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Balloon handlers hold SpongeBob Square Pants balloon close to the ground as strong winds affect the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
November 28, 2019 - 2:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The beloved balloons flew, but lower than usual, in a windy Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after an anxious weather watch. Wind had threatened to ground the giant inflated characters. But officials announced less than an hour before Thursday’s start time that the balloons could fly...
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A dramatic sky opens up between snow squalls along the Interstate 5 freeway near Gorman, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Plows were running and CHP was escorting traffic in an attempt to keep the freeway open as long as possible. (David Crane/The Orange County Register via AP)
November 27, 2019 - 9:43 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A day after bringing havoc to the Rocky Mountains, a powerful winter storm rolled across the Midwest on Wednesday, threatening to scramble Thanksgiving plans for millions of people during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. The storm, which was blamed for one death and...
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A volunteer shoulders a helium hose as balloons are inflated Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, the day before the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. The parade on Thursday will take place amid strong winds that could potentially ground the giant character balloons. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
November 27, 2019 - 4:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Smokey Bear might feel like he’s battling Santa Ana winds — if he even gets a chance to fly. New York City’s big Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place Thursday amid strong winds that could potentially ground the giant character balloons, which have caused mishaps and...
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An anti-government demonstrator, her face painted with the colors of the Colombian national flag, takes part in a protest, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Thousands of people have protested in Colombia over the past week, voicing discontent with the government of President Ivan Duque. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
November 27, 2019 - 3:08 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians unhappy with President Iván Duque’s response to nearly a week of boisterous protests over everything from job losses to shark hunting took to the streets again Wednesday in a continuing tide of unrest. The daily protests jolting the South American country proclaim...
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This image released by NBC shows David Frei, left, and host John O'Hurley posing with a havanese dog at The National Dog Show in Philadelphia. The annual parade of pooches has become one of the highest-rated shows of Thanksgiving. (Bill McCay/NBC via AP)
November 26, 2019 - 3:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Television traditions on Thanksgiving have usually involved the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and then hours of football, but in recent years, another has emerged: The National Dog Show. Hosted by actor John O’Hurley, the annual parade of pooches has become one of the most popular...
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November 26, 2019 - 8:52 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Each Thanksgiving, families and friends across America face off in backyards or public parks in pre-meal football games they dub “Turkey Bowl.” Now, there’s a way to determine which side is favored to win — a way you can bet on. Bookmaker William Hill US has come up with...
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Police officers work behind a caution tape at the Schinkelwache building in Dresden Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Authorities in Germany say thieves have carried out a brazen heist at Dresden’s Green Vault, one of the world’s oldest museum containing priceless treasures from around the world. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)
November 25, 2019 - 12:14 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Thieves broke into Dresden’s Green Vault, one of the world’s oldest museums, early Monday morning, making off with three “priceless” sets of 18th century jewelry that German officials said would be impossible to sell on the open market. The treasury of Augustus the Strong of Saxony...
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November 25, 2019 - 10:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t revive a lawsuit against a firearms website over a suburban Milwaukee spa shooting. The justices rejected an appeal Monday from the daughter of one of three people shot to death by a man who illegally bought a semi-automatic pistol and ammunition from...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, traffic passes a building that was set ablaze during recent protests over government-set gasoline prices rises, in Tehran, Iran. As Iran restores the internet after a weeklong government-imposed shutdown, new videos purport to show the demonstrations over gasoline prices rising and the security-force crackdown that followed. The videos offer only fragments of encounters, but they fill in the larger void left by Iran’s state-controlled television and radio channels. On their airwaves, hard-line officials allege foreign conspiracies and exile groups instigated the unrest that began Nov. 15. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
November 24, 2019 - 12:22 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Machine gun fire answers rock-throwing protesters. Motorcycle-riding Revolutionary Guard volunteers chase after demonstrators. Plainclothes security forces grab, beat and drag a man off the street to an uncertain fate. As Iran restores the internet after a...
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In this Sept 25, 2019 handout photo provided by the Fort Worth Zoo, Olaf is held by primary Puerto Rican crested toad zoo keeper Kelsey Barron, at the Fort Worth Zoo, in Fort Worth, Texas. Officials told The Associated Press Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, that Olaf, a critically endangered Puerto Rican toad, is one of more than 300 toads born via in vitro fertilization as U.S. scientists attempt to save it from extinction. (Fort Worth Zoo photo via AP)
November 22, 2019 - 7:49 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A critically endangered Puerto Rican toad was for the first time born via in vitro fertilization as U.S. scientists attempt to save it from extinction, officials announced Friday. Olaf - named in honor of the frozen semen he came from — is the first of more than 300...
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