Thanksgiving

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Top COVID Official Didn't Quite Take Her Own Advice

Deborah Birx travels with family to Delaware

(Newser) - Deborah Birx tells Americans to "be vigilant" and celebrate only with "your immediate household" over the holidays, but many struggle to take that advice—including Birx herself, the AP reports. Birx, who coordinates the White House coronavirus response, visited a vacation home in Delaware last month with three...

Trump: 'It's Hard to Get Into the Supreme Court'

The president addresses whether he can take his election case to the high court

(Newser) - President Trump struck a somber note Sunday about his attempt to overturn the 2020 election results, CNBC reports. "Well, the problem is, it's hard to get into the Supreme Court," he said on Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures. "I've got the best Supreme Court advocates,...

Cops Got a Call on a 7-Eleven Shooting. Then, More Calls

1 dead, 4 injured on Thanksgiving in apparent 'random' Nev. shootings; suspects nabbed in Ariz.

(Newser) - Thanksgiving got off with a bang in Henderson, Nev., where police say a couple was driving around early Thursday "randomly shooting at citizens with no apparent motive." A 22-year-old man was killed and four other people were wounded at various locations in the area, Henderson police said in...

Macy's Takes Heat Over 'Diverse Dance Group'

Social media posts criticize 'reductive description' of 100-year-old Black sorority

(Newser) - There was a problem with a cheery Macy's tweet introducing an entry in its Thanksgiving Day Parade. "What's that sound, you ask? Why it's the diverse dance group, Zeta Phi Beta Steppers!" the Thursday post said. "Performing a special routine they put together to...

Despite COVID Surge, Wednesday Was Busiest Travel Day This Year

Millions disregarded pleas to stay home

(Newser) - Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. Those who are flying witnessed a distinctly 2020 landscape at the nation’s airports: plexiglass barriers in front...

Alex Trebek Recorded a Thanksgiving Message

Jeopardy! shares clip from one of his final days filming

(Newser) - Jeopardy! has shared a Thanksgiving message from Alex Trebek recorded in one of the last filming sessions for the show before his Nov 8 death . The show tweeted the moving clip hours before Thursday's episode was to air, the New York Daily News reports. "Happy Thanksgiving, ladies and...

A Thanksgiving Prank Rattled NASA in 1991

It involved a Turkish satellite

(Newser) - He missed a key word in the phone call he answered at Mission Control in Houston in the early hours of Thanksgiving 1991. Lead Flight Director Milt Heflin picked up the phone and was given a warning by his flight dynamics officer: Air Force trackers who monitor orbital traffic had...

Mayor Traveled for Holiday as He Told Residents Not To

Denver mayor is in Mississippi to see his wife and daughter

(Newser) - The mayor of Denver, Colorado, was one of many officials urging residents of his city not to travel for Thanksgiving—but it turns out he himself is, yes, you guessed it, traveling for Thanksgiving. "My wife and my daughter have been in Mississippi, where my daughter recently took a...

For US Troops, Thanksgiving Will Be Very Different

Pentagon warns against dining hall gatherings

(Newser) - The Pentagon has shipped over a quarter million pounds of Thanksgiving dinner, including 51,000 pounds of roast turkey, to troops serving overseas—but their holiday dinners will be a very different experience this year. The Defense Department says that to stop the spread of COVID at overseas bases, Thanksgiving...

Biden: We Must 'Steel Our Spines' This Holiday

The president-elect calls on Americans to help curb the coronavirus

(Newser) - In a time of plague and raw division, President-elect Joe Biden appealed for unity Wednesday in a Thanksgiving-eve address to the nation asking Americans to "steel our spines" for a fight against the coronavirus that he predicted would continue for months, the AP reports. But even as he implored...

Trump Pardons His Last Turkey

President discusses vaccine at White House event

(Newser) - President Trump has issued his first pardon since allowing the presidential transition to begin . "Corn, I grant you a full pardon," the president told a large white turkey brought to Washington, DC from Iowa for the traditional White House turkey pardon ceremony Tuesday. Corn had been chosen over...

White House Plans Parties Amid Warnings to Hunker Down

Melania Trump will host 'holiday reception,' with other parties to follow

(Newser) - Health officials have been issuing warnings against traveling and gathering for the holidays in the midst of a coronavirus surge across the US, but 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue doesn't seem fazed by the cautionary advice. Despite the White House's own issues with COVID-19 after an indoor election night party...

More Than 3M Went Through US Airports Over the Weekend

It was the busiest weekend since mid-March

(Newser) - More than 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the US and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings. And the crowds are only expected to grow. Next Sunday is likely to be...

Americans Shrug Off CDC Pleas to Stay Home

Millions of plane tickets were already bought

(Newser) - Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation's top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday, the AP reports. So what are they doing now? In many cases, they're still crowding airports and boarding planes. That's despite...

Rachel Maddow Has a Plea After Partner's Close Call

She wants people to skip Thanksgiving travel because of COVID

(Newser) - Viewers knew Rachel Maddow had contact with someone with COVID-19, hence her two-week quarantine beginning Nov. 6. But until Maddow's return to MSNBC on Thursday, they didn't know just how close that contact was. Broadcasting live from home, Maddow told viewers that "the center of my universe,...

CDC's Thanksgiving Travel Advice Is Pretty Simple

Just don't do it, says health agency in new advisory

(Newser) - The CDC's new advice for Thanksgiving travelers can be summed up in two words: Stay home. The federal health agency "is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period," CDC coronavirus official Dr. Henry Walke said Thursday, per CNBC . He said the agency is alarmed by the "...

Whew: Charlie Brown Specials Returning to TV

'Peanuts' skipped Halloween, will be back for Thanksgiving and Christmas

(Newser) - The Great Pumpkin never showed on broadcast television this year, but after a deal with PBS, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will return to the air, the AP reports. Last month, Apple TV+ became the new home to the beloved Peanuts holiday specials. That sparked an outcry from...

NY Sheriffs: No Need to Hide Your Cars on Thanksgiving

Many publicly state they won't enforce the state's cap on holiday dinner

(Newser) - If you're a New Yorker who is worried that your Thanksgiving head count could get you in trouble, a number of sheriffs are suggesting you be more concerned about getting the lumps out of your gravy. While the state is currently under an executive order issued by Gov. Andrew...

Mississippi Health Official Has a Stark Holiday Warning

Have big Thanksgiving dinners with loved ones, 'and then death,' Dobbs says amid COVID surge

(Newser) - Mississippi's top health official delivered dire news last week about the state's COVID-19 status, noting the "severe surge" that's been stressing its health care system, with very few beds left in ICUs around the state. "Our fall surge is going in very much the wrong...

Zoom Offers Thanksgiving Surprise

Videoconferencing program will scrap its 40-minute time limit for Nov. 26 only so families can chat

(Newser) - With top health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci strongly urging people to forgo holiday gatherings with loved ones during the pandemic, many are opting to settle in for a quiet meal at home with members of their household only, perhaps with plans to hold a Zoom call with relatives far...

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