NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department has cleared 16 giant balloons to fly in today's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. City rules say the balloons cannot lift off if sustained winds top 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph. Balloons have only been grounded once in the parade's 87-year history, when bad weather kept them from flying in 1971.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is delivering a Thanksgiving message for this week's weekly radio and Internet address, and the president says Americans have much to be thankful for. Obama says he's giving thanks for the country's founders, the generations who followed, and members of the military and their families for their sacrifices. In the Republican address, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is paying tribute to service members spending the holiday away from home, and their families.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is considering taking on the disposal of Syria's deadliest chemical weapons. No country has yet committed to getting rid of the weapons on its own soil, so the Obama administration is looking at transporting the chemicals to a nearly 700-foot ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The vessel would be outfitted with a special system to neutralize the material.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Police in Inglewood, Calif., say a woman and her 14-year-old daughter were unharmed during a nearly nine-hour hostage standoff. Police arrived at the home yesterday afternoon after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance. One officer was shot in his bullet-proof vest and is in good condition. The gunman —the woman's boyfriend — surrendered.
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are posting online another 101 works from the huge trove of art found at a reclusive collector's apartment in Munich last month, bringing the total so far to 219. Prosecutors have cleared drawings and watercolors by artists including Degas, Cezanne and Picasso on the official "Lost Art" website. They're among the works officials believe may have been seized under the Nazis.