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Wal-Mart looks to ease Black Friday

BENTONVILLE, AR (WKOW) -- The world's largest retailer says it will keep its stores open 24 hours and take new crowd-control measures Thanksgiving weekend, after a worker was trampled-to-death last year.

Wal-Mart says its day-after-Thanksgiving sales will begin at 5 a.m. on November 27, but most will be open 24 hours to prevent a mad dash. The announcement doesn't affect most of Wal-Mart's supercenters which are already open 24 hours.

Federal safety regulators cited Wal-Mart for inadequate crowd management after the November 28, 2008 death of a temporary employee at a Long Island, New York store. A crowd of shoppers broke down the store's doors, trapping the worker, who died of asphyxiation.


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