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For some, location of Brown's hands irrelevant
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The word spread within minutes of Michael Brown's death - a young black man with his hands raised in surrender had just been shot by a white cop....

Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- 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 case....

A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Thanksgiving started quietly in Ferguson, following protests Wednesday night that drew the smallest crowd since a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old....

US celebrates Thanksgiving with parades, turkey
NEW YORK (AP) -- Millions of Americans across the country are marking the holiday with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many are overcoming some nasty weather and power outages. At the White House, President Barack Obama is spending a quiet Thanksgiving with a traditional meal....

Millions expected to shop on Thanksgiving
NEW YORK (AP) -- Millions of Americans are expected to head to the stores for holiday gift shopping on Thanksgiving in what's quickly becoming a new holiday tradition....

Against odds, Chicago school aims for championship
CHICAGO (AP) -- Unlike some resource-rich powerhouses that typically vie for Illinois' high school football championships, the Phillips Academy Wildcats must lug their helmets and pads nearly a mile to a South Side Chicago city park to practice. They have no field of their own....

Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all....

Evangelicals with gay children challenging church
Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians....

LAPD: Arrested protesters to be released by dinner
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Demonstrators who can't make bail after being arrested during Los Angeles protests linked to the Ferguson police shooting will be released in time for Thanksgiving dinner, police said Thursday....

Obama's action fuels worry about immigration scams
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- 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....

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