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Civil rights group seeks meeting with Barneys CEO

NEW YORK (AP) a¿¿ A civil rights group said Thursday it was seeking a meeting with the CEO of Barneys New York in the wake of racial profiling claims by two shoppers at the high-end department store.

The Brooklyn chapter of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network said the group also plans to picket Barneys if the alleged pattern of racial profiling does not stop, its president, Kirsten John Foy, said in a statement.

Two black shoppers this week accused Barneys of detaining them after they made expensive purchases at the store in Manhattan. One of them has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Barneys, the city and its police department; another filed a complaint with the city's police watchdog agency.

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By The Associated Press=

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 95.88 points, or 0.6 percent, to close at 15,509.21 Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 5.69 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,752.07. The Nasdaq composite rose 21.89 points, or 0.6 percent, to 3,928.96.

Benchmark U.S. crude for December delivery gained 25 cents to close at $97.11 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Wholesale gasoline added 4 cents to $2.59 a gallon. Natural gas rose 1 cent to $3.63 per 1,000 cubic feet. Heating oil shed 2 cents to $2.90 a gallon. Brent crude fell 81 cents to $106.99 a barrel on the ICE futures exchange in London.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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