Local Leads: 11/27/2009

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By Carlos Martinez
|  Friday, Nov 27, 2009  |  Updated 1:21 PM EDT
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Local Leads: Shopping, Credit Cards and Backyard Grenades

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The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:
 
'Tis the Season
 
Shoppers crowded stores and malls in the wee hours Friday, some after spending the night waiting in line, to grab early morning deals and hard-to-find items. The nation's retailers expanded their hours and offered deep discounts on everything from toys to TVs in hopes of getting consumers, many of whom are worried about high unemployment and tight credit, to open their wallets. (USA Today)
 
Credit Card Rates Jump

Consumers are facing skyrocketing interest rates, disappearing frequent flier miles and new purchasing fees as credit card companies work to milk their customers' cash before federal legislation clamps down on them early next year. New federal legislation will prevent random interest rate and fee increases, but most of the provisions of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act won't take effect until February. (Washington Examiner)

Crashers Could Face Criminal Charges

The Secret Service says it's looking at possible criminal charges against a Virginia couple who crashed a White House dinner. Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin says the agency is moving closer to beginning a criminal investigation. He says that's one reason the Secret Service hasn't yet explained what happened when Michaele and Tareq Salahi arrived at the security checkpoint Tuesday for the dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. (WTOP)

Thanksgiving Massacre in Florida

Authorities are scouring South Florida today for Michael Merhige, a 35-year-old Miami-area man who police say shattered a family Thanksgiving dinner in Jupiter, fatally shooting his twin sisters, his 76-year-old aunt, and killing his 6-year-old niece as she slept in her bed. "God packed a lot of sweetness into that little body," Jim Sitton, shaken and ashen, told reporters this morning. (Sun Sentinel)

There's A Grenade in My Yard

The police were called. But the officers weren't prepared to handle ordnance, which was how Air Force Sgt. Ethan Moritz, a highly trained specialist who has served multiple tours disarming roadside bombs in Iraq, found himself dispatched, body armor and all, in April to disarm a grenade in Woodbridge. Moritz is one of the daring, brave, perhaps even crazy, service members who handle explosives for a living. (Washington Post)

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