The last day of Nelson Mandela's formal lying in state on Friday was overwhelmed by mourners desperate to say a final, personal farewell to the anti-apartheid icon. Friday was the last opportunity to view the body of South Africa's first black president in Pretoria, before it is transported to his boyhood village of Qunu for burial on Sunday. Large numbers had camped out to secure an early place in the queue, but as of 7:30 am (0530 GMT) there were already 50,000 waiting for buses to the Union Buildings -- the seat of government where the coffin has been laid out for three days. "Any additional numbers will make it physically impossible for people to be safely transported to the Union Buildings and get the opportunity to file past the body," it said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices dropped in November for the third consecutive month, pushed down again by cheaper gasoline and lower home heating oil costs. But excluding volatile energy costs, inflation was mostly stable.