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Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night
FERGUSON, Mo. — Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services — a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown ca...
By Tom Foreman Jr. and Jim Suhr The Associated Press FULL STORY
Americans mark Thanksgiving with parades, turkey
NEW YORK — Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine are on the menu as friends and families gather across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here’s a look at how Americans celebrated: AND THE PARADE IS OFF Oohing and ahhing spectators of all ages lined the route o...
By Larry Neumeister The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama’s action fuels worry about immigration scams
SAN DIEGO — Advocacy groups barely waited for President Barack Obama to finish speaking about sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system to start warning about scams. “We hear horror stories about people getting taken advantage of horribly,” attorney Ginger Jacobs told several dozen peo...
By Elliot Spagat The Associated Press FULL STORY
Taliban attack rocks upscale Kabul district
KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters staged an attack Thursday evening in an upscale district in the Afghan capital Kabul. Witnesses described multiple explosions and bursts of gunfire in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which contains numerous foreign embassies and compounds housing international ...
By Lynne O’Donnel The Associated Press FULL STORY
Liver transplant recipient marks 25th anniversary
SEVERN, Md. — Alyssa Riggan hasn’t dwelled on being the first person in the U.S. to successfully receive part of a liver from a living donor 25 years ago, a medical procedure that paved the way for routine live-donor transplants. The anniversary falls on Thanksgiving this year. Riggan was 21 mo...
By Brian Witte The Associated Press FULL STORY
Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain
WASHINGTON — Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it’s the perfect excerpt from the young wizard’s many adventures to give their subjects. Reading that section of “Harry ...
By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press FULL STORY
Evangelicals with gay kids challenge church
Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians. When their 12-year-old son Ryan said he was gay, they told him they loved him, but he had to change. He entered “reparative therapy,” met regularly with his pastor and immersed himself in Bible study and his...
By Rachel Zoll The Associated Press FULL STORY
City’s ugly Christmas tree getting single red bulb
READING, Pa. — A much-maligned public Christmas tree in Pennsylvania is getting the Charlie Brown treatment. Officials in Reading say the spindly branches will be decorated with a single red ornamental bulb - just like the scrawny tree in the beloved “Peanuts” holiday tale. Officials say they ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
New breed of French protester: sheep
PARIS — Disgruntled farmers have brought their sheep to the Eiffel Tower to protest wolf attacks, and what they call the government’s anti-farmer environmental policies. The woolly protesters munched grass near the Paris monument while their owners urged tougher measures against wolf attacks. Th...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Brawny bearded brewers bare nearly all for charity
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — If hops make you hot, and you like your men like your beer - stout - these guys have just the thing for you. A group of brawny, bearded brewers from the Sheboygan area has posed mostly nude for a calendar that is raising money for charity. The 2015 Brew Men Calendar features 11 b...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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