President Barack Obama said Wednesday there is no specific intelligence indicating a terror "plot on the homeland" and tried to reassure Americans to go ahead with their Thanksgiving plans.
"I want the American people to know that we are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe," Obama said in a statement after meeting with his national security advisers on the eve of Thanksgiving.
Obama said the U.S. is stepping up pressure on ISIS and doing everything to prevent Paris-style attacks at home and abroad.
"Since 9/11, we've taken extraordinary measures to improve our homeland security," he added. "And that's something we should all be thankful for."
The president said "in the event of a specific, credible threat, the public will be informed."
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NFL legend Frank Gifford, who died in August, had brain damage that's been associated with playing football and other high-impact sports, his family said Wednesday.
Gifford's family said he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which brain researchers have linked to repeated concussions.
"We decided to disclose our loved one’s condition to honor Frank’s legacy of promoting player safety dating back to his involvement in the formation of the NFL Players Association in the 1950s," his family said in a statement.
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Christian Gooden's 20 years in photojournalism still didn't prepare him for what he saw near his hometown of St. Louis one year ago this week.
On Nov. 24, 2014, a St. Louis County grand jury announced that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The suburban city of Ferguson erupted, and the massive protests began to resemble a warzone. Police officers in combat gear "were no joke," Gooden remembers.
Police and demonstrators clashed, with the police firing tear gas at the crowds. Gooden, a 45-year-old married father of two, says that two residents threatened his life in five minutes.
"I had run behind this commercial building trying to get away from the tear gas fumes, but I got pushed back into the private backyards of some nearby homes," he recalled, adding that two homeowners "pulled pistols on me" and told him to get out of their yards.
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Millions of Americans will travel to visit family and friends and stuff themselves with turkey and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. But how much do you know about the holiday’s origins and why we celebrate? Test your knowledge of the history behind Turkey Day with this quiz.
A Florida man who killed his wife and posted a photo of the bloody corpse on Facebook was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder after failing to convince a jury that he shot her eight times in self-defense.
The jury verdict came in the third week of Derek Medina's trial in the August 2013 killing of 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso at their South Miami home. Medina told police in a videotaped statement he shot his wife during an altercation in which she threatened him with a knife.
Medina, who did not testify in his own defense, admitted in the police statement taking a cellphone photo of his dead wife's body and uploading it on Facebook.
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The U.S. commander in Afghanistan says some of those most closely involved in the mistaken air attack on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz have been suspended from their duties, NBC News reported.
Gen. John Campbell, speaking during a news conference in the Afghan capital, did not provide the names or specify how many people have been temporarily removed from their jobs, only stating that those individuals will be subject to investigation under the military justice or administrative discipline systems.
"The bombing of the hospital is a direct result of avoidable human error compounded by electronic malfunctions," Gen. Campbell said.
Investigators found no evidence that the crew or the U.S. Special Forces commander on the ground who authorized the strike knew the targeted compound was a hospital at the time of the attack and were not "properly briefed" before their mission.
The attack on Oct. 3 on the medical charity's hospital killed at least 31 civilians and injured 28 others.
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A north San Diego woman is on a mission to honor the legacy of a man she barely knows - all because he did something nice for her. Matthew Jackson offered to pay for Jamie-Lynne Knighten groceries, which came out to more than $200 but couldn't pay for because of a hold on her credit card. Days later, she called the gym where he worked to say what an amazing person she had on staff. "That's when [the manager] started crying," Knighten said.
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A student. An art critic. An architect. An engineer. The 130 people killed in Paris during the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks came from all walks of life and represented "youth in all its diversity," according to French President Francois Hollande. Here are their portraits. More names and photos will be added as information is confirmed and available.
Hundreds of people filled a Minneapolis church on Wednesday for the funeral of a black man whose death in a confrontation with police has sparked days of ongoing protests, while charges were pending against four men suspected in a shooting that wounded several of the protesters.
Impassioned speeches from pastors and Jamar Clark's relatives were occasionally interrupted by shouts and applause inside the cavernous Shiloh Temple International Ministries. Several relatives wore white T-shirts that read, "I matter," with Clark's picture on the back.
Programs also adorned with a photo of Clark described the 24-year-old as a man who "liked to swim, fish, listen to music, play basketball, be with family and take trips to Charlotte, North Carolina."
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With his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, standing next to him, President Obama pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the annual White House ceremony in the Rose Garden on Wednesday.
“Abe is now a free bird. He is TOTUS—the Turkey of the United States," Obama declared.
When Obama approached Abe, the turkey gobbled loudly.
"Don't interrupt," Obama said.
Two brothers accused of beating and urinating on a homeless immigrant in Boston, one of whom said they were inspired in part by Donald Trump's comments about immigrants, faced a judge Wednesday.
Scott Leader and his brother Steven Leader were arraigned after being indicted on Nov. 5. Scott Leader is being held on $75,000 bail, and Steven Leader is being held on 50,000.
The men allegedly kicked, punched and urinated on the victim, a 58-year-old Mexican immigrant who was sleeping near the JFK/UMass MBTA station, around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 19. One of the brothers allegedly hit the victim repeatedly with a metal pole.
The lawyers for a New Hampshire prep school grad convicted of sexually assaulting his classmate have filed an appeal, court documents show.
Twenty-year-old Owen Labrie was convicted in August of a misdemeanor sexual assault and a felony count of using a computer to lure a minor for a 2014 incident with a girl at St. Paul's School in Concord.
He registered on the state's sex offender registery on Tuesday. His felony conviction will require him to register for life as a sex offender.
Early next year, Delta Air Lines will stop allowing flyers to check their pets as their luggage, a policy some other airlines have already adopted.
After March 1, some small dogs, cats and other pets can fly in the aircraft cabin for a fee, but larger dogs and other pets must be shipped in a plane’s cargo hold through Delta Cargo for flights within the United States.
Delta joins other airlines that do not accept pets as checked baggage, including JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines.
A website about traveling with pets, Bring Fido, details the policies of a number of airlines.
The Humane Society of the United States recommends bringing your pet with you in the cabin if air travel is necessary.