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Last Update on November 27, 2015 08:06 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- Snoopy, SpongeBob -- and security. They were among the things you could see in the air at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade yesterday. Helicopters hovered overhead and a record number of police officers were pressed into duty for the annual event -- in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Part of the stepped-up presence included having officers on the marquee of Radio City Music Hall. In the end, the parade, featuring bands, floats and giants balloons like Hello Kitty, Snoopy, and SpongeBob SquarePants, went off without incident.

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006-w-33-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with children naming their favorite balloons)--Four new balloons joined the lineup at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, including Angry Bird's Red and Ice Age's Skrat. AP correspondent Julie Walker was at the parade and fills us in. (27 Nov 2015)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They may not have won over just their fans. Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello may have won a lot more. The newlyweds are getting props for posting photos from their wedding online. Vergara put 55 photos up on Instagram, including shots of other celebs who attended their nuptials -- even a shot of them cutting their cake. It's the same kind of photos many celebrity couples will sell to a magazine -- but fans got to see them by logging on. Recently other celebrities have skipped traditional outlets to take control of their images. BeyoncT and Jay Z posted the first pictures of daughter Blue Ivy on their personal sites. And Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel used Instagram to publicly share the first shots of their son, Silas.


MELROSE, Mass. (AP) -- Officials at a school near Boston are trying to get a handle on a situation they say was prompted by an episode of "South Park." A statement from Melrose Public Schools says some seventh graders were imitating an episode which singled out redheads -- or "Ginger Kids," as they were called on the show. At the Melrose school, students kicked the "gingers" during a break in classes. The school's assistant principal apologized to the students who were kicked. It may not end there. The school says it has reviewed surveillance tapes of the incident and has contacted police about "appropriate action" that can be taken against the kids involved.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was around this time last year around we were learning about the massive hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. And now, a federal judge has given preliminary approval to a settlement between Sony and workers affected by the attack. The judge signed off on the plan, pending a final approval hearing set for March. The settlement will see Sony pay up to $8 million to past and current employers. Under the deal, Sony agreed to reimburse employees up to $10,000 apiece for identity-theft losses, to cover the cost of credit-fraud protection services -- and to pay for legal fees.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Malcolm X's family is setting up an online store where stuff related to the slain black activist can be sold to the public. The site is being set up by X Legacy, along with the estate's representatives. Malcolm X's daughter Attallah Shabazz says she and other family members look forward to sharing their dad through the products being offered. For now, the site is offering T-shirts and hoodies -- and eventually it will make available Malcolm X's speeches and other writings.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The family feud involving members of Casey Kasem's family continues, nearly a year and a half after he died. Three of the radio personality's children and his brother are suing his widow. The suit claims Jean Kasem's actions led to his death. The wrongful death lawsuit accuses Jean Kasem of elder abuse and inflicting emotional distress on Kasem's kids. The longtime "American Top 40" host had dementia when he died last June at age 82. The suit seeks more than $250,000, although a jury would have to decide any damage award.

Rewind Time

November 06, 2015 08:10 GMT

AM-Prep-Today in History

Today is Friday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2015. There are 55 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 6, 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency: John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas.

On this date:

In 1632, King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden was killed in battle.

In 1854, America's "March King," John Philip Sousa, was born in Washington, D.C.

In 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term of office.

In 1928, in a first, the results of Republican Herbert Hoover's presidential election victory over Democrat Alfred E. Smith were flashed onto an electric wraparound sign on the New York Times building.

In 1934, Nebraska voters approved dissolving their two-chamber legislature in favor of a nonpartisan, single (or "unicameral") legislative body, which was implemented in 1937.

In 1944, British official Lord Moyne was assassinated in Cairo, Egypt, by members of the Zionist Stern gang.

In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower won re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.

In 1962, Democrat Edward M. Kennedy was elected Senator from Massachusetts.

In 1977, 39 people were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan won re-election by a landslide over former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Democratic challenger.

In 1990, about one-fifth of the Universal Studios backlot in southern California was destroyed in an arson fire.

In 2012, President Barack Obama was elected to a second term of office, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Ten years ago: An overnight tornado killed 25 people in southwestern Indiana. In a clear jab at Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (OO'-goh CHAH'-vez), President George W. Bush, in Brazil, called on Latin Americans to boldly defend strong democratic institutions. French President Jacques Chirac (zhahk shih-RAHK') promised arrests, trials and punishment in the wake of urban unrest that had spread to central Paris.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama opened his 10-day Asia trip on a somber note in Mumbai, India, where he memorialized victims of devastating terror attacks two years earlier, declaring, "We'll never forget." A Yemeni judge ordered police to find Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born cleric, "dead or alive" after the al-Qaida-linked preacher failed to appear at his trial for his role in the killing of foreigners. (Al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the mountains of Yemen on Sept. 30, 2011.)

One year ago: The march toward same-sex marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states: Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. (A divided U.S. Supreme Court overturned the laws in June 2015.) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reassured Jordan's King Abdullah that he would not yield to increasing demands by some members of his center-right coalition to allow Jews to pray at a Muslim-run holy site in Jerusalem.

Today's Birthdays: Actress June Squibb is 86. Country singer Stonewall Jackson is 83. Singer Eugene Pitt (The Jive Five) is 78. Singer P.J. Proby is 77. Country singer Guy Clark is 74. Actress Sally Field is 69. Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (The Eagles) is 67. Singer Rory Block is 66. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 66. TV host Catherine Crier is 61. News correspondent and former California first lady Maria Shriver is 60. Actress Lori Singer is 58. Actor Lance Kerwin is 55. Rock musician Paul Brindley (The Sundays) is 52. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is 51. Rock singer Corey Glover is 51. Actor Brad Grunberg is 51. Actor Peter DeLuise is 49. Actress Kelly Rutherford is 47. Actor Ethan Hawke is 45. Chef/TV judge Marcus Samuelsson is 45. Actress Thandie Newton is 43. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn (roh-MAYN') is 43. Actress Zoe McLellan is 41. Actress Nicole Dubuc is 37. Actress Taryn Manning is 37. Basketball player Lamar Odom is 36. Actress Patina Miller (TV: "Madam Secretary") is 31. Actress Katie Leclere (LEH'-klehr) is 29. Singer-songwriter Ben Rector is 29. Singer-songwriter Robert Ellis is 27. Actress Emma Stone is 27. Actress Mercedes Kastner is 26.

Thought for Today: "The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn." -- Alvin Toffler, American writer-futurist (1928- ).

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