After weeks of deals, stores aim to draw Black Friday crowds

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Shoppers wait to make purchases at a Best Buy on Black Friday in Dartmouth, Mass., Friday.

NEW YORK — Shoppers were out before dawn in the U.S. for fun and for deals, as retailers that have had a tough year were hoping to bring customers to their stores and websites for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.