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Macy's Thanksgiving parade revels on amid tight security
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade featured balloons, bands, stars and heavy security in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots....

Texans displaced by Harvey readjust plans for holiday feast
HOUSTON (AP) -- The kitchen where George and Arva Dorsey prepare an 18-dish feast every Thanksgiving has been stripped of everything but its granite countertops, standing on their own with no appliances below. The house they renovated and expanded over three decades has been gutted down to its wooden beams....

Smooth sailing so far on $7.5M makeover of Pilgrim ship
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- If you're a fan of the Mayflower II, here's something that will float your boat....

In terror-wary NYC, security tight for Thanksgiving parade
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sand-filled sanitation trucks and police sharpshooters will mix with glittering floats and giant balloons at a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that comes in a year of terrible mass shootings and not even a month after a deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan....

Wolves' return to Oregon brings conflict and opportunity
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Wolves were once so plentiful in the abundant forests that would become Oregon that the earliest settlers gathered from far and wide to discuss how to kill them....

Shoppers mobilize on Thanksgiving, as retailers branch out
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving as retailers under pressure look for ways to poach shoppers from their rivals....

South Dakota lawmaker, brother-in-law drown in Cook Islands
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- A South Dakota state representative and his brother-in-law drowned in an apparent kayaking accident in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific, where they were attending a wedding for the lawmaker's daughter, officials said Thursday....

Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A former sports doctor accused of molesting at least 125 girls and young women while he worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison....

APNewsBreak: Ferguson leaders wonder if monitor worth cost
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Ferguson, Missouri, has paid nearly a half-million dollars to the monitor team overseeing its police and court reforms, but city leaders question what they've gotten for their money, especially after the departure of the original lead monitor....

George Avakian, jazz producer and scholar, dies at 98
NEW YORK (AP) -- George Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died at age 98....

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