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Wal-mart workers get ready for Black Friday protest

Shoppers and stores around the country are preparing for big Black Friday sales, but a group of Wal-Mart workers are getting ready for a protest.

Despite Sandy, Queens family is giving thanks -- together

About this time last year, Kate Rigaut was surrounded by 15 of her closest relatives, heaping turkey, stuffing and two kinds of potatoes onto her plate.

Lawmakers offer helping of holiday thanks with side dish of debt worries

After a heated campaign season, lawmakers expressed gratitude in their Thanksgiving remarks but not without the political undertones of an economy limping back to life and impending fiscal crisis.

Jesse Jackson Jr. quits Congress, cites health reasons

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress effective Wednesday, citing the need to spend time "restoring my health." Jackson, 47, announced his resignation in a letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday.

Thanksgiving facts by the numbers

1.5 -- The number of pounds of turkey the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line recommends per guest so that you have plenty left over for sandwiches.

Hostess liquidation likely as mediation fails

Hostess Brands said Tuesday evening that a last-ditch mediation session with its bakers' union over a new contract imposed in bankruptcy court had failed, bringing the company closer to liquidation.

Voice of Elmo resigns following controversy

Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who provides the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street," has resigned from his Sesame Workshop position, the company announced Tuesday.

Hostess shutdown on hold

Hostess Brands and a key union agreed Monday to try to mediate their dispute -- an unexpected development that could spare the company from permanently shutting down.

Appeals court strikes down Michigan's affirmative action ban

A federal appeals court on Thursday narrowly struck down Michigan's 6-year-old ban on considering race and gender in college admissions, a ruling that the state intends to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Missiles fired at Tel Aviv for first time since Gulf War

Several media outlets are reporting missiles have been fired at the Tel Aviv area for the first since the Gulf War. Speculators fear this may lead to all out war.