Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) — Pope Francis is in Istanbul Saturday, his second stop on a three-day trip to Turkey.

The pope visited Istanbul’s famous Blue Mosque and prayed alongside the city’s Muslim religious leader.

Later he toured Haghia Sofia, a one time Byzantine church that was converted to a Mosque following the Muslim conquest of the city in 1453. Today it is a museum and one the city’s most popular attractions.

The pontiff is using his visit to the predominantly Muslim country to appeal for peace in neighboring Iraq and Syria and ask the international community to assist Turkey with its growing humanitarian crisis.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Small Business Saturday is still very much in the shadow of Black Friday, according to small-business owners.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is meant to boost sales and customers far away from the big-box stores. But some owners say the day doesn’t rake in nearly as much sales and traffic as Black Friday.

Black Friday is “more known,” said Darrell Kingston, the owner of the footwear retailer Vamps in New York City.

Michael Blossom, the owner of Florodora, a women’s clothes store in Chicago, agrees, saying that Small Business Saturday does not have much impact on his own business though he appreciates its efforts.

“I wouldn’t attribute a lot of [sales] to small business Saturday,” Blossom told ABC News.

American Express started Small Business Saturday in 2010, intending to help raise awareness about the importance and products offered by small businesses. The U.S. Senate officially recognized the day in 2012 with several politicians and President Obama expressing their support. Over 1,450 people and local organizations joined the movement last year as “neighborhood champions,” pledging their support for small businesses in their community, according to American Express.com.

Denise Stahl Shealy, who opened women’s clothing store Steel Gardens in South Carolina earlier this year, says she is excited over her first Small Business Saturday and thinks it will bring in lots of customers.

“I think more exposure to it and more people learning about it, it will become a part of the routine just like going shopping on Black Friday,” she told ABC News.

But some say a major marketing effort is needed to boost the day.

“More marketing and advertising,” Kingston told ABC News. “Because for this day and this year, I have not seen any marketing for this event.”

American Express offers discounts and other rewards Saturday to anyone who uses their card at a registered small business, with rewards differing every year. It puts out online advertisements about small companies to help raise awareness about the day.

Amex says that on Nov. 29, if you spend $10 or more at qualifying businesses, you get $10 back, up to three times. “American Express holders can register to get up to $30 back when they Shop Small on Small Business Saturday,” the company said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Small Business Saturday is still very much in the shadow of Black Friday, according to small-business owners.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is meant to boost sales and customers far away from the big-box stores. But some owners say the day doesn’t rake in nearly as much sales and traffic as Black Friday.

Black Friday is “more known,” said Darrell Kingston, the owner of the footwear retailer Vamps in New York City.

Michael Blossom, the owner of Florodora, a women’s clothes store in Chicago, agrees, saying that Small Business Saturday does not have much impact on his own business though he appreciates its efforts.

“I wouldn’t attribute a lot of [sales] to small business Saturday,” Blossom told ABC News.

American Express started Small Business Saturday in 2010, intending to help raise awareness about the importance and products offered by small businesses. The U.S. Senate officially recognized the day in 2012 with several politicians and President Obama expressing their support. Over 1,450 people and local organizations joined the movement last year as “neighborhood champions,” pledging their support for small businesses in their community, according to American Express.com.

Denise Stahl Shealy, who opened women’s clothing store Steel Gardens in South Carolina earlier this year, says she is excited over her first Small Business Saturday and thinks it will bring in lots of customers.

“I think more exposure to it and more people learning about it, it will become a part of the routine just like going shopping on Black Friday,” she told ABC News.

But some say a major marketing effort is needed to boost the day.

“More marketing and advertising,” Kingston told ABC News. “Because for this day and this year, I have not seen any marketing for this event.”

American Express offers discounts and other rewards Saturday to anyone who uses their card at a registered small business, with rewards differing every year. It puts out online advertisements about small companies to help raise awareness about the day.

Amex says that on Nov. 29, if you spend $10 or more at qualifying businesses, you get $10 back, up to three times. “American Express holders can register to get up to $30 back when they Shop Small on Small Business Saturday,” the company said.

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Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) — Khloe Kardashian was “really excited” about hosting her first Thanksgiving for her family at her home in California.

“We always go2 my mama’s house, so this year I’m really really excited,” she Tweeted. “This is a first.”

Kardashian, 30, admitted she had been “cooking for hours” and her treats look delicious.

“Happy Thanksgiving my loves!! Good luck cooking and enjoy your loved ones. The idea of thanksgiving should not be limited to one continent or to one day, each day we all should be thankful for what we have so far and for the blessings that we have yet received,” she shared on Instagram.

Next, she shared a pic of a homemade pie and a casserole — “A sneak peak of my craziness.”

“I know you see my OCD in high gear when you look at my cookie jars. I have a problem… I know… but I like everything neat and in its place. This kind of stuff makes me SO happy!! #HappyThanksgiving, she added.

Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) — Khloe Kardashian was “really excited” about hosting her first Thanksgiving for her family at her home in California.

“We always go2 my mama’s house, so this year I’m really really excited,” she Tweeted. “This is a first.”

Kardashian, 30, admitted she had been “cooking for hours” and her treats look delicious.

“Happy Thanksgiving my loves!! Good luck cooking and enjoy your loved ones. The idea of thanksgiving should not be limited to one continent or to one day, each day we all should be thankful for what we have so far and for the blessings that we have yet received,” she shared on Instagram.

Next, she shared a pic of a homemade pie and a casserole — “A sneak peak of my craziness.”

“I know you see my OCD in high gear when you look at my cookie jars. I have a problem… I know… but I like everything neat and in its place. This kind of stuff makes me SO happy!! #HappyThanksgiving, she added.

Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Protesters upset by the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown earlier this week showed up on Friday to voice their dissatisfaction on a day when consumers typically go on a shopping splurge.

Over 100 protesters marched through the Galleria Mall near St. Louis, blocked the aisle and forcing some stores to temporarily close.

According to the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, the protest eventually moved on to the West County Center, during which protesters laid on the floor, representing the time that Michael Brown’s body was left on the street.

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AlexRaths/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study shows that only about 50 percent of Americans who later developed dementia were subject to a timely mental assessment.

According to the study, published in the journal Neurology, looked at 300 older Americans and found that about half had received a clinical cognitive evaluation. The test, performed by either a neurologist, a psychiatrist or a family doctor, is supposed to diagnose cognitive impairment or dementia.

Researchers say that while there is no cure for dementia, treatment can lead to improved quality of life for both the patient and their loved ones. Early evaluation can also lead to more time at a more mild stage of the disease.

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pablographix/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — U.S. military forces conducted 16 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria between Wednesday and Friday.

According to U.S. Central Command, just two of those strikes took place in Syria — one near Kobani and one near Aleppo. Those strikes struck one ISIS fighting position, a staging area and a tactical unit. Assisting U.S. forces in those strikes were forces from Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The strikes in Iraq destroyed five ISIS bunkers, 12 ISIS vehicles, a bulldozer, two fighting positions, an armored vehicle and a heavy weapon, while striking an ISIS-occupied building, a large unit, seven tactical units and two units.

Forces from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the U.K. took part in the strikes within Iraq.

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – NBA: Chicago Bulls 109 (10-6) – Boston Celtics 102 (4-9)

Top 25 College Football: Western Kentucky 67 (7-5) (26) Marshall 66 (11-1) – Overtime

Top 25 Men’s Basketball: (11) Kansas 82 (4-1) – Tennessee 67 (2-2)

NHL: New York Rangers 3 (10-8-4, 24pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 0 (8-11-3, 19pts)

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ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images(CONAKRY, Guinea) — French President Francois Hollande traveled to Guinea on Friday, making him the first Western leader to travel to an Ebola-affected nation.

Hollande made the trip to get a first-hand look at the conditions in Guinea and to declare the international community’s “duty” to support the nation, according to his website. Upon arrival, Hollande told reporters that he wanted to “salute the organizations that are dedicated to treating the Guinean people.”

Hollande met with Guinean President Alpha Conde, promising to continue providing support for the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

According to his website, Hollande will visit the Pasteur Institute at Donka Hospital in Conakry and take part in a round table on the international response to Ebola. Later on Friday, the French President will hold a joint press conference with President Conde, take part in a reception in honor of Guinea’s French community, and meet with French medical staff working in Guinea.

Hollande will then spend the weekend in Senegal for a summit of French-speaking nations.

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