Michael Nagle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Though most retailers are offering holiday weekend discounts online, millions of people still enjoy shopping outings with friends or family on Black Friday, and increasingly, Thanksgiving day. If so, this list is for you.
Before you camp out to snag a door-buster deal, be sure to check your local listings for store hours and purchasing restrictions. The biggest deals may be restricted to one per person.
Here are some store hours for national retailers that are open on Thanksgiving and or Black Friday:
Best Buy will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Nearly all of Best Buy's 1,000 stores in 47 states will remain open until 1 a.m. on Friday. Stores will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday and close at 10 p.m. that day.
BJ's clubs, closed on Thanksgiving, will open at 7 a.m. on Friday and close at 10 p.m.
Formerly Burlington Coat Factory, Burlington will be closed on Thanksgiving and open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday.
Costco warehouses will be closed on Thanksgiving, but they have the autonomy to open earlier (not later) than usual on Black Friday. Most locations will be open 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. this Friday.
Dillard's will be closed on Thanksgiving and open on Friday at 8 a.m.
GameStop will be closed on Thanksgiving but open at 12:01 a.m. on Black Friday.
Many JCPenney stores will be open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day until 10 p.m. on Friday.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Jo-Ann stores will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, after being closed on Thanksgiving. For the first time, stores will open at 6 a.m. Wednesday, too.
Kmart has opened at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day for the past four years. Stores will then be open for 42 hours.
Kohl's will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Macy's will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Pier 1 Imports
Pier 1 is closed on Thanksgiving and its doors are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, though some locations will vary.
RadioShack will open at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
Sears will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Staples will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Target
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's the most wonderful time of the year -- until your credit card information is compromised.
An estimated 140 million American shoppers are expected to start their holiday shopping in stores and online over Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.
While many of us are dreaming of deals, it's important to remember that cyber criminals are on the prowl, targeting unsuspecting shoppers and trying to steal their passwords and credit card information.
"If you're shopping at a site you haven't been to before, you kind of do so at your own peril," Tim Ryan, a former FBI investigator and managing director of the cyber investigations practice at Kroll, told ABC News.
While it doesn't necessarily mean avoiding those sites, it's important to make sure they're secure before entering any personal information.
Many browsers show this by displaying a padlock icon near the address bar or the upper right corner of a window. Another easy way to make sure you're on a secure site is to make sure the URL starts with "https://".
Ryan said he advises shoppers to "be hesitant" of reacting to any emails or phone messages they may receive from people claiming to be from a store or their bank.
"People are going to be sensitive to the timely nature of their purchases and criminals know this," he said.
One such example he's seen is a scam email claiming a user's credit card may be deactivated soon unless they click a link that essentially leads them into a criminal's trap.
"If your bank allows you to get email or text alerts about whenever your card is used, I think that's really an excellent way to monitor what is happening with your card," Ryan said.
One of Ryan's other tips for staying safe may surprise shoppers: It's OK to let a trusted website, such as Amazon, store your credit card information.
"Entering your card once is more secure than you continually having to enter your credit card time and time again," he said.
PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday charged the private banking arm of HSBC with violating the law by failing to register with the SEC before providing investment advisory and cross-border brokerage.
"HSBC's Swiss private banking unit illegally conducted advisory or brokerage business with U.S. customers," Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC's Division of Enhancement said in a press release. The bank's efforts to prevent registration violations "ultimately failed because their compliance initiatives were not effectively implemented or monitored."
HSBC began conducting the business in question over 10 years ago. On at least 40 occasions, the SEC says, HSBC personnel traveled to the U.S. to solicit clients, provide investment advice and induce securities transactions -- actions they were not registered to provide.
The SEC says that the bank has agreed to admit to its wrongdoing and that it will pay $12.5 million to settle the charges.
Nuno André/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What do you get when you mix rain and snow in the Northeast and 46 million people are expected to travel for Thanksgiving? A recipe for a travel disaster.
But those with plans to travel Wednesday -- one of the season's busiest days -- can get ahead of the winter weather by leaving on Tuesday.
Most airlines have issued flexible travel policies for those holding tickets to fly to, from or through many East Coast Airports.
Tuesday, though not as busy as Wednesday, is still a heavily traveled day for the airlines. Air travelers who find themselves shut out of flights already oversold on Tuesday should aim for Thursday morning flights. Thursday is traditionally a slow day for the airlines.
Though policies vary slightly among individual carriers, if your flight is canceled or significantly delayed, you are entitled to a refund. Carriers will also allow a one-time change on flights that are not canceled for no fee.
Here is a list of airlines with flexible travel policies and links to individual sites:
A significant Noreaster is set to hit the East Coast Wednesday, with rain expected along I-95 from Orlando, Florida to Raleigh, North Carolina and rain from Washington, D.C. to Boston in the early part of the day, changing to snow in the early afternoon. New York and Boston could get between 2 and 6 inches of snow.
Airlines for America, an industry trade organization, has projected that 24.6 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period.
This is a 1.5 percent increase from last year, or an additional 31,000 passengers per day. The busiest days are projected to be Sunday, Nov. 30; Monday, Dec. 1; and Wednesday, Nov. 26. The lightest travel days are Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28.
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Honda said on Monday that it had vastly underreported claims involving accidents that resulted in injuries or deaths between 2003 and 2014.
In a news release regarding a third-party audit of the company's early warning reports provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Honda said that it had alerted the NHTSA to the concern, prior to providing "responsive information" on Monday.
The audit found a total of 1,729 claims that Honda failed to report to NHTSA. The company blamed these failures on data entry errors, coding errors and narrow regulatory interpretation.
Vehicle manufacturers are required to report an array of information each quarter to ensure that the NHTSA is aware of any claims that could signal a potential safety defect. Included in that information is any claim involving an injury or death.
Honda says that it often did not enter a date into a field in its own database requesting "written claim received." By not including that date, the system failed to "distinguish reportable written claims and notices from non-reportable oral claims for relief. The company also said that the computer program it used to generate early warning reports was not properly set up and that it had used an "overly narrow interpretation of what constituted a 'written notice,'" resulting in a failure to report certain claims.
Honda says it will correct the setup of its computer program, ensure the inclusion of all claims involving injury or death in future early warning reports and improve training and oversight, in addition to other actions, in an effort to prevent such failures in the future.
Michael Nagle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The frenzy of Black Friday shopping is often about excitement and tradition, but don't buy into all the hype. There are some things that may seem like a great deal, but aren't.
Deals site DealNews.com recommends that you wait on buying 11 products until after Black Friday.
Like always, take any advice with a grain of salt, as these recommendations are based on DealNews' historical data and anecdotal experience. And if you are in need of something immediately, sometimes it might be worth paying a little more to check it off your list.
1. Winter gear
These items, including coats and boots, often have deeper discounts during winter clearance sales in January and March.
2. Designer clothing
People who love designer clothing labels should stick to outlet shopping on Black Friday, according to DealNews, because high-end clothiers don't really offer great "sales."
Otherwise, shoppers could get not-so-great discounts of 20 to 30 percent off on designer clothing, which DealNews calls "yawn-worthy."
3. Latest Amazon Fire tablets
While you can likely find deals on Amazon's older Fire tablets, you likely won't find many great discounts on the newest Fire lineup, according to DealNews. Last year, during Cyber Week, DealNews saw only two discounts on the then-new Kindle Fire HDX.
4. High-end laptops
While November may be a great month to buy laptops, shoppers should hold off on "powerhouse" computing machines.
"High-performance machines that boast a powerful CPU like Intel's Core i7 models actually see better prices during the summer back-to-school sales," DealNews' features writer Marcy Bonebright states.
July and September can offer deals that are 9 percent cheaper (about $50 on average) than even November's best deals, DealNews states.
While there may be great Black Friday deals on cheap household hand tools, last year, there were 16 percent more tool offers in December than those of November, according to DealNews.
6. Gift cards
"Discounted gift cards practically rain from the sky in December, especially those from iTunes," according to Bonebright. "Last year, we saw so many gift card deals in December, we had to publish a weekly feature just to keep track of them all."
7. Brand-name smart TVs
While Black Friday's door-buster deals often feature deep discounts on flat-screen televisions, brand-name TVs tend to have better prices after the Consumer Electronics Show. During that January event, manufacturers reveal their new product lineups in Las Vegas. But, DealNews points out, last year the best 55" name-brand TV deal came in September, which was 10 percent cheaper than November's best deal.
8. Airline and vacation packages
While there are some "superior" hotel discounts on Black Friday, you might want to refrain from booking a flight or planning a vacation. DealNews recommends planning travel for January, which offers a higher number of deals.
9. Exercise equipment
"December consistently sees an uptick in both the quantity of exercise equipment offers and the quality," writes Bonebright. Last year, DealNews marked almost 30 percent of December sports deals as Editors' Choice, compared to just 15 percent in November.
10. Chocolates and flowers
November 2013 had the fewest offers in this category all year, according to DealNews. Better stick to the bigger gift-giving holidays of Christmas and Valentine's Day, DealNews says.
11. Home and patio furniture
Most retailers discount these items heavily in the warmer months. The number of home furniture deals increase in July and August with patio furniture clearance sales "dominating" in August and September, Bonebright writes.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Samsung's eye scrolling technology has been taken to a new level by a volunteer group of engineers who have developed a system that allows a user to surf the Internet, write and edit documents with the blink of an eye.
It sounds like a futuristic dream, but Samsung's engineers on Tuesday showed off the result of their passion project, which they hope will allow people with disabilities to be better able to use computers.
Unlike similar technology, Samsung's second-generation EYECAN doesn't require the user to wear any equipment or be in any specific position. The system works when users are situated approximately 2 feet away from the monitor, according to Samsung.
The EYECAN device is a portable box that is positioned below a computer monitor.
First-time users will have to calibrate their eyes to the technology so it can remember their ocular characteristics. From there, users will be able to write and edit messages and browse the Internet while they're seated or lying down -- controlling the system with their subtle eye movements.
Samsung said they do not plan to sell the EYECAN and instead "will manufacture a limited quantity to donate to charity organizations."
The technology and design of the breakthrough technology will soon be made open source, allowing other groups and companies free rein to commercialize the eye mouse, according to Samsung.
phillyskater/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Home Depot acknowledged in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday that it faces at least 44 civil lawsuits related to the data breach that put millions of customers' personal information at risk earlier this year.
"We discovered a data breach in the third quarter of fiscal 2014 and are still in the process of determining the full extent of its impact and the impact of related government investigations and civil litigation on our results of operations, which could be material," the company wrote in the filing.
The 44 lawsuits were filed in the U.S. and Canada, though the company acknowledged that additional claims "may be asserted on behalf of customers, payment card brands, payment card issuing banks, shareholders, or others seeking damages or other related relief." In addition, the company still faces investigations by state and federal agencies.
The company is not clear on how the lawsuits and investigations will impact their finances.
In the filing, the company also notes that it has already enhanced encryption at all U.S. stores, and will do so at its Canadian stores by early 2015.
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While some stores are beating each other to the punch to open their doors as early as possible on Thanksgiving, others are encouraging their workers to enjoy turkey at home.
Stores like Costco and Nordstrom are choosing to stay closed on Thanksgiving, while companies like Kmart will open at 6 a.m. that day.
Here are some of the national chains that are choosing to stay closed this Thanksgiving:
1. American Girl
American Girl’s retail stores, as well as its corporate headquarters, will be closed on Thanksgiving, according to a spokeswoman for Mattel, which purchased American Girl doll-maker Pleasant Company in 1998. The spokeswoman said it has been been American Girl’s policy to be closed on Thanksgiving since its founding in 1986.
2. Barnes and Noble
"We want our booksellers to have the opportunity to enjoy what is a family holiday," said Barnes and Noble spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating.
All BJ’s Clubs will open on Black Friday, Nov. 28, at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. For some Clubs this is an hour later than usual.
“Consistent with our company values, BJ’s Wholesale Club will, once again, remain closed on Thanksgiving Day,” said Laura Sen, president and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club. “To give our team a well-deserved holiday, our home office, 206 clubs and three distribution centers will be closed, allowing our 25,000 dedicated Team Members the time they deserve to celebrate all that they are grateful for in the company of family and friends.”
Burlington, no longer Burlington Coat Factory, will remain closed on Thanksgiving, like it has over the last several years. Stores will be open from 7 a.m. on Black Friday.
“All Burlington locations will remain closed on Thanksgiving so that our associates and customers can spend the special holiday with their loved ones," a statement from the company read. "Unlike other retailers that will be offering limited-time holiday discounts on Thanksgiving, Burlington offers designer merchandise at up to 65 percent off department store prices every day. This will allow our customers to stay home and enjoy Thanksgiving with their family and friends without missing out on our stylish merchandise and gifts at great prices.”
Though Costco has some additional hours in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the warehouse will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, as usual.
6. Crate and Barrel
The furniture and lifestyle brand has closed its doors on Thanksgiving since the company was founded in 1962.
"We have never been open on Thanksgiving, and this year is no exception," Julie Johnson Bull Inc., director of investor relations, told ABC News. "We choose to remain closed on Thanksgiving to allow our associates time with their families and friends."
Stores open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.
Earlier this month, the CEO of shoe retailer DSW, Michael R. McDonald, said in a statement, “We have decided not to follow the trend. Instead, we believe family comes first and you should be home celebrating with them on this special holiday. This means none of our stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day...”
GameStop will be closed on Thanksgiving but open at 12:01 a.m. local time on Black Friday, the video game retailer's spokeswoman said.
"At GameStop we often use the phrase 'protect the family' in reference to our business," the company said, according to Daily Finance. "A large part of what that means to us is to not open any of our GameStop, SimplyMac, Spring Mobile or Cricket Wireless U.S. locations on Thanksgiving Day out of respect for our store associates and their families and friends."
10. Hobby Lobby
Like every Sunday, the arts and crafts chain with 600 stores in 47 states will be closed on Thanksgiving. 11. Home Depot
The home and building store is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
TJX spokeswoman Doreen Thompson told ABC News, “All of our T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and Sierra Trading Post stores will be closed on Thanksgiving and are scheduled to open on Friday morning, November 28th. We consider ourselves an associate-friendly Company, and, we are pleased to give our Associates the time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.”
13. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Jo-Ann stores have never been open Thanksgiving Day, a spokesperson confirmed to ABC News.
Like other companies owned by TJX, Marshalls will be closed on Thanksgiving.
"Over the years our tradition has been to be closed on Thanksgiving so we are able to unveil our holiday trim the following morning," said Nordstrom spokesman Dan Evans, Jr.
Outdoor retailer Patagonia is not only staying closed on Thanksgiving, but encouraging people to invest in things they already own. On Monday, the company announced an investment in Yerdle, a company that helps people put goods back into circulation and avoid buying new things.
17. Pier 1 Imports
Chrissy Madison, a spokeswoman for Pier 1 Imports, said the store locations are closed on Thursday "to allow our associates to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with their family and friends."
Maria Brous, a Publix spokeswoman, said, "In our 84 year history, we have never opened on Thanksgiving day. We reserve the holiday for associates to be with their families. The same is true of Christmas day and Easter Sunday."
The company will have regular hours on Friday.
Like last year, REI will be closed on Thanksgiving, a spokeswoman confirmed, with stores opening at 8 a.m. on Friday.
20. Sam's Club
Unlike its namesake brand, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has one chain that will be closed on Thanksgiving. About 600 Sam's Club locations will not be open for business on Thursday.
21. Sierra Trading Post
Sierra Trading Post will be closed on Thanksgiving with the other TJX companies like Marshalls.
22. T.J. Maxx
"Maxxinistas" can take a break from the brick and mortar store on Thanksgiving.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Designer Christian Louboutin has released a limited-edition nail polish that costs just as much as a pair of his famous red-bottom shoes.
Sold at Sephora, “Starlight” is priced at $675.
But there’s a reason why the red holiday nail lacquer comes with such a hefty price tag.
The bottle, made with 1,500 hand-applied Strass crystals, is encased in an elegant box with a black lacquered finish, according to the product's press release. The leather flower detailing is also adorned in crystals, which mirrors Louboutin's $1,395 Pensamoi high heel pumps.
The rouge polish color is meant to match the same signature red that the designer uses on his iconic shoe soles.
According to Sephora reviews, there are shoppers purchasing the luxury designer polish.
Although some are buying, the high-priced polish is still getting mixed reviews from Sephora shoppers.
“I can't even see my husband buying me something so absurd,” one wrote in an online review.
“Slightly pricey but worth the money,” another said.
Only 1,000 bottles of Starlight have been produced worldwide.
The designer’s original polish collection, Christian Louboutin Nail Colour, sells for a much lower price of $50 at Sephora.com.
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(CANTON, Texas) -- A woman who had pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in 2004 in a car crash that killed her fiancé was declared innocent on Monday after a district judge determined that the crash was caused by a faulty ignition switch in the car -- the same faulty ignition switch that led millions of General Motors vehicles to be recalled.
An attorney for the woman, Candice Anderson, said in a statement on Monday that "GM knew this defect caused this death yet, instead of telling the truth, watched silently as Candice was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter." The attorney says that the judge granted a Writ of Habeas Corpus, "and in doing so declared Candice Anderson actually innocent of the death of her fiancé."
Hilliard urged GM to "double its efforts to find all victims of this defect." Instead of Anderson, he said that "now, it's time for the true criminal, GM, to have its conduct evaluated by district attorneys around the country so the world knows that billion dollar corporations and those that make the decisions inside those corporations can also go to jail and be subject to the criminal justice system."