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  • People enter to JCpenny store on the Newport Mall on November 27, 2014 in Jersey City , New Jersey. (Getty Images)

    Black Friday madness begins as shoppers hit stores for early deals

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are heading to the stores for gift shopping on Thanksgiving in what’s quickly becoming a new holiday tradition. Just a few years ago when some stores started opening late on the holiday, the move was met with resistance from workers and shoppers who believed the day should be sacred. Last year, more than dozen major retailers opened at some point on Thanksgiving evening. And this year, at least half of them are opening earlier in […]

  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27:  The Pillsbury Doughboy balloon floats on Sixth Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. The annual tradition marks the start of the holiday season.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    [PHOTOS] Thousands gather to attend annual Thanksgiving parade

    NEW YORK (PIX11/AP)– Thousands poured into Manhattan Thursday morning to watch the giant, iconic floats of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Thursday’s spectacle featured six new giant balloons, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Paddington bear and the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.   The weather cooperated for the most part, with drizzle and 37-degree temperatures.  Winds were light, and the light snow that did fall came at the end of the parade. Heading the parade was the Pride of the Mountains […]

  • Balloons WILL fly for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    National Guard boosting NYC holiday security

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York National Guard says hundreds of the state’s citizen soldiers are helping provide security during the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel period. Officials at the National Guard’s state headquarters outside Albany say more than 500 members of the military organization’s standing security force in New York City are joining the NYPD, the Port Authority and other law enforcement agencies in security efforts at train stations and airports in the metro area. The Guardsmen are members […]

  • Sloppy weather slows Thanksgiving travelers

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — More than 550 flights have been canceled nationwide so far today — the bulk of them in the Northeast, where rain and snow is hampering pre-Thanksgiving travel. Highways have been sloppy along the Washington to Boston corridor. Forecasters are expecting major Northeastern cities to see mostly rain, although New York could get one to four inches of snow. New York’s governor has 1,800 plow operators standing by to clear snow between New York City and Albany. […]

  • One of the photos found on the phone of Rutgers student Darsh Patel, 22, who was killed by this by shortly after the photo was taken, police believe.

    NJ bear attack victim took these photos just before he was killed

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cellphone before it mauled him to death. Police in West Milford have released five photos taken by 22-year-old Darsh Patel before he was killed by the 300-pound black bear while hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve, 45 miles northwest of New York. The photos show the bear behind a fallen tree in the […]

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    Ferguson officer Darren Wilson: ‘I know I did my job right’

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP/PIX11) — Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson says he couldn’t have done anything differently in his confrontation with Michael Brown to have prevented the 18-year-old’s shooting death. Wilson made his first public statements Tuesday during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. He offered details of the Aug. 9 shooting like those contained in his grand jury testimony, released a day earlier after it was decided he wouldn’t be indicted in the death. Wilson told Stephanopoulos that Brown, […]

  • Family of man pushed and killed on subway tracks sues the city

    Grand jury indicts man in fatal NYC subway push

    THE BRONX (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a 34-year-old man on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges for allegedly pushing a stranger in front of a moving New York City subway train, killing him as his wife watched on in horror from the platform. Bronx prosecutors announced the indictment Monday, shortly after suspect Kevin Darden made a brief court appearance. He had waived his right to appear before the grand jury. ‘I see someone flying across the platform': Train operator […]

  • Food Bank For NYC Provides Food Pantry And Soup Kitchen To Harlem Families

    Ahead of Thanksgiving, need for emergency food ‘staggeringly’ high

    NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — The need for emergency food remains “staggeringly” high in the wake of cuts to the nation’s food stamp program, according to the Food Bank for New York City. This, as Americans prepare to celebrate a holiday of feasting. The agency released a report Monday that found 80 percent of the city’s food pantries and soup kitchens reported increased demand over the past year. How you can help Food Bank NYC | Find a food pantry in […]

  • Sam Simon unveils PETA's 'Famous Vegetarians' postage stamps at West Hollywood post office on November 21, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images)

    Ireland’s gay bull Benjy saved from slaughterhouse thanks to ‘The Simpsons’ co-creator

    DUBLIN (AP) — He faced execution for failure to perform. But Benjy, the gay bull of Ireland, has been saved following a worldwide appeal backed by “The Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon. Ireland’s Animal Rights Action Network said Tuesday that Simon is paying for Benjy’s transportation to an animal sanctuary in England. Simon, who is battling colon cancer, has been giving away much of the fortune from his television career and is a leading donor to animal welfare causes. HAPPY NEWS: […]

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    Confession can be used at murder trial of suspect in Etan Patz case

    NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — Videotaped confessions by a man charged with killing Etan Patz, who vanished in 1979, can be used at his upcoming murder trial, a New York City judge ruled Monday. Pedro Hernandez, of Maple Shade, N.J., has pleaded not guilty to killing Patz, one of the first missing children ever pictured on a milk carton. The 6-year-old was last seen May 25, 1979. The decision by Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley refers to a dramatic video taken […]

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