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Thanksgiving Travel Tips

There are going to be some 41 million people in motion before and after Thanksgiving. Here's how to navigate the chaos

A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station, a coal-fired power plant located 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, on Sept. 24, 2013 in New Eagle, Pa.

EPA Eyes Air Pollution Limits

The EPA is on Wednesday poised to announced federal air-pollution regulation that would limit ground-level smog from power plants and factories

Holiday Snow Wreaks Havoc on Thanksgiving Travel Plans

A Nor’easter that will bring rain and snow to the north and the west of the I-95 corridor is threatening the travel plans of 20 million people as they scramble to reach their holiday destinations. Over 200 flights were canceled by noon Wednesday and delays have been reported on major highways

Peter Ferranti

The One Battle Michael Brown’s Family Will Win

Body-worn cameras are poised to become standard for police around the U.S. after the tragedy in Ferguson, Mo. Circumstances surrounding the death of teenager Michael Brown, shot by police officer Darren Wilson, remain muddled due to the lack of visual evidence


Uber Reportedly Valued at $40 Billion

Uber’s PR troubles are not scaring off investors as the on-demand ride service is raising new funding at a valuation of up to $40 billion, according to a new report. Uber last raised money earlier this year, when it secured around $1.2 billion at a $17 billion pre-money valuation

Protesters display a picture of Tamir Rice during a rally at the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 24, 2014.

Cleveland to Release Video of 12-year-old Boy Shot by Officer

Tamir Rice was shot Saturday by an officer after brandishing an airsoft gun, which typically shoots tiny plastic pellets, but it was missing an orange safety indicator. A police department spokeswoman said video and audio evidence would be released Wednesday afternoon

Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, both student leaders, hold back a protester behind a barricade while watching police movement at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong, Nov. 26, 2014.

Hong Kong Police Clear Protest Site

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong, who featured last month on the cover of TIME's international edition, was arrested Wednesday along with several more pro-democracy activists, after police continued their crackdown on the Mong Kok protest site

Remy Cordonnier, librarian in the northern town of Saint-Omer, near Calais carefully shows an example of a valuable Shakespeare "First Folio", a collection of some of his plays, dating from 1623.

Shakespeare Folio Unearthed in France

The book was discovered by librarians at a public library in St.-Omer near Calais, and contains handwritten notes that may illuminate how the plays were formed in Shakespeare's time. It is one of only 233 known surviving first folios by the Bard

Chancellor Angela Merkel in the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Nov. 26, 2014.

Merkel Says Russia’s Actions Are Unjustifiable

The German Chancellor Wednesday suggested she is prepared for a confrontation with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine crisis when she told German lawmakers Russia’s actions interrupt “the peaceful international order and breach international law”

Shoppers In The Union Square Area As Retail Sales Figures Are Released

S.F. Passes First-Ever Retail Worker 'Bill of Rights'

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved new protections for the city’s retail workers aimed at giving staffers more predictable schedules and access to extra hours ahead of their hectic Thanksgiving and Black Friday shifts

Kurt Cobain On 'MTV Unplugged'

HBO Lands Brett Morgen's Kurt Cobain Documentary

Two years after airing Brett Morgen’s Rolling Stones documentary, Crossfire Hurricane, HBO has signed up to air his long-simmering documentary on Kurt Cobain. The film will debut on HBO, and Universal will release the film internationally in 2015