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Sunday 11.25.18

You all packed? Checked in? Got your ID handy? Today is projected to break into the Transportation Security Administration's top 10 busiest air travel days ever. Here's what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart.

By Michelle Krupa

More than 200 people are still missing in California's deadliest wildfire  -- The US  issued a dire warning about climate change's devastating impact on health and the economy -- The armed man killed by an Alabama officer "likely did not fire" shots that wounded people at a mall -- French police fired tear gas and used water cannons on government protesters -- President Trump veered into politics during his Thanksgiving phone call to troops -- Stephen Curry is OK after being involved in a multi-car wreck --  The British Parliament obtained internal Facebook documents that the social media giant fought to keep private -- Indian authorities are mapping out a plan to retrieve an American missionary feared killed on a remote island
 
 
European leaders today endorsed the diplomatic divorce deal known as Brexit. Under the agreement, the United Kingdom would formally dislodge from the European Union on March 29 but stay in the trading bloc through the end of 2020. Still don't get it? Read our non-Brits guide to Brexit.

The state trial begins Monday for James Alex Fields Jr., accused of fatally mowing down counterprotester Heather Heyer during the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bags, firearms and electronic devices reportedly will be barred from the courtroom during the three-week trial. Fields has pleaded not guilty to murder and malicious wounding charges. He separately faces federal hate crimes charges.

Can't stand hunting for parking at the mall? Don't fret. Cyber Monday is here. It's the day you can zero out your holiday shopping list while your boss's head is turned (not us, of course, Saeed). A record $6.59 billion was spent online last year, but beware these common scams, especially on your smartphone.

They say the only thing better than getting a gift is giving one. Giving Tuesday aims to harness the holiday spirit by raising money for those in need. The movement last year raised more than $300 million online plus countless in-kind donations and acts of kindness given in its name. You can click here or check in with CNN's Impact Your World to find ways to help those near you.
 
The Christmas season formally kicks off Wednesday, with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse at the White House. The Trump family will be on hand for the 96th annual event. Also debuting is New York's Rockefeller Center tree, with a 3D, 900-pound star with 3 million crystals.

A direct confrontation between the United States and China over trade could come Friday when the two-day G20 summit opens in Argentina. A sideline meeting also is set for President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. And world leaders undoubtedly will touch on global concern over Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing and Trump's response to it.

Whew! If you live in a US hurricane zone, take a breath -- you made it. The Atlantic and Eastern Pacific hurricane seasons end Friday. They were doozies, with Florence devastating the Carolinas and Virginia and Michael leveling parts of the Florida Panhandle. In the Pacific, Hector, Lane and Olivia drenched Hawaii, while the remnants of Rosa lashed Phoenix.
 
Mexico's incoming President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, gets sworn in Saturday. Known by his initials, AMLO, 65, is a blunt, pragmatic leftist whose book, "Listen, Trump," pushes back against the US President's border wall plan. López Obrador has promised Mexicans "development and better quality of life" and said he'd stop doing US "dirty work" by detaining Central American asylum-seekers en route to the United States.

And as you choose the perfect presents for the kiddos on your holiday list, remember, December, which begins Saturday, is Safe Toys and Gifts Month. While a consumer advocacy group says "toys are safer than ever before," experts warn of the potential chemical hazards of slime, toys with possible choking hazards and ones that could violate children's privacy by sharing data.
 

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If you thought the Black Friday sales were good, just you wait — because the savings are just getting started. In addition to the promotions that are still going strong, Cyber Monday kicks off tomorrow with major markdowns on top products and services from your favorite online retailers. In the meantime, you can head over to CNN Underscored to begin strategizing your shopping plan. There, you can choose from a whole list of ongoing Black Friday sales, shop Amazon's best markdowns and more. When you make a purchase, CNN Underscored receives revenue.
Not feeling the holiday spirit yet? Neither is this guy, flying high above New York in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. See more great pics from the week in our top images gallery, from our friends at CNN Photos
 
"I said, 'Who can afford that?' and he said, 'Santa can."
Shopper Julie Gates, recalling her exchange with a stranger who picked up nearly everyone's tab -- including layaway charges -- at a store in Vermont.
 
After shattering four vertebrae, she skis and bikes
They call her the bionic woman, and she's certainly a hero, helping others thrive after paralysis. You can follow her journey, then check out these other weekend reads
 
The square root of 'Rocky IV'
Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone again provide a potent one-two combo, CNN's critic says, in "Creed II," now in theaters.

Oh, he 'wrecked' it, all right
Ralph and Vanellope are trying to get out of a fresh mess in "Ralph Breaks the Internet," aimed at kids and their grown-ups. It's also now at the cinema.  

Visit an Italian village
Head to mid-20th-century Naples with a complicated couple in "My Brilliant Friend." Its eight episodes air Sundays and Mondays on HBO.

Remember that time Joey got a turkey stuck on his head?
From "Friends" to "The Simpsons" to "Minions," your small-screen binge can be all about family as you close out the Thanksgiving weekend.
 
Hoops glory, Part 1
It's Villanova vs. Florida State for men's college basketball bragging rights in Orlando today in the AdvoCare Invitational.

Hoops glory, Part 2
On the West Coast, Miami and Seton Hall face off on the court today for NCAA Division 1 fame at the Wooden Legacy tournament.

Conference crowns
It's college football's conference championship weekend across the country, with games set for Friday night through late Saturday. Some matchups will have a big impact on who ends up in the College Football Playoff.
 
Know your status
World AIDS Day turns 30 on Saturday. More than 30 million people worldwide live with HIV/AIDS. If you haven't gotten tested, here's where to go for help. And here's one of many tunes that have inspired the global movement to stop AIDS' spread. (Click here to listen.)
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