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200,000+ Without Power

As most of the U.S. prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, spare a thought for more than 200,000 American families who were facing the holiday without electricity after heavy snow felled power lines from West Virginia to Vermont early Thursday

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Is Turkey Actually Good for You?

Do the nutritional perks of turkey deserve to be at the center of your Thanksgiving feast? Our weekly poll of five experts answer the questions that gnaw at you

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Bill Cosby Made 2005 Deal to Hush Sex Allegations

Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he gave an exclusive interview to the National Enquirer in exchange for the paper's promise to drop an interview with model Beth Ferrier, who accused him of sexually assaulting her

Members of the burial team carry a body to his grave at King Tom Cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Nov. 19, 2014.

Ebola Cases in Sierra Leone Will ‘Soon Eclipse’ Liberia

Sierra Leone will "soon" dethrone Liberia as the hardest-hit country in West Africa's Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization cautioned Wednesday. Nearly one-fifth of its total cases were reported in a three-week period that ended Sunday

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U.S. Smoking Rate Hits Historic Low

The percentage of smokers over the age of 18 dropped from 20.9% in 2005 to 17.8% in 2013, according to a new CDC report, the lowest rate since the federal agency began its tracking in 1965

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Scotland To Be Handed 'Biggest Transfer of Powers'

The Smith Commission, set up after Scotland's independence referendum, has urged for Scotland to have responsibility for an estimated £14 billion of income tax and welfare benefits, the biggest transfer of power in the country's history

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Avatar Sequels Will Be 'Bitchin' Cameron Says

James Cameron has divided Avatar sequel scripts to a team that includes Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silva, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno. “I can tell you one thing,” Cameron told Empire magazine, “they’re gonna be bitchin'"

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, California

European Parliament Calls for Possible Google Breakup

The European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution Thursday calling for a possible division of Google’s product offerings, suggesting that the company uncouple its search engine from its other commercial services

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Cricket Star Phillip Hughes Dies

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died at Sydney’s St. Vincent's Hospital. The 25-year-old was hospitalized in critical condition after he was hit on the head by a ball while batting during an important domestic tournament on Tuesday

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Amazon Slashes Kindle Prices for Black Friday

Amazon's $79 Kindle e-reader will be on sale for $49, and the company's Kindle Fire tablets are also dramatically cheaper, with the Fire HD 6 going for a mere $79 (vs. its usual $99 price tag) and the Fire HD 7 on sale for $109 (vs. $139)