came during a Black Lives Matter protest for the police shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15, calling for the release of video documenting his death.

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, planes taxi on runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.  According to an Associated Press analysis, airplanes spent a record 23 minutes and 32 seconds, on average, taxiing between gates and runways during the first nine months of 2015. That’s the highest since the Bureau of Transportation Statistics started tracking taxi times in 1995 and a 50-second increase over last year’s average. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

US issues travel alert in wake of attacks

A travel alert said current information suggests that militants with the Islamic State, al-Qaida, Boko Haram and other groups continue to plan attacks in multiple regions.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a campaign button after speaking at a campaign stop Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Eric Schultz)

Trump won’t rule out independent run for president

Asked on ABC’s “This Week” whether he would consider a third-party run if GOP opponents try “to take you out,” Trump said, “I will see what happens. I have to be treated fairly. If I’m treated fairly, I’m fine.”