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Ferguson residents clean up, hope for calm night
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Ferguson business owners and residents spent Wednesday boarding up windows and clearing debris after two nights of unrest over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case, even as protesters continued to hold scattered demonstrations in the area.... 11/26/2014 9:52 PM

Snow makes Thanksgiving travel `a little hairy'
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor.... 11/26/2014 9:40 PM

Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.... 11/26/2014 9:35 PM

Turkey's great escape foils my Thanksgiving plans
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Two Sundays before Thanksgiving, my farming partner and I brought a live turkey in a burlap sack to our urban farm on the outskirts of Portland. The lanky brown-feathered bird quietly took her place in our chicken coop.... 11/26/2014 8:44 PM

Prosecutor faces new criticism over Ferguson case
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- He criticized the media. He talked about witness testimony that didn't match physical evidence. And he did it at night, as a city already on edge waited to learn if a grand jury would indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old.... 11/26/2014 2:09 PM

US adult smoking rate dips just under 18 percent
NEW YORK (AP) -- A government report says the smoking rate for U.S. adults dipped below 18 percent for the first time last year.... 11/26/2014 9:16 PM

Ferguson protesters storm St. Louis City Hall
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Authorities have arrested three people at a protest over the Ferguson grand jury decision and other police shootings in which several demonstrators stormed City Hall in St. Louis.... 11/26/2014 9:30 PM

Thanksgiving Eve: Very busy, but not busiest
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is often called the nation's busiest travel day of the year, and it surely feels that way sometimes. But it's probably not entirely true.... 11/26/2014 9:45 PM

Reading Harry Potter gives clues to brain activity
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reading about Harry Potter's adventures learning to fly his broomstick activates some of the same regions in the brain we use to perceive real people's actions and intentions.... 11/26/2014 9:42 PM

Holiday travelers greeted by cheap gas, storms
Some holiday travelers are giving thanks for the cheapest gas prices in years. But that's cold comfort to those beating a path through stormy weather, including a nor'easter affecting a wide swath of the East Coast.... 11/26/2014 9:11 PM