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Black Friday creeps into Thursday, Thunderstorms roll into the islands, US pins hopes on Egypt after cease-fire

Here's what's happening on Sunrise this morning:

BLACK FRIDAY CREEPS INTO THURSDAY

This year Black Friday shopping happened earlier than ever. Stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving that's named Black Friday because it's traditionally when retailers turn a profit for the year. But after testing how shoppers would respond to earlier hours last year, stores such as Target and Toys R Us this year opened as early as Thanksgiving evening.

THUNDERSTORMS ROLLING INTO THE ISLANDS

Forecasters say persistent middle and high level clouds will continue through this Thanksgiving weekend. The islands will also continue to see passing showers, as well as some potential thunderstorms. Forecasters say parts of the state could see localized heavy rain, especially with afternoon sea breezes, as the unsettled weather pattern continues through the weekend. Trade winds will then return by early next week and gradually become stronger as high pressure builds to the north of the area.

US PINS HOPES ON EGYPT AFTER CEASE-FIRE

In frantic diplomacy, the Obama administration helped seal a cease-fire that puts heavy responsibility on Egypt's young Islamist government to ensure the end of Hamas rockets from the Gaza Strip. If Egypt delivers, the United States will have rediscovered the stalwart regional partner it has lacked since the autocratic Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in a popular revolt last year. If it fails, stability across the region will suffer.

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