After a turkey called Peas won an online vote for the official presidential pardon for Thanksgiving, President Donald Trump joked that Democrats could contest the action.
The Department of Homeland Security is gathering intelligence from paid undercover informants inside the migrant caravan that is now reaching the California-Mexico border as well as monitoring the text messages of migrants, according to two DHS officials.
The 4,000 migrants, mainly from Honduras, have used WhatsApp text message groups as a way to organize and communicate along their journey to the California border, and DHS personnel have joined those groups to gather that information, NBC News reported.
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President Donald Trump pardoned a turkey at the White House Tuesday, but not without joking about partisan politics in Washington and around the country.
A turkey called Peas won the right to be named the official National Thanksgiving Turkey, beating out another 40-pound South Dakota turkey called Carrots. (In the end, both get the coveted presidential pardon and avoid ending up as Thanksgiving dinner at the White House.)
The public was allowed to select this year's turkey through an online vote. Trump said it was "a fair election" but, "unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount."
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Authorities are using a powerful tool in their effort to identify the scores of people killed by the wildfire that ripped through Northern California: rapid DNA testing that produces results in just two hours.
The system can analyze DNA from bone fragments or other remains, then match it to genetic material provided by relatives of the missing. But the technology depends on people coming forward to give a DNA sample via a cheek swab, and so far, there are not nearly as many volunteers as authorities had hoped for.
t’s been two years since Massachusetts residents voted "yes" to recreational marijuana and now, they're able to buy it.
With sales officially starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, the two legal pot shops so far, Leicester-based Cultivate and Northampton-based New England Treatment Access, are expecting long lines as they become the first two recreational marijuana dispensaries to open in the eastern U.S.
An actress who says she had a relationship with Michael Avenatti alleges he dragged her by the arm across the floor of his Los Angeles apartment after an argument.
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Authorities say a woman killed inside a religious supply store in suburban St. Louis was a customer.
Police on Tuesday identified the victim as 53-year-old Jamie Schmidt of House Springs.
An armed man entered the Catholic Supply of St. Louis store near the town of Ballwin Monday afternoon. Police say the man committed a sexual assault before shooting the victim in the head. Authorities declined to say if more than one woman was assaulted.
Inside an abandoned building on Chicago’s West Side, on a Wednesday night in October, Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier became this year’s 22 known transgender murder victim in the United States.
Frazier also was the second black transgender woman to be killed in Chicago within a five-week period, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a LGBTQ advocacy group.
That night, Oct. 3, she stepped off a friend’s porch and approached a white car that had driven onto Adams Street in West Garfield Park, the Chicago Tribune reported. The driver was allegedly a regular client of the 31-year-old Frazier, who neighbors said was a sex worker.
Neighbors would find Frazier around 9:30 p.m. in the building’s backyard suffering from multiple stab wounds. A half an hour later, she was dead.
Her life is among those being memorialized on Tuesday, Transgender Day of Remembrance. LGBTQ-rights activists expect this year to be just as deadly, if not more, as 2017 was for transgender individuals, when at least 29 were murdered, according to the Human Rights Campaign. As of last year's day of remembrance there have been a total of 23 murders, with 22 occurring so far in 2018.
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A 13-year-old Long Island boy battling a rare and deadly form of leukemia stood with his parents in family court Monday, sharing another disappointment as a New York judge rejected the family's emergency petition to halt his daily chemotherapy treatments.
"I don't need chemo because I don't have any more cancer in my body," Nicholas Gundersen told reporters Monday. "It's difficult because every time I get it, I always feel sick. And I don't want to feel sick if I don't have to feel sick."
The teen's cancer is said to be in remission, but his doctors at NYU Winthrop Hospital insist the boy needs 40 more months of chemotherapy.
Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year, The Washington Post reported Monday.
The emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet members and Ivanka Trump's assistants, many in violation of public records rules, the paper said. President Donald Trump mercilessly criticized his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state, labeling her "Crooked Hillary" and saying she belonged in jail.
A Chicago police officer, a doctor and a pharmaceutical assistant have died after being shot Monday afternoon by a gunman at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago's South Side, officials said. The gunman also was killed, police said, though it's not clear if it was self-inflicted or by police gunfire.
"It's with profound sadness that we share the death of PO Samuel Jimenez from tonight's senseless active shooter incident," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted. "Please pray for his family, his fellow officers & the entire #ChicagoPolice Department."
Jimenez, from the 2nd District, joined the force in February 2017 and had just finished his probationary period as an officer, police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a Monday night press conference. He and his partner were assigned to another location when they responded to officers needing assistance.
Brad Weldon lost his home to fire when he was a kid, so when a deadly wildland blaze came roaring toward his ranch house in the pines where he lives with his 89-year-old blind mother, he wasn't going to let disaster strike twice.
Weldon and his mother's caregiver, armed only with a garden hose and buckets, successfully fought the flames for 24 hours. At times, they had to lie down in the dirt to "avoid burning up" as 60 mph winds drove flames through the forest.
Having saved his home in Paradise, Weldon's not leaving what he now calls the "hell zone."
"If they take me out of here, it will be at gunpoint," Weldon said.
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Two private equity owners of the iconic Toys R Us toy chain will be handing over a $20 million hardship fund to the thousands of former workers left jobless and without severance after the chain liquidated in June.
The move by KKR and Bain Capital announced Tuesday is aimed at helping the 30,000 workers affected by the store closures and comes following efforts by worker-backed groups. The fund wasn't legally required and the groups call the move "unprecedented" to help families caught in the crossfires of a slew of retail store closures and bankruptcies in a fast-changing retail industry.
Workers are pushing to get an additional $55 million they believe they're owed and are looking to other firms that had a stake in Toys R Us and that they believed played a role in the chain's demise.
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Some members of the Saudi royal family are pushing to prevent the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, from becoming king, three sources close to the royal court told Reuters.
The dozens of royals who want to see a change in the line of succession recognize that King Salman, 82, is unlikely to turn against his favorite son. But amid international uproar over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, they are discussing the possibility of Salman's younger brother, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, taking the throne after Salman's death.
Prince Ahmed would have the support of members of the family, security forces and some Western powers, one source said.
Prince Ahmed could not be reached for comment, and officials in Riyadh did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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Bidding has begun for the 22 regional sports TV networks Disney acquired from 21st Century Fox.
Amazon is bidding for all of the networks, including the YES Network, sources familiar said. Blackstone, a unknown sovereign wealth fund, along with the Yankees, are also bidding for the New York network.