Macy’s parade begins with balloons, bands and security

Police officers stand near the site where a large balloon of Olaf, from the animated film, "Frozen", is being inflated for the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Sand-filled sanitation trucks and police sharpshooters will mix with glittering floats and giant balloons at a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that comes in a year of terrible mass shootings and a deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade stepped off Thursday with soaring balloons and high-stepping bands as police went all-out to secure it in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots.

Texans displaced by Harvey adjust plans for holiday feast

In this Nov. 17, 2017 photo, homeowner George Dorsey, center, prays with Samaritan's Purse volunteers who are helping to rebuild his hurricane-damaged home in Houston. Dorsey usually hosts a large Thanksgiving dinner for family but is making other arrangements this year as he continues to recover from Hurricane Harvey. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON (AP) — The kitchen where George and Arva Dorsey prepare an 18-dish feast every Thanksgiving has been stripped of everything but its granite countertops, standing on their own with no appliances below. The house they renovated and expanded over three decades has been gutted down to its wooden beams.

Search continues for 3 U.S. sailors missing in crash

In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, a C-2A Greyhound assigned to the Providers of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, prepares to land on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on Aug. 22, 2017. Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a U.S. Navy plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, Nov. 22 the Navy said The transport aircraft came down about 500 nautical miles (925 kilometers) southeast of Okinawa as it was bringing passengers and cargo from Japan to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, the Navy said. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex Corona/U.S. Navy via AP)

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft searched in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier.

Education Dept. wants to narrow civil rights work in schools

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a dinner hosted by the Washington Policy Center in Bellevue, Wash. The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

Smooth sailing so far on $7.5M makeover of Pilgrim ship

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2014 file photo, the Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship that brought Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, passes a jetty as it is towed out of Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth, Mass. Restoration of the ship continues in November 2017, at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Connecticut's Mystic Seaport. It is expected to be completed in 2019. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — If you’re a fan of the Mayflower II, here’s something that will float your boat.

Myanmar, Bangladesh sign agreement on Rohingya refugees

In this image provided by Myanmar's Ministry of Information, Myanmar's Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor Kyaw Tint Swe, right, and Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abdul Hassan Mahmud Ali exchange notes after signing the Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Thursday covering the return of Rohingya Muslims who fled across their mutual border to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. (Myanmar Information Ministry via AP)

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Thursday covering the return of Rohingya Muslims who fled across their mutual border to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Zimbabwe, facing new leader, wonders ‘Where is Mugabe?’

Zimbabwean military parade during a dress rehearsal ahead of Friday's presidential inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa, at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. Zimbabwe on Thursday is making preparations to swear in a new leader after 37 years. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — As Zimbabwe on Thursday prepared to swear in a new leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa, after 37 years, attention turned to the fate of Robert Mugabe and the wife who just days ago was poised to succeed him.

Papua New Guinea officials pressure refugees to leave camp

This image provided by Refugee Action Coalition shows police entering the immigration camp on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, Thursday Nov. 23, 2017. Papua New Guinea authorities on Thursday ratcheted up pressure on more than 300 asylum seekers to abandon a decommissioned immigration camp, where refugees reported their shelters, beds and other belongings have been destroyed. (Refugee Action Coalition via AP)

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea authorities on Thursday removed dozens of asylum seekers and ratcheted up pressure on more than 300 others to abandon a decommissioned immigration camp, where refugees reported their shelters, beds and other belongings have been destroyed.

Cold War drama caught on video as N. Korean soldier escapes

This combination of images made from Nov. 13, 2017, surveillance video released by the United Nations Command shows a North Korean soldier running from a jeep and then shot by North Korean soldiers in Panmunjom, North Korea, before collapsing across the border in South Korea. A North Korean soldier made a desperate dash to freedom in a jeep and then on foot, being shot at least five times as he limped across the border and was rescued by South Korean soldiers, according to dramatic video released by the U.S.-led U.N. command Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (United Nations Command via AP)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It’s 3:11 p.m. on a cold, gray day on the North Korean side of the most heavily armed border in the world, and a lone soldier is racing toward freedom.

Woman raising funds to help homeless man who rescued her

In this Nov. 17 photo, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a CITGO station in Philadelphia. When McClure ran out of gas, Bobbitt, who is homeless, gave his last $20 to buy gas for her. McClure started a Gofundme.com campaign for Bobbitt that has raised more than $40,000. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

FLORENCE, N.J. — Kate McClure didn’t expect to run out of gas on her drive to Philadelphia last month.

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