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New York City Police Counterterrorism Police watch over the parade route during the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2015 in New York City. An extra 1,300 counter-terrorism and crowd-control police officers are deployed to protect the parade. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
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High Security For NY Parade

As millions of Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, security will be tight in New York City with a record number of police officers patrolling the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which three million people are expected to attend

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Russia Plans Sanctions After Turkey Downs Warplane

Russia plans to retaliate against Turkey for the downing of a warplane by imposing sanctions, cutting economic ties and scrapping major investment projects, threatening billions of dollars of trade, as well as further complicating the Syrian conflict

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Protesters to Target Chicago Shopping Area on Black Friday

Small groups of demonstrators gathered in Chicago throughout Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot 16 times by a white police officer, and they urged supporters to join them in trying to shut down the city's famous Michigan Avenue shopping district

Actor Paul Walker walks the runway at the Samuel Cirnansck show during Sao Paulo Fashion Week Summer on March 21, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Paul Walker's Father Sues Porsche

In the court documents, the actor's father – who is the executor of Walker's estate – alleges that the Porsche Carrera GT lacked safety features that could have saved the lives of Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas

Belgian soldiers patrol at the Central Station subway stop in Brussels

Brussels Reduces Terror Threat Level

Belgian authorities reduced the security threat level in Brussels from four (its highest level) to three after spending nearly a week on high alert following deadly terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13

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Rainy, Snowy, Icy Thanksgiving for Much of U.S.

Most of the country will wake up to a messy mix of rain, snow, ice or any combination of them on Thanksgiving morning, forecasters said Wednesday. "We have a little bit of everything with this system," said Domenica Davis, a meteorologist

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U.S. 'Misidentified' Afghanistan Hospital

The crew of a U.S. warplane that attacked a medical charity's hospital in northern Afghanistan last month misidentified the target, believing it to be a government compound taken over by the Taliban. Some involved in the strike have been suspended

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Cries for Justice at Funeral of Slain Minneapolis Man

Hundreds filled a Minneapolis church for the funeral of Jamar Clark—a black man whose death in a confrontation with police has sparked days of ongoing protests, while charges were pending against four men suspected in a shooting that wounded several protesters

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Flour Triggers Anthrax Alert at Brussels Mosque

Envelopes containing white powder were sent to a Brussels mosque but emergency crews who rushed to the scene said the substance was just flour. The Belgian capital has been on lockdown after officials warned extremists may be planning a Paris-style attack


Eagles of Death Metal Want to Play Paris Bataclan Again

The lead singer of the band Eagles of Death Metal says that, despite the deadly attacks that targeted their concert in Paris on Nov. 13, the band "cannot wait" to return to the city to play more shows. "I want to go back there and live," says Jesse Hughes


It's the Hottest Year Ever

The United Nations weather agency's early bird report on 2015 says it is the hottest year on record, surpassing last year's record heat. "We have really broken records almost everywhere," the World Meteorological Organization's secretary-general said

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Frank Gifford's Family Says He Had CTE At Death

The family of Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford says signs of the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy were found in his brain after his death. Dozens of former players have suffered from the degenerative condition