New York's Thanksgiving parade draws huge crowd amid tight security

New York Police Department officers stand watch from a building as a float proceeds high above spectators along 6th Ave during the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New YorBy Kylie Gumpert and Alexander Besant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crowds of spectators watched the marching bands, floats and giant balloons of Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, held without incident under tight security almost two weeks after deadly attacks in Paris. President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans on Wednesday they were safe to travel over the holiday.. Police, who were patrolling in record numbers, arrested a 41-year-old Russian tourist for flying a drone in Central Park near the parade route with his son, 14. Police walked alongside many parade groups and helicopters hovered overhead amid enhanced security following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

Man who jumped White House fence facing charges: Secret Service

A man who jumped the White House fence on Thursday, triggering a lockdown of the presidential mansion, was quickly caught and now faces criminal charges, the U.S. Secret Service said. Joseph Caputo scaled the north fence line of the White House grounds at around 2:45 p.m. and was immediately apprehended, the Secret Service said in a statement. The White House was locked down as the Secret Service conducted a security sweep of the area, and nearby streets were closed off, ABC News and The Washington Post reported earlier.

New videos raise fresh questions in Chicago police shooting of black teen

Combination of still images from video released by Chicago Police show Laquan McDonald walking and subsequently shot in ChicagoNewly released police dashboard camera videos from the scene of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago patrolman could raise fresh questions over documentation of the killing, as the city braced for an organized protest march on Friday. Audio and video should be automatically activated on the cameras, according to police department policy. Van Dyke on Tuesday became the first Chicago police officer in decades to be charged with murder for on-duty use of lethal force and is in jail pending a second bond hearing on Monday.

Hurricane Sandra weakens slightly to Category 3 storm

MIAMI (AP) ? Hurricane Sandra has weakened slightly but is still a powerful Category 3 storm in the eastern Pacific off Mexico's coast.

Mississippi man accused of attacking parents over fast food

NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? Authorities say a man faces charges in Louisiana accusing him of killing his father and stabbing his mother because they ordered fast food and didn't get any for him.

Oregon school cancels dance over dirty dancing concerns

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ? Administrators at a Portland, Oregon, high school have canceled an upcoming winter dance because of concerns about dirty dancing.

White House Lawn Locked Down After Fence Jumper

While First Family Dines on Thanksgiving Dinner, Jumper Clears Fence

Big balloons, heavy security for NYC Thanksgiving parade

A clown marches by heavily armed police stand guard during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK (AP) ? Americans paused Thursday to celebrate their blessings despite terrorism fears and racial tensions over fatal police shootings across the country. A record number of police officers patrolled the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, while St. Louis resumed its annual parade, canceled last year amid protests over Michael Brown's death.

Los Angeles considers 'john letters' to fight prostitution

LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A Los Angeles City Hall proposal to send "john letters" to the owners of cars seen in areas known for prostitution has drawn criticism from a California civil liberties group.

AccuWeather: Mild Black Friday

AccuWeather: Mild Black FridayMeteorologist Melissa Magee says it's mild for shoppers. The weekend will be a bit damp at times.

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