Thanksgiving

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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 »

Obama Marks Final Thanksgiving in White House

'We are still one people, part of something bigger than ourselves'

(Newser) - President Obama and his family are spending Thanksgiving with friends, family, turkey, and touchdowns, as he puts it, and reflecting "on what truly binds us as Americans." He says the country has just emerged from "a noisy, passionate and sometimes divisive campaign season." But he says... More »

Macy's Parade Goes Off Without a Hitch

Security was tight amid fears of ISIS attack

(Newser) - The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, led by a giant inflatable Charlie Brown balloon, stepped off Thursday amid heavy crowds and a strong police presence. Costumed characters mingled with revelers and crowds cheered as clowns on bicycles rode by carrying bundles of balloons. Security measures this year included sanitation... More »

What It Costs to Protect the Trumps on Thanksgiving

An unnamed official tells NBC News it's $7M

(Newser) - Donald Trump arrived in Florida Tuesday, and will spend the Thanksgiving holiday at Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, reports WUSA9 . NBC News takes a look at what it's taking to protect the president-elect and his 17-member family (that's Melania, Barron, 4 adult children, 3 spouses, and 8 grandchildren)... More »

Thanksgiving Meal on Its Way for 2,000 Pipeline Protesters

Meanwhile, North Dakota wants to borrow another $7M for law enforcement

(Newser) - About 75 people from around the country are planning to serve Thanksgiving dinner to about 2,000 protesters who are demonstrating against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota, the AP reports. The group is to include actress-activists Jane Fonda and Shailene Woodley. The meal is set for late... More »

What Life in a Turkey Plant Is Like Before Thanksgiving

Not very pleasant, per Slate exposé

(Newser) - No one's more thankful for Thanksgiving than the workers who toil away in turkey plants in the days before, where it can be weeks before time off is earned, bathroom breaks are frowned upon, and employees' "deboning" quota can surpass 11,000 turkeys per shift, per an exposé... More »

5 Tips to Avoid Poisoning Your Thanksgiving Guests

Unless, of course, you want to poison them, in which case, wash that turkey bird

(Newser) - It's almost Thanksgiving, that special time of year in which Americans join hands around a dead stuffed bird, imbibe copious amounts of alcohol, argue politics, field invasive questions from boundaryless relatives, and give thanks that the holiday is annual rather than quarterly. Or maybe that's just our house.... More »

Grandma With Wrong Number Makes Thanksgiving Miracle

Hope she's making extra food this year

(Newser) - Want to have a great Thanksgiving? Find a grandma—any grandma will do, apparently. Mashable reports that 17-year-old Phoenix resident Jamal Hinton got a text from an unknown number inviting him to Thanksgiving dinner. Jamal's friend Ronald shared the ensuing conversation on Twitter . The texter identified herself as "... More »

Toys R Us Doubles Down With Turkey Day Hours

Retailer announces 30-hour shopping marathon starting at 5pm

(Newser) - Black Friday has in recent years received a black mark as retailers took criticism for slowly pushing back the mega-shopping event until it actually started on Thanksgiving Day. Some retailers and shopping venues have given in to the backlash: Various malls (such as the Mall of America) and chain stores... More »

Neiman Marcus Hawking a Poor Man's Staple—for $66

Or you can buy Thanksgiving dinner for the low, low price of $495, plus shipping

(Newser) - Not yet mastered the art of cooking a Thanksgiving turkey? Neiman Marcus can help you out—for a price. As part of its Christmas Book of fantasy gifts, the department store chain is offering a " Holiday Turkey Dinner " for $495 plus shipping, complete with a 12-pound roast turkey,... More »

Turkey Emergency? Butterball Adds Texting Help Line

So you can get help without having to actually speak to anyone

(Newser) - Every year since 1981, Butterball opens a help line in the days before Thanksgiving so struggling cooks can call in with questions about how to avoid ruining their turkey. This year, for the first time, the company has added a texting option, Business Insider reports. If you have turkey questions... More »

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