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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for November 29

Posted at 11:51 AM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 11:51:23-05

1. Michigan could be the next state at the center of a hand-by-hand recount of millions of ballots from the election.

The State Board of Canvassers has started the 48-hour countdown that would allow a candidate to file that request.

Green party candidate Jill Stein is behind the push, and her campaign has been in several other key states including Wisconsin. Stein's campaign retained the state's former Democratic Party Chairman, Mark Brewer, as their attorney for the recount request.

He appears to be calling into question the potential for fraud and inaccuracies in the results. State officials say recount costs could exceed $900,000 and a portion of that could fall on taxpayers.

2. Before we talk about Giving Tuesday, let's talk about how much money we spent on Cyber Monday.

Adobe Digital Insights expected shoppers to spend $3.3 billion, that's 9 percent more than what was spent last year. Hot selling items like game consoles, televisions, and high-tech toys were a big contributor to the total.

In addition to all the money made by retailers, mobile shopping was through the roof this year. 38 percent of sales happened on tablets or smartphones, a 6 percent increase from last year.

3. United Airlines is launching flights to Cuba today, and Delta Airlines is starting commercial flights on Thursday.

Several other airlines began regular flights to Cuba earlier this year. However if you want to go to Cuba, there's a catch.

U.S. tourism to Cuba is still illegal, and if you want to go you'll need to fall into one of the 12 categories approved by the U.S. government. Some of those categories include visiting relatives, educational research, or traveling to compete as an athlete. In addition to that, you'll need to sign an affidavit.

This all comes after recently renewed diplomatic ties between Cuba and the U.S.

4. It may be Giving Tuesday, but there's another event where you can pay it forward to John Ball Zoo this weekend.

Share the holiday spirit with some furry and feathered friends at Christmas for the Animals on Saturday. There will be crafts, music, ice carving, and more.

The event is happening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free if you bring a gift for the animals.

For a complete gift list, click here.

5. Bud Light is offering one lucky fan Super Bowl Tickets for life.

There's just one thing you have to do: find one of the 37,000 golden Bud Light cans that are being distributed across the country. Next, take a picture with the can and post it on social media with #SBTix4Life and #Sweeps.

Leading up to the Super Bowl, six winners will be chosen per week to get a pair of season tickets for their favorite team. Then from that group, the big winner will be picked during the week of January 16.

Super Bowl 51 is set for February 5.