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Floats For The Annual Macy's Day Parade Are Prepared In Central Park
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Thanksgiving Lockdown

In a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots, police are going all-out to secure the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Authorities say there is no confirmed threat, but the parade comes after a truck attack near the World Trade Center that killed eight people


8 Rescued After U.S. Navy Aircraft Crash

The U.S. Navy says an aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean while on the way to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. The Japan-based 7th Fleet says a search and rescue operation was launched from the carrier


Larry Nassar Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault

A sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working 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. Dr. Larry Nassar was charged with molesting seven girls

Zimbabwe's former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is due to be sworn in to replace Robert Mugabe as President, addresses supporters in Harare

Zimbabwe's New President Makes Triumphant Return

"Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new, unfolding democracy," said Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former confidante of ousted leader Robert Mugabe. He made a triumphant return to the country after 93-year-old Mugabe resigned under widespread pressure

Joe Barton

Rep. Joe Barton Apologizes After Nude Photo Surfaces

Rep. Joe Barton has apologized after an anonymous user posted a nude photo of him on social media earlier this week. "While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women," Barton said

March Supporting Sexual Assault Victims Held In Los Angeles

U.N. Welcomes Flood of High-Profile Sex Abuse Cases

The U.N. women's agency hopes to capitalize on the outpouring of allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in Hollywood, the U.S. Congress, and boardrooms to put the issue on front pages and TV screens around the world

Verdict Announced In Ratko Mladic War Crimes Trial

Ratko Mladic Sentenced for Bosnian War Crimes

The United Nations' Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity, and sentenced him to life in prison for atrocities during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war


U.S. Says Violence Against Rohingya Is Ethnic Cleansing

The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be "ethnic cleansing" on Wednesday, threatening penalties for military officials engaged in a brutal crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh

Jon Hendricks At Lincoln Center

Legendary Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks Dead at 96

Jon Hendricks, a jazz singer best known for his work with 1950s vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, has died at 96. Once called the “James Joyce of jive,” Hendricks was best known for an improvisation technique known as vocalese

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Over Japan

North Korean's Dramatic Defection Caught on Video

A new video shows a North Korean soldier making a dash to freedom, being shot at as he crossed the border. North Korea's actions during the defector's escape violated the armistice agreement ending the Korean War, the U.S.-led U.N. command said.

Shanghai financial district during foggy night , China , Asia

Worsening Light Pollution Has Health Costs

New research of satellite imagery reveals the nighttime face of the planet is getting brighter and brighter, and that may be doing significant harm to the health of human beings, animals and the ecosystem as a whole