Nearly 136 million shoppers are expected to flock to US sales over the Black Friday weekend, both in stores and online, according to the National Retail Federation. Deals often start early, on Thanksgiving, as retailers scramble to take advantage of the shopping frenzy. With the boom of online shopping, bricks-and-mortar stores are also beefing up their offers on websites and mobile devices.
Poland on Friday ruled out the extradition of Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States to face sentencing for a 1977 case of statutory rape. The prosecutor's office in the southern city of Krakow said the October 30 decision by a local court "to refuse to hand Roman Polanski over to US authorities was justified"and so there was no justification to appeal it. The decision "ends the legal proceedings" against the 82-year-old French-Polish director of "The Pianist", "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby", leaving him free to reside in Poland, one of his lawyers, Jerzy Stachowicz, told AFP.