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At least 305 people were killed Friday when gunmen opened fire, and an explosive detonated, at a Sufi mosque in northern Sinai, Egypt. The death toll, which continues to rise, includes at least 27 children. Nearly 130 people were injured. Attackers in sport utility vehicles opened fire on worshippers in a mosque in Al Rawdah. Egyptian military planes on Saturday targeted vehicles which were thought to be used by the attackers. Journalists could not independently verify the information since limits are placed on media in Sinai. Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called for a meeting with security officials and declared three days of mourning following the attack. "I reiterate my condolences to the families of the martyrs, and my wishes for a recovery of the wounded people. Once again I tell all Egyptians that this situation, what happened will increase our determination to face terrorism with all our strength," el-Sissi said. — CNN

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President Trump on Friday said he declined on being named TIME's "Person of the Year," but the magazine seemed to refute his claim. "Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named 'Man (Person) of the Year,' like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway," Trump tweeted. The magazine tweeted that Trump was "incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication." The magazine publication date is set for Dec. 6. Trump was named TIME's Person of the Year last year. In the 1998 issue, TIME former managing editor Walter Isaacson said the title is bestowed upon “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse." — NPR

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Rosemary A. Billquist, 43, was fatally shot Wednesday evening while walking her dogs in Chautauqua County, New York, by a hunter who mistook her for a deer. Thomas B. Jadlowski told authorities he fired a single shot at what he believed was a deer. Jadlowski said he heard screaming and found Billquist. She was transported to an Erie, Pennsylvania, hospital, where she died. "It appears from what I gathered this was after sunset, and he shouldn't have been out there hunting after sunset. You're done. That's the law," said Dale Dunkelberger, of New York's Department of Environmental Conservation. Billquist's husband Jamie said his wife "loved life and was an angel. She volunteered with the pet program and would bring pets to those in hospice.” — THE BUFFALO NEWS

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Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton condemned coverage showing the private life of Malia Obama. Tabloid media outlets published photos and videos of the 19-year-old daughter of former president Barack Obama as she attended Harvard University events and spent time with friends. “Malia Obama should be allowed the same privacy as her school aged peers. She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits," Trump said. Clinton tweeted that tabloid media outlets should "be better" and that Malia Obama's "private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait." After graduating high school in 2016, Malia Obama took a gap year so she could start college life after her father had left office. — PEOPLE

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Bangladesh police on Friday made an arrest in the 2015 murder of Avijit Roy, a US blogger who was critical of religious extremism in that country. The suspect, 24-year-old Arafat Rahman, is a member of a terror group which is inspired by al Qaeda. Roy was killed in February 2015 after being attacked by machetes while he and his wife Rafida Ahmed were returning home from a book fair. “In the primary interrogation, he confessed his involvement in the killing of four other secular activists,” Deputy police commissioner Masudur Rahman said of Rahman. Police officials think the Ansar Ullah Bangla Team terror group is behind the murders of at least 12 bloggers and gay rights activists. — REUTERS

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Black Friday sales online totaled at least $3.54 billion by 8 p.m. last night, boosting the day nearly 16 percent over sales the same day last year. Shoppers spent about $2.9 billion on Thanksgiving Day. Adobe Analytics measures sales at the 100 largest online retailers in the United States. Figures for brick-and-mortar stores for Black Friday weren't readily available. But analysts said anecdotal signs of fewer vehicles outside of stores and people leaving stores without making purchases shouldn't hinder sales throughout the season. Online sales are expected to reach $5 billion for Black Friday and more than $6.5 billion for Cyber Monday. Gap, Lowe's and H&M experienced internet outages and Macy's had in-store credit card processing issues. Consumers are expected to spend more than $107 billion online during the holiday shopping season. — BI

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A 14-year-old actress won best supporting actress in the Golden Horse Film Awards — considered to be the "Chinese-language Oscars." Beating several veteran actresses, Vicky Chen won for her role in "The Bold, The Corrupt and The Beautiful" — a crime drama focused on a wealthy family. The film was nominated for seven total awards, and won three, including Best Film. Chen also was nominated in the best actress category for her role in "Angels Wear White," in which she played a maid who witnessed a sexual assault and struggles with reporting it. — BBC

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