Thanksgiving

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Dad Shoots Son in Thanksgiving Brawl Over NFL Protests

North Carolina father charged with felony

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina say a man shot and wounded his son on Thanksgiving after a heated fight about NFL athletes kneeling during the national anthem, the AP reports. Cary police say 21-year-old Esteban Marley Valencia and his brother argued during dinner about the athletes' protest of racial injustice. Father... More »

Fans Wowed That Kelly Clarkson Didn't Lip-Sync

Singer brought her own band, with horn section, to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

(Newser) - John Legend headed onto Twitter to defend the majority of artists—including himself—who've lip-synced their way through performances in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, per PopSugar . It's technical, he wrote , explaining that the floats performers ride on "don't have the capacity to handle the... More »

Trump Complains, Boasts to US Troops

President discusses border issues, trade on Thanksgiving Day call

(Newser) - President Trump used a Thanksgiving Day call to troops deployed overseas to pat himself on the back and air grievances about the courts, trade, and migrants heading to the US-Mexico border, reports the AP . Trump's call, made Thursday from his Mar-a-Lago club, struck an unusually political tone as he... More »

Couple Is $1.3M Richer After Pre-Thanksgiving Cleanup

They found a lottery ticket 2 weeks away from expiring

(Newser) - A Louisiana couple found something to be very thankful about while cleaning their house to prepare for Thanksgiving guests. Harold and Tina Ehrenberg discovered some forgotten lottery tickets on their nightstand, including a winning Louisiana Lotto ticket worth $1.8 million, NPR reports. "We kept checking the numbers again... More »

Cold, Wind Didn't Stop Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

'Ohhh, I'm freezing and numb, but excited'

(Newser) - Frigid temperatures and blustery winds were no match for holiday cheer as giant character balloons took to the skies, and performers on floats and marching bands made their way through New York City's streets on Thursday for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. SpongeBob, Charlie Brown, the Grinch and other... More »

Sarah Michelle Gellar's Sexy Thanksgiving Post Flops

Instagram users accuse her of fat shaming

(Newser) - Instagram users are decidedly not taken with Sarah Michelle Gellar's Thanksgiving preparations. The former star of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer issued an apology after sharing photos of herself from a 2007 Maxim lingerie shoot. "I'm just going to pin these up all over my house as a... More »

Obama Surprises Chicago Food Bank

Ex-president helped bag potatoes

(Newser) - Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to a Chicago food bank before Thanksgiving—and stuck around to help volunteers bag potatoes. "Hey, how's it going?" the former president said, per the Chicago Sun-Times . "This is a spiffy-looking spot, right here." Children ran up for hugs in... More »

In California, an Example of 'What Thanksgiving's About'

Businesses, volunteers teaming up to provide meal to those displaced by Camp Fire

(Newser) - The Camp Fire in northern California has killed at least 83 people, with the number rising daily, and has displaced tens of thousands of others. Hundreds are unaccounted for. It won't be a normal Thanksgiving for any of those families, but businesses and hundreds of volunteers have stepped up... More »

This Might Be Coldest Thanksgiving in a Century

Macy's parade in NYC will be especially frigid

(Newser) - It's a double dose of bad news for anyone planning to take in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade in person: First, it could be the coldest Thanksgiving in a century, and, second, it's possible that winds will ground the balloons, reports the Daily News . Like other cities throughout... More »

There Are Going to Be a Lot of People Traveling for Thanksgiving

54 million is the estimate

(Newser) - Good luck if you're planning to travel for Thanksgiving. According to AAA, a record number of people will be doing so this year. Specifically, more than 54 million people, or the highest number since a record was set in 2005, per Newsday . That number includes Americans traveling more than... More »

Dying Toddler Gets a 'Thanksgiving Miracle'

AJ Burgess underwent lifesaving kidney transplant Wednesday

(Newser) - "This is an unexpected Thanksgiving miracle." That's the message from a lawyer representing a 2-year-old Georgia boy, who was temporarily blocked from receiving a lifesaving kidney, after the toddler underwent a successful transplant Wednesday, reports CNN . AJ Burgess was born without functioning kidneys. However, his father, Anthony... More »

Trump's Thanksgiving Tweet: US 'Starting to Do Really Well'

President also had message for Coast Guard, troops around the world

(Newser) - President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump kicked off their Thanksgiving celebration by visiting a Coast Guard station in Riviera Beach, Fla., on Thursday, the AP reports. Trump praised the Coast Guard for its work in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and said, "There's no... More »

For Some Americans, Today Is 'Day of Mourning'

"No thanks, no giving"

(Newser) - Members of Native American tribes from around New England are gathering in the town where the Pilgrims settled for a solemn National Day of Mourning observance. Thursday's noon gathering in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts, will recall the disease, racism, and oppression that European settlers brought. It's the 48th year... More »

Trump's Holiday Message: America Is So Much Better

'HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your Country is starting to do really well'

(Newser) - President Trump offered the nation a Happy Thanksgiving on Twitter Thursday morning, Or, as the AP put it, "presents his report card [and] passes with flying colors." USA Today's take: "It's time to be very grateful. To him." The tweet : "HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your... More »

14 Unusual Dogs Will Help Protect the Macy's Parade

Security measures include radiation detectors

(Newser) - New faces and old favorites will fly, float, and march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as police go all-out to secure it in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots. One of the nation's biggest outdoor holiday events, the parade makes its way through 2.... More »

Trump Pardons Turkeys, Gets in Obama Dig

President spared Wishbone, Drumstick, but not before poking fun at his predecessor

(Newser) - President Trump wielded his pardon power Tuesday to spare a pair of turkeys from the Thanksgiving roaster, joking that he would also let last year's turkey pardons stand despite his penchant for overturning Obama-era orders. In a brief White House ceremony, Trump extended the annual presidential tradition of pardoning... More »

Black Friday Sales to Watch Out For

Including $99 laptops and a $190 PS4

(Newser) - Retailers including Sears, Kmart, and Target are kicking off holiday sales early this year as a report finds more shoppers plan to spread out their purchases, reports USA Today . Then there are those hoping to draw the Black Friday crowds. Though Nov. 24 is still weeks away, these retailers are... More »

Target Shaking Up Black Friday Shopping

No more 24-hour Black Friday shopping

(Newser) - Target is offering shoppers a breather after holiday shopping on Thanksgiving, the AP reports. The Minneapolis-based discounter says it will open at 6pm on Thanksgiving and then close at midnight local time. Its stores will then reopen at 6am local time on Friday until 10pm, 11pm, or midnight local time.... More »

Florida Boy Calls 911 to Invite Deputies to Thanksgiving

And one showed up

(Newser) - While his mother was preparing food in the kitchen, a 5-year-old Florida boy called 911 to invite law enforcement officers over for Thanksgiving dinner, the AP reports. Monica Webster of the Walton County Sheriff's Office tells the News Herald that with all the bad calls they receive every day,... More »

Aretha Franklin Stretches the National Anthem to 4.5 Minutes

It was a 'church spiritual'

(Newser) - Americans were reminded of one more thing to be thankful for on Thursday: Aretha Franklin. In what caused a "Twitter meltdown," per CBS Sports , Franklin sang the national anthem ahead of the Detroit Lions' game against the Minnesota Vikings and stretched the song into an incredible "4-minute,... More »

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