AP PHOTOS: Black Friday from bargains to brawls

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A shopper browses the aisles at the Times Square Toys-R-Us store after doors were opened to the public at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in New York. While stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, openings have crept earlier and earlier over the past few years. Now, stores from Wal-Mart to Toys R Us are opening their doors on Thanksgiving evening, hoping Americans will be willing to shop soon after they finish their pumpkin pie. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Shoppers waited in line, fought through crowds and even cut short Thanksgiving dinner to snap up the best deals of the year.

Black Friday, the day when retailers traditionally turn a profit for the year, got a jump start when many stores opened Thursday evening.

Here, in images, are scenes from Black Friday from across the nation:

 
 
 

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