( Jeremy Portje )
Despite protests, Black Friday shoppers descend on stores

Shoppers rubbed their bleary eyes, sipped coffee and emerged from their turkey-and-stuffing hangovers before sunrise Friday in search of the biggest bargains. 
A federal appeals court Thursday is set to hear Samsung's bid to overturn a nearly $1 billion damages verdict for copying Apple's iPhone and iPad technology, a crucial stage in the four-year legal battle  
Congresswoman Barbara Lee isn't happy that President Obama authorized a somewhat broader role for American troops remaining in Afghanistan; also, one of former GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari's only bragging rights is slipping away.  
California's public officials would have to disclose more about how rich they are and the businesses they're involved in, under an Assembly bill that will be introduced Monday.  
An Uber driver suffered facial injuries when a passenger assaulted him as he drove through San Francisco, police said Friday.  
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Review: 'Far Cry 4' takes players to new heights -- literally

The latest in the Ubisoft series places players in a Himalayan kingdom, where they fight a dictator, scale mountain cliffs and dodge rampaging elephants.