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ArtistGNDphotography/iStockBy JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Black Friday 2020 is upon us, and several retailers have already started rolling out huge deals and steals.

Big box retailers such as Walmart and Target started releasing deep discounts on products earlier this month, and many other stores are planning to extend sales past Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Like everything else this year, Black Friday will look different, and mad rush doorbusters will most likely become a thing of the past. Alternatively, more people are expected to shop online and ditch traditional in-store frenzy.

Online sales are expected to jump by 49.5%, while in-store shopping is expected to fall 4.7%, according to eMarketer.

If you are ready to get a jump start on holiday shopping for you or your loved ones, there are lots of promotions from Wayfair, Lululemon and more mass retailers that you can shop now.

ABC News’ Becky Worley appeared on Good Morning America Friday to break down some of the best deals that have gone live online:

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Halfpoint/iStockBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- During the holiday season, people typically look to schools, churches, grocery stores and other community events to donate food to those in need.

But ahead of Thanksgiving, food banks are swamped with increased demand due to the continued fallout from the pandemic with millions unemployed and a greater amount of food-insecure individuals and families in need.

The nationwide hunger relief charity Feeding America predicted that one in six Americans -- around 54 million people -- will experience food insecurity amid the ongoing public health crisis. The organization reported that 80% of food banks are serving more people than they were the same time last year.

For people looking to help with the nonprofit's network of 200 food banks, there are new alternatives to lend a hand for food drives this holiday season.

Host a virtual food drive

Don't worry about leaving the house to lug canned and boxed goods to a collection box. This option is perfect for anyone hosting a holiday gathering online this year.

Feeding America has the option to set up an online fundraising page with a local food bank, and the creator can simply ask friends and family to contribute.

Once donations are completed, every donor receives a receipt, and funds go directly toward food banks.

The virtual option helps alleviate what traditional food drives would cost. Plus, with COVID-19 restrictions, some food banks may not accept food donations from the community due to safety concerns.

The organization suggests including the fundraiser link and information in the invitation of your virtual gathering.

"This is a simple way to let everyone know that you're doing something really special this year. Even if your guests can’t join, it allows them to give back," Feeding America wrote in a blog post.

Check out the online toolkit that shares advice and social posts for setting up fundraisers with Feeding America.

Donate Thanksgiving food to a local food bank

Locate a local food bank, and check their drop-off information, operation hours and busiest hours.

Some areas may not accept food donations or may have specific requests, so follow local food bank guidance on what is needed most this holiday.

With higher demand around the holidays, food banks will look for the following healthy, non-perishable foods:

  • Boxed stuffing
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned vegetables
  • Dry macaroni
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Canned pumpkin

For more information or to locate your local food bank, click here.

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courtneyk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, IVAN PEREIRA and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Some 778,000 workers lost their jobs and filed for unemployment insurance last week, the Department of Labor said Wednesday.

This is an uptick of 30,000 compared to the previous week, and the second consecutive week that the weekly tally has risen after it was on the decline for months.

The DOL also said Wednesday that more than 20 million people were still receiving some form of unemployment benefits through all programs as of the week ending Nov. 7. For the comparable week in 2019, that figure was 1.5 million.

The latest economic data from the DOL comes as new virus cases surge across the country, and highlight a slow economic recovery. It also comes, however, as Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a new milestone of trading above 30,000 on Tuesday -- a further indication that the stock market remains divorced from the economic pain millions of Americans still face as the coronavirus crisis rages on.

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robynmac/iStockBy THE GMA TEAM, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Nearly one million Crock-Pot Multi-Cookers are being recalled due to a potential burn hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The voluntary recall of Sunbeam Products' Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers comes as millions of Americans are preparing for holiday cooking, starting Thursday with Thanksgiving.

The recall is due to reports of a malfunction causing the multi-cooker to be able to pressurize when the lid is not fully locked, resulting in a potential burn hazard.

Sunbeam, a Florida-based company, has received 119 reports of lid detachment, resulting in 99 burn injuries ranging in severity from first-degree to third-degree burns, according to the CPSC.

Consumers with Sunbeam Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers are urged to contact the company immediately to obtain a free replacement lid. In the meantime, the product can still be used for slow cooking and sautéing but should not be used in pressure cooker mode.

The multi-cookers under the recall were sold at retail stores including Walmart and Target and online at Amazon and other online retailers from July 2017 through November 2020, according to the CPSC.

About 914,430 of the devices are being recalled in the U.S.

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Courtesy Kazi MannanBy DEVIN DWYER and SARAH HERNDON, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) -- In the heart of Washington's big-money lobbying and law firm district, restaurateur Kazi Mannan has been serving up kebabs and curries to the rich and the poor for nearly a decade.

"These are my mom's recipes that we use because we named it after her and we want to honor her with her recipes, the way she used to cook," said Mannan, a first-generation Pakistani immigrant who owns Sakina Halal Grill, just a few blocks from the White House.

Since he opened his restaurant in 2013, Mannan has been quietly seating and feeding thousands of homeless and hungry just like paying customers, inviting them in for a meal without fanfare or attention, no questions asked.

"Don't worry about it. Just have a seat. Enjoy longer," he said of his message. "The idea to feed from a restaurant doesn't exist because people are scared. Letting poor people come in -- (some say), 'it will ruin your business.' But it's the opposite for me."

In over seven years of serving the community, Mannan says he never had to call the police for help.

"Those people who always have trouble outside, but coming here ... they see the love and kindness we share," he said.

There's a strict, no-judgement policy is in full force, he tells his staff.

When COVID-19 hit the restaurant industry hard this spring, the steep decline in business nearly made Kazi go hungry too. As profits evaporated, he laid off a dozen from his staff, cut the free meals and contemplated having to close for good.

Then, a global community rallied to the rescue, inspired by his story, which was first shared widely by ABC affiliate WJLA-TV.

More than 6,500 donors -- many not known personally to Mannan -- have chipped in a quarter million dollars to a GoFundMe campaign he started this month to try to stay afloat. The unexpected outpouring has humbled and empowered him to give even more.

"This is a symbol of love and people didn't want this symbol to go away in ashes because (if) the restaurant is gone, my story ends," he said.

His story as a small business owner in America began with a simple lesson from his late mother, Sakina, the restaurant namesake, who modeled hospitality during his childhood in a rural Pakistani village.

"She will always prepare some meals and she will always prepare extra to give it to the neighbor, go give it to this person or give to that person," Mannan said.

Her outreach to complete strangers helped open his eyes to the homeless Americans he says many pass blindly on the streets of D.C. -- more than 6,300 now homeless in the nation's capitol this year, according to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

They are among the more than half a million now homeless nationwide, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a number that has spiked during the pandemic and added to the ranks of the hungry.

"Some people have mental issues, health issues. We were patient with them and they were patient with us. So it was a relationship," Mannan said. "As a child, you don't understand giving. But (Sakina) knew that giving brings joy to her. And that's what I feel every single day."

As business starts to slowly bounce back, Mannan is celebrating the return of more customers, especially the ones who need help the most.

"Pure hearts doing kind things will always touch other people's hearts," Mannan says of his mantra.

It's a circle of generosity, propelled by faith in kindness, as Mannan hopes others this Thanksgiving season choose to show gratitude -- by giving.

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HomesickBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- You can have the sweet smell of doughnuts and freshly brewed coffee fill your home without any cooking required.

Dunkin' teamed up with home fragrance and lifestyle brand Homesick to bring back its limited-edition candles inspired by two of the coffee chain's popular menu items.

The Original Blend candle combines the scent of Dunkin's original blend coffee and cream, while the Old Fashioned candle offers a sweet but subtle scent of traditional warm spices from an old-fashioned doughnut.

The limited-edition candle collaboration, which is available online for $34, was designed to tap into the power of scent to bring moments of nostalgia for coffee and doughnut lovers, especially during a time when catching up over a cup of coffee has largely gone virtual.

To make the jar candles extra special, customers can add a personalized message, such as their name, a holiday message or even a favorite Dunkin’ order, for an additional $15.

Each hand-poured candle comes in packaging with bold, vibrant prints and the iconic Dunkin' pink and orange colors. The soy wax blend offers a 60- to 80-hour burn time.

Lauren Lamagna, the director of product development and merchandising at Homesick, said the company is "excited to team up with Dunkin’ again to offer this meaningful gift for the holiday season."

“In a year when everyone could use a little more cheer, Dunkin’ coffee and donuts and Homesick candles have both played a role in bringing people moments of comfort and joy. Our fans are as unique as their coffee orders, and we wanted to bring back our collaboration with the fun new twist of personalization,” Justin Unger, the director of strategic partnerships at Dunkin’ Brands, said in a statement. "After last year’s response, it was an easy decision to team up with Homesick again to bring back those fan-favorite fragrances and allow people nationwide to experience Dunkin’ at home."

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Pureradiancephoto/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Purdue Pharma is expected Tuesday to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and kickback charges and acknowledge that its aggressive marketing of opioids over the last three decades helped propel an addiction crisis that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.

The guilty plea is part of a settlement with the Justice Department. The deal has been criticized as too lenient on members of the Sackler family, who owned the company and made an estimated $10 billion from OxyContin. They will not admit to wrongdoing and face zero charges as part of the settlement.

Purdue Pharma said it knowingly and willfully offered payments to health care providers to induce them to write more prescriptions of its opioid products.

It also admitted to aiding and abetting the dispensing of opioids without a legitimate medical purpose or valid prescription and failing to provide the Drug Enforcement Administration with accurate information about OxyContin.

Until it stopped marketing opioids in February 2018, prosecutors said Purdue sought to increase sales by sending sales representatives to prescribers' offices and pharmacies to deliver company-developed messaging, give the prescribers meals and marketing materials and provide information about pharmacies stocking Purdue opioids.

The settlement agreement quoted an executive who said in a September 2010 presentation to Purdue’s sales supervisors: "As I have stated several times, we know increases in the prescriber call average will have the single largest impact of anything you can do to increase prescriptions of Purdue products with our core and super core prescribers."

During an all-day hearing in a White Plains, New York, bankruptcy court last week on Tuesday, a judge authorized the settlement between Purdue and the DOJ.

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EllenMoran/iStockBy GIO BENITEZ, SAM SWEENEY and MINA KAJI, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Millions are already traveling for Thanksgiving, despite pleas from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to spend the holiday at home as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise.

Over the weekend, more than three million people passed through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints nationwide. Sunday marked the busiest day for air travel since the pandemic began with the agency screening 1,047,934 people.

"Travelers are navigating a slew of new factors from flexible work schedules, school schedules, to changing health safety advisories," TripIt spokesperson Kelly Soderlund told ABC News. "People are extending their stays with a 28% increase in weeklong lodging reservations. Big city metros aren't as popular for holiday travel as they usually are."

According to the American Automobile Association, a majority of Thanksgiving travelers will drive to their destination. AAA projects almost 48 million Americans are expected to hit the road over the holiday.

"It's not really the thing you want to hear before you go home ... don't travel," said Will Mason, a college freshman at Clemson University in South Carolina.

"But I guess I don't really have an option there," Mason, whose classes are going virtual for the second semester, said.

The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, expressed concern that a surge of Thanksgiving travelers could translate to a surge in cases before Christmas.

"If in fact you're in a situation when you do the things that are increasing the risk," Fauci said in a Washington Post interview, "the travel, the congregate setting, not wearing masks, the chances are that you will see a surge superimposed upon a surge. What we're doing now is going to be reflected two, three weeks from now."

Although the risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard a plane is "reduced to very low levels" with proper measures according to a recent Harvard study, the CDC is concerned with the ability to properly socially distance on planes and in airports, shuttles and rideshares. Longer flights and flights with layovers present an increased risk.

For drivers, the CDC recommends limiting stops for gas and food, and only riding in a car with people in your household.

"Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19," the CDC guidelines state. "Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year."

If you must travel, always wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from those who do not live with you, and wash your hands, the CDC advises.

"Help is on the way," Fauci said. "We have at least two highly efficacious vaccines that would likely start be given to people at the highest risk, and the highest priority towards the middle and end of December, as we get into the subsequent months, more and more people will be able to be vaccinated."

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artisteer/iStockBy JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- This year's charge toward social justice has brought about change for the better, and one upside has been the elevated support for Black-owned businesses.

Many Black-owned businesses have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and have struggled to stay afloat.

However, with heightened awareness around the importance of supporting Black-owned brands, the narrative is slowly but surely changing.

One great way to keep this positive change going is by shopping these brands throughout the holidays, and more specifically, on Black Friday.

"It's important to #BuyBlack all year around," the founder of People of Color Beauty, Jacqueline Carrington, in a statement to Facebook as her company was recently featured on the social media platform's #BuyBlack Friday Gift Guide.

Carrington continued, "Supporting small businesses, and especially Black businesses, beyond this moment in time, allows us to reinvest into our families, communities, and uplift each other to build generational wealth and opportunities to create impactful change."

Lifestyle influencers such as Kellie Brown of And I Get Dressed as well as inclusive cosmetics companies such as Mented Cosmetics, have been creating a wide range of offerings that are perfect, whether your are gift giving or shopping for yourself, this season.

If you are ready to give back for the holidays, but not sure where to start, here's a list of some Black-owned brands to check out:

Fashion

  • And I Get Dressed
  • TIER
  • Brysie Lane
  • Ten Wilde
  • Mo's Bows
  • Salone Monet
  • Brother Vellies

Beauty and personal care

  • People of Color Beauty
  • Hanahana Beauty
  • Hyper Skin
  • Girl Hair
  • Buttah by Dorian Renaud
  • JoYo Natural Nail Care
  • The Honey Pot Company
  • Mented Cosmetics

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alacatr/iStockBy JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Along with several other retailers, Target is slashing prices this holiday season with early Black Friday deals starting now through November.

Deep discounts are available on everything from home and kitchen items to electronics, apparel, beauty products, toys and lots more.

"We're taking a completely new approach to Black Friday, giving guests more flexibility and ensuring they can plan ahead for a safe, stress-free shopping experience," said Christina Hennington, Target's executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, in a statement.

Target Black Friday Deals


Nov. 1-7: Discounts on electronics and more.

Nov. 8-14: Deals on kitchen favorites and floor care.

Nov. 15-21:
Take advantage of deals on this season's popular electronics, apparel and beauty products.

Nov. 22-28: Toys, kitchen, floor care and electronics including video games and select consoles will be on sale.

Shoppers are encouraged to check the digital weekly ad posted on Target's website each Thursday before sales go live on Sundays.

The company is also expanding its Price Match Guarantee service, which allows customers to get the absolute best deal regardless of when they shop. Target has confirmed that from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, guests can request a price adjustment for any item advertised as a “Black Friday Now” deal if it is offered for a lower price at Target or Target.com later in the season.
relaxed fit that can be paired with denim, trousers and more.

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(NEW YORK) -- With the holiday season upon us and no government stimulus in sight, many Americans are depending on the kindness of strangers to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

While some may be accepting food donations, others are trying crowdfunding to pay their bills. In fact, donations to the crowdsourcing platform GoFundMe for basic needs like rent and groceries have topped $100 million.

ABC News’ chief economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis appeared on Good Morning America Monday to discuss how Americans experiencing financial hardships are trying to stay afloat:

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David Tran/iStockBY: JULIA JACOBO, ABC NEWS

(NEW YORK) -- More than 1 million Americans are boarding planes despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Friday, 1,019,836 passengers flew in the U.S., 1.5 million less than on the same day in 2019, according to daily figures from the Transportation Security Administration. The figure represents the second-highest number of people to travel by air since March. On Oct. 18, 1,031,505 people took to the skies.

Last week, the CDC cautioned against celebrating the upcoming holiday with people outside of the household, stating that the "safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with."

The extraordinary surge of a million new cases in the U.S. in the last 10 days has raised concerns that Thanksgiving gatherings could spread the virus further among families and communities, according to the agency.

"Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year," the CDC guidelines state.

A Harvard review published last month found that wearing masks and the frequent cleaning in planes help keep the virus from spreading, and a study conducted by the Department of Defense and United Airlines also found that the risk of contracting COVID-19 on planes was 'very low' when proper measures are taken such as masks, frequent cabin cleaning, and distancing during boarding and deplaning help keep the virus from spreading.

However, the recent spike in positive cases has led several cities and states to mandate new COVID-19 restrictions ahead of the holiday season as hospital intensive care units begin to fill to capacity.

ABC News' Ahmad Hemingway contributed to this report.

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Official White House Photo by Andrea HanksBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he will not extend a handful of the emergency lending programs the Federal Reserve implemented earlier this year to buoy the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, Mnuchin said that he is asking the central bank to not renew its lending facilities that used CARES Act funding and to return the unused funds to the Treasury.

The programs -- that were set to expire at the end of the year -- include the Fed's corporate credit facilities, municipal lending facility and the Main Street Lending program for small and mid-size businesses.

Mnuchin wrote that these Fed programs supported by the Treasury have "clearly achieved their objective," adding that markets have responded positively and banks have been able to continue lending.

He added that if the Fed reserved unused funds to the Treasury, Congress can reappropriate $455 billion.

Mnuchin's letter comes as the economy is still entrenched in uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus-induced recession, and as new virus cases surge throughout the country.

The Fed issued a rare public rebuke in a statement, saying that it "would prefer that the full suite of emergency facilities established during the coronavirus pandemic continue to serve their important role as a backstop for our still-strained and vulnerable economy."

Mnuchin's move also comes amid a transition to a new administration under President-elect Joe Biden, and could dampen the Fed's power during this time.

In an interview with CNBC Friday morning, Mnuchin defended his actions, saying that it was "not a political issue."

Mnuchin's decision received support from Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., a member of the Senate Finance Committee, who said in a statement, "Congress's intent was clear: these facilities were to be temporary, to provide liquidity, and to cease operations by the end of 2020."

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., however, called the move "sabotage."

"Steve Mnuchin is removing critical support from a weak economy against the Federal Reserve’s wishes," Wyden tweeted. "This is economic sabotage."

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AdrianHancu/iStockBy JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Sephora's deals on beauty buys aren't stopping on Black Friday. In fact, they will continue throughout the holiday season.

The retailer announced its first Sephorathon event where Sephora Insiders, VIB and Rouge members can shop exciting promotions starting Dec. 3.

From Fenty Beauty by Rihanna and NARS cosmetics to Drunk Elephant and Tatcha skincare, there will be huge savings. GMA got the inside scoop on how it's all going down.

Sephorathon sales event dates and details:


Dollar Savings Offer Kicking off Dec. 3 in-store and onlilne, this will be Sephoraton's debut event. Use code 2020SAVE until Dec. 9 for a one-time use of $25 off $75 for Rouge members, $20 off $75 for VIB members and $15 off $75 for Beauty Insiders.

Point Multiplier Event Starting Dec. 10 until Dec. 16, using code BIGPOINTS, Rouge members will get 4x points per purchase, VIB members will get 3x points per purchase and Insiders will get 2x points per purchase.

Super Saturday On Dec. 18, Beauty Insider members have the chance to win a Sephora eGift Card of either $100 or $10 in-store or online. There will be one winner per store and one online. Additionally, Sephora will be awarding 100 winners per store and 100 winners online a $10 eGift card.

Sale on Sale VIB
and Rouge can score an extra 20% off using code: SAVEFIRST.

Insiders can also get an extra 20% off Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 using code: MAJORSALE.

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VioletaStoimenova/iStockBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- The countdown is on for Black Friday, which is now just one week away. But given the coronavirus pandemic, the biggest shopping day of the year is posed to look different and retailers are taking steps to offset the impact to sales.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned shoppers to avoid crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving, saying it’s a high risk activity. As a result, more shoppers are expected to shop online this holiday season rather than in store.

In an effort to attract business and encourage customers to shop their holiday deals, retailers are offering new services, like hanging Christmas lights at your home.

ABC News’ Chief Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis appeared on Good Morning America Friday to discuss some of the new services customers can expect to see:

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