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Jessica Goodman | November 27, 2014 | Entertainment
This is how crazily anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is: On Friday morning, an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin is screening the new teaser trailer not just before every movie, but also in a separate stand alone screening where it will play 17 times in a row.

11 Box Office Turkeys From 2014

Christopher Rosen | November 27, 2014 | Entertainment
Box office figures have been down this year to such an extent that even the hits are considered a disappointment. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," which scored the year's biggest opening at $121.8 million, made 23 percent less during its debut weekend than last year's "The...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Released From Hospital, Expected To Return To Work On Monday

Mollie Reilly | November 27, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Thursday after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said. The 81-year-old jurist was sent home and was expected to be at work when the court hears its next round of...

Don't Even Ask About The Most Difficult Shot In 'Interstellar'

Christopher Rosen | November 27, 2014 | Entertainment
For "Interstellar," director Christopher Nolan created worm holes, planets made of ice and water, robots that look like Kit Kat bars and even a fifth-dimensional tesseract. So asking cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema to pick the biggest challenge he had in bringing Nolan's film to visual life amounts to...

Obama Builds Environmental Legacy With 1970 Law

Benjamin Hart | November 27, 2014 | Politics
President Obama could leave office with the most aggressive, far-reaching environmental legacy of any occupant of the White House. Yet it is very possible that not a single major environmental law will have passed during his two terms in Washington.

Harvard Extension Student Allegedly Fell Naked Through Bathroom Ceiling, Bit Man's Ear Off

Simon McCormack | November 27, 2014 | Weird News
A 26-year-old Harvard Extension School student is being held without bail after he allegedly fell naked through the ceiling of a women's bathroom in Boston's Logan Airport and then bit an 84-year-old man's ear off, according to CBS News. The Associated Press has more on the story: BOSTON...

Nigeria Parliament: Shell Should Pay $3.6 Billion For 2011 Bonga Oil Spill

James Gerken | November 27, 2014 | Green
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — A parliament committee in Nigeria says that Shell should pay $3.6 billion in fines as punishment for a 2011 oil spill. The committee's decision, made Wednesday, is non-binding. The spill occurred in 2011 of the Bonga oil field. In 2011, the National Oil Spill Detection Response...

Cops Search For 'Cowards' Who Beat Homeless Man To Death

Hilary Hanson | November 27, 2014 | Crime
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say they are looking for a group of "cowards" who beat a homeless man to death as he slept in an alley in downtown San Francisco. Police spokesman Albie Esparza said Wednesday that Tai Lam's body was found inside a sleeping bag.

Southern Democrats Are Trying To Make A Comeback

Mollie Reilly | November 27, 2014 | Politics
ATLANTA (AP) — To rebuild in the conservative South, Democratic leaders say their party must become more aggressive advocates for the middle class in an effort to energize African-Americans and attract whites. After the Republicans' success in the midterm elections, many say the Democratic Party should openly embrace government as...

This Is What The Black Voices Family Is Thankful For

Jessica Dickerson | November 27, 2014 | Black Voices
This year, Thanksgiving came at a time of great unrest in the black community. Thousands of protesters disrupted calm across the whole of America as they expressed significant dissatisfaction with the Ferguson grand jury decision against indictment for the officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Since...

Here's What The Obamas Are Eating For Thanksgiving Dinner

Mollie Reilly | November 27, 2014 | Politics
This year, President Barack Obama and his family are spending Thanksgiving at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where they'll dine on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes -- and six kinds of pie. Here's this year's menu, as provided by the White House press office: Dinner: Thyme Roasted Turkey Honey-Baked Ham...

Melissa Rivers Shares Beautiful Throwback Photo Of Joan Rivers On Thanksgiving

Lauren Duca | November 27, 2014 | Entertainment
Melissa Rivers took over Joan Rivers' Twitter account on Thanksgiving, sharing a gorgeous throwback photo of her and her late mother. "I finally figured out my mom's password," she tweeted from Joan's account. "HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Xo Melissa." I finally figured out my mom's password HAPPY...

Government Data Sharpens Focus On Crude-Oil Train Routes

James Gerken | November 27, 2014 | Green
This story originally appeared on ProPublica. The oil boom underway in North Dakota has delivered jobs to local economies and helped bring the United States to the brink of being a net energy exporter for the first time in generations.But moving that oil to the few refineries with...

Protests In Ferguson Dwindle

Mollie Reilly | November 27, 2014 | Politics
ST. LOUIS (AP) — As demonstrations in California heated up overnight, the robust protests in Ferguson dwindled in size and severity as Thanksgiving approached, a change from the days immediately following the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. People have begun cleaning up the battered suburban community of...

Pet Massage Is Sweeping The Nation

Hilary Hanson | November 27, 2014 | Weird News
PHOENIX (AP) — Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting. "People call me because their dogs are having problems," said Shelah Barr,...

Scots To Get New Powers After Failed Independence Referendum

Eline Gordts | November 27, 2014 | World
LONDON (AP) — Britain's main political parties agreed Thursday to grant Scotland new tax and spending powers to fulfill a promise of greater autonomy made as politicians scrambled to persuade Scots to reject independence in a recent referendum. The plans are unlikely to satisfy hard-core Scottish nationalists, but could have...

Dozens Arrested During Ferguson Protests In California

Mollie Reilly | November 27, 2014 | Politics
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police in Oakland and Los Angeles arrested scores of demonstrators during a third night of unrest linked to the shooting protest in Ferguson, Missouri. At least 130 demonstrators who refused to disperse during a Los Angeles protest were arrested Wednesday night, while 35 people were detained...

Ferguson Grand Jury Testimony Full Of Inconsistencies

Simon McCormack | November 27, 2014 | Crime
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see...

An Alternative Thanksgiving Playlist To Get You Through Cooking A Whole Meal

Katherine Brooks | November 27, 2014 | Arts
Imagine this: It's Thanksgiving morning and you've probably just embarked on what will be a marathon day of chopping, slicing, stuffing and basking until the sweet smells of roasted turkey (or tofurky) float through your abode. It can be a daunting project, often taking three to five hours to create...

Celebrate Thanksgiving With The 15 Best Meals In Art

Katherine Brooks | November 27, 2014 | Arts
The week of Thanksgiving is in full force here in the United States, so we imagine that many of our readers are currently in the process of preparing for an enormous, multi-course meal surrounded by friends and family of equally rapacious appetites. Who can resist a full day dedicated to...