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Top News Links: Monday, Nov. 27

It’s CyberMonday. Make it count

Online shopping is booming this holiday season. Retailers posted some $7.9 billion in online sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, an 18 percent increase from last year. Now, we're at Cyber Monday, the time when retailers traditionally roll out their best online deals. – AL.com

Trump reiterates his support for Moore

President Trump on Sunday reiterated support for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, despite numerous allegations against him of sexual misconduct and harassment. “We can’t let Schumer-Pelosi win this race,” Trump tweeted Sunday morning from his Mar-a-Lago golf resort, where he has been spending the Thanksgiving holiday. – LA Times

Meredith Corp. buys Time Inc., owner of Southern Living

Media company Time Inc., which has properties based in Birmingham, is being purchased by a company backed by the Republican donors Charles and David Koch, the Associated Press and other outlets are reporting. The $1.8 billion deal is to close in early 2018, with Meredith paying $18.50 per share for about 100 million outstanding shares of Time Inc. – AL.com

State’s unemployment at historic low

Alabama officials say the state's unemployment rate is at a historic low. Preliminary, seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate is 3.6 percent. That's down from 3.8 in September, which tied the previous record. – AP/AL.com/NewsTrib

Government shutdown looms as tax bill awaits Congress

Congress will return to Washington, D.C., this week to confront a series of highly charged partisan issues as a deadline for extending government funding approaches, raising the specter of a December government shutdown. Leaders of both parties have publicly played down the possibility of a showdown next month. – Chicago Tribune

Costco sold $4B, as in billion, in liquor last year

Costco house whiskies have landed solid scores on Whisky Advocate and Wine Enthusiast of late; they even nabbed a top prize at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. They’re cheap, too—whether it be a 1.75 liter of Canadian whisky for $20 or an 18 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish Highlands Scotch for $38. So how exactly do they do that? – Punch

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