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Seven Travel Pro Tips to Help You Survive Thanksgiving Week


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the only thing standing between you and and a healthy heap of mashed potatoes may be a friendly travel agent and a cross-country flight.

But on some of the busiest travel days of the year, navigating the airport can be tricky.

Here are a seven tips to keep your journey (hopefully) headache-free:

  1. Print your boarding pass ahead of time.
  2. Download your airline’s mobile app.
  3. If you are carrying-on a gift, do yourself a favor: leave it unwrapped in case the Transportation Security Administration needs to check it out.
  4. If you are putting valuables through TSA carry-on screening, tape your business card to them in case you accidentally leave them behind.
  5. Sign up for TSA pre-check so you can fly through security lines -- with your shoes on.
  6. Make sure your carry-on bag fits by checking ahead of time. And if the agent asks you to gate check it, listen -- nothing delays a departure like having to take bags back off a full plane.
  7. If you want more legroom, think about paying for an economy plus seat, which often comes with a better boarding time.

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Exclusive: Police Officer Darren Wilson Discusses Firing Deadly Shot


ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson discussed his account of the moment he shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

Wilson said Brown was charging at him, disregarding the officer’s instructions.

“I started backpedaling, ‘cause he’s just getting too close and he’s not stopping,” Wilson told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

“After I fired the second round of shots, he gets about eight to 10 feet [away]. And as he does that, he kinda starts to lean forward like he’s gonna tackle me. And eight to 10 feet is close and what I saw was his head. If he’s gonna tackle me, he’s gonna tackle me at that point. And I looked down my barrel of my gun and I fired,” he continued.

The Aug. 9 shooting sparked months of protests, drawing national attention to the St. Louis suburb.

Wilson said he was driving to get lunch by himself -- just a normal day, he says -- when he encountered Brown and a friend walking in the middle of the street, “single-file on the double-yellow line.”

Wilson, 28, says he instructed the pair to walk on the sidewalk.

The first person, Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, ignored Wilson, the officer said.

“And then Michael Brown came next and he had to exchange some explicit words with me,” Wilson said. “He had said, “F*** what you have to say.”

“First words to you?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Yeah,” Wilson responded.

At that point, Wilson says he noticed cigarillos in Brown’s hand, noting that Brown and Johnson matched the description, he says, of suspects in the theft of cigars from a nearby convenience store earlier that day. Wilson said he wasn’t sure whether Brown was armed.

“I got on the radio and I asked for assistance,” Wilson said.

Wilson said he parked and tried to get out of his vehicle, when Brown again cursed at the officer and slammed the officer’s car door.

“I…again taken aback because I’ve never been trapped in my car,” Wilson said. “I use my door to try and push him back and yell at him to get back. And again he just pushed the door shut and just stared at me.”

“So you’re staring each other down?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Yeah, he stared at me, like almost over top of me…looked like he was trying to intimidate me," Wilson said. "And as I looked back at him, all of a sudden punches started flying…He threw the first one and hit me in the left side of my face."

Wilson said he doesn’t believe he could have done anything differently that day, and says he has a clean conscience.

“The reason I have a clean conscience is ’cause I know I did my job right,” he said.

Following Monday’s announcement that a grand jury declined to bring charges against Wilson, Brown’s relatives released a statement, saying, “We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequences of his actions.”

Wilson said he feels remorse about the outcome of the altercation.

“I think those are grieving parents who are mourning the loss of their son,” Wilson said.

“Nothing you could say, but, again, you know, I’m sorry that their son lost his life. It wasn’t the intention of that day. It’s what occurred that day. And there’s no…nothing you could say that’s gonna make a parent feel better,” he added.

Watch George Stephanopoulos' full interview with Darren Wilson below:

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Scoreboard Roundup - 11/26/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Basketball:  (2) Wisconsin 72 (5-0) - UAB 43 (2-3)

(3) Arizona 61 (6-0) - (15) San Diego State 59 (5-1)

 (4) Duke 93 (6-0) - Furman 54 (1-3) 

Butler 74 (4-0) - (5) North Carolina 66 (3-1)

(6) Louisville 45 (5-0) - Cleveland State 33 (2-3)

(10) Gonzaga 88 (5-0) - Georgia 76 (3-2)

(16) Ohio State 91 (4-0) - Campbell 64 (1-3)

Georgetown 66 (4-0) - (18) Florida 65 (2-2) - OT

(21) West Virginia 103 (6-0) - VMI 72 (2-3)

Oklahoma 75 (3-1) - (22) UCLA 65 (4-1)

NBA: Brooklyn Nets 99 (6-8) - Philadelphia 76ers 91 (0-15)

Golden State Warriors 111 (12-2) - Orlando Magic 96 (6-11)

Cleveland Cavaliers 113 (7-7) - Washington Wizards 87 (9-5)

Portland Trail Blazers 105 (12-3) - Charlotte Hornets 96 (6-11)

Oklahoma City Thunder 97 (4-12) - Utah Jazz 82 (5-11)

Milwaukee Bucks 103 (9-7) - Minnesota Timberwolves 86 (3-10)

Houston Rockets 102 (12-3) - Sacramento Kings 89 (9-6)

Los Angeles Clippers 104 (9-5) Detroit Pistons 98 (3-12)

Toronto Raptors 126 (13-2) - Atlanta Hawks 115 (7-6)

Dallas Mavericks 109 (11-5) - New York Knicks 102 (4-12) - OT

San Antonio Spurs 106 (10-4) - Indiana Pacers 100 (6-9)

Phoenix Suns 120 (10-6) - Denver Nuggets 112 (7-8)

Memphis Grizzlies 99 (13-2) - Los Angeles Lakers 93 (3-12)

NHL: Winnipeg Jets 2 (11-9-3, 25pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (6-14-2, 14pts)

New York Islanders 3 (16-6-0, 32pts) - Washington Capitals 2 (9-8-4, 22pts) - OT

Los Angeles Kings 4 (12-6-5, 29pts) - Minnesota Wild 0 (12-9-0, 24pts)

Florida Panthers 1 (8-6-6, 22pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 0 (6-12-3, 15pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (15-6-2, 32pts) - New York Rangers 3 (9-8-4, 22pts)

Detroit Red Wings 5 (12-5-5, 29pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 2 (8-10-3, 19pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (15-4-2, 32pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (11-8-3, 25pts) - OT

Chicago Blackhawks 3 (13-8-1, 27pts) - Colorado Avalanche 2 (8-10-5, 21pts)

Calgary Flames 2 (13-8-2, 28pts) - San Jose Sharks 0 (10-9-4, 24pts)

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Underwent Heart Procedure


Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a coronary catheterization on Wednesday.

According to a press release from the court, Ginsburg experienced discomfort while partaking in "routine exercise." Ginsburg was taken to a MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where a coronary blockage was found and a stent was placed in her right coronary artery.

Ginsburg is "resting comfortably" and is expected to be released within 48 hours.

Despite being diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009, Ginsburg, appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, has never missed a day of oral arguments due to medical treatment.

The court is set to hear arguments on Monday.

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"Dancing With the Stars" Host Tom Bergeron on How Julianne Hough Did First Time as Judge


ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- There was a lot of talk surrounding former Dancing With the Stars pro Julianne Hough when it was announced prior to season 19 that the 26-year-old would be joining the judges table on the show.

Hough, whose brother Derek still performs on DWTS, has done splendidly, says host Tom Bergeron.

"I think she's been doing wonderfully. I think there was more on her shoulders and for Carrie Ann [Inaba] and Bruno [Tonioli --the other judges], as well when Len [Goodman] took a month off," Bergeron explained to ABC News. "I think they all stepped up wonderfully."

In fact, Bergeron, 59, thinks Hough only got better as the season wore on.

"I think Julianne's really hit her stride," he said. "She knows what it's like to be on that floor competing, her comments are concise, are empathetic, are knowledgeable. I don't think you ask any more of a judge."

Along with Hough, Erin Andrews enjoyed her second season as co-host, aiding Bergeron by interviewing the Stars, even asking the personal questions fans want to know.

"Erin's been doing great. She breaks me up, keeps me on my toes," he said, laughing. "I never know what she's going to say, I'm always paying close attention! That can be her role there and she has embraced it, of almost being the voice of the viewer, the person who has access and can ask or say what the people in the audience are wondering."

Season 19 ended on Tuesday night with a dramatic finale, where Alfonso Ribeiro took home the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

“I cannot believe this,” he said after the win. “I’ve wanted it forever … I don’t even know what to say. These are happy tears.”

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Five Tips to Avoid Overindulging on Thanksgiving


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thanksgiving is every dieter's nightmare: turkey slathered in gravy, candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and buttery, and calorie-laden pecan pie.

Adults gain about a pound between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and they don't lose it in January, according to experts. That means that, of the pound or two a year that adults gain as they age, half of it happens over the holidays, said Cedric Bryant, chief science officer of the nonprofit American Council on Exercise.

But there are ways you can enjoy Thanksgiving without overdoing it:

Exercise Before or After the Meal

Starting your morning with a turkey trot -- a Thanksgiving 5K jog -- will help offset some of the effects of a big holiday dinner, Bryant said.

An after-dinner walk or jog is even better.

When you eat the calorie- and fat-laden meal, your triglyceride levels become elevated and your blood sugar spikes. This can lead to a feeling of malaise. Over time, it can contribute to metabolic disorders and type II diabetes.

Light exercise before the big meal decreases your triglyceride levels -- the fat in your blood -- by 25 percent, Bryant said. Exercising after dinner will decrease triglycerides by 70 percent.

The exercise will also help peripheral tissues, such as muscles, respond to insulin, which controls blood sugar, he said.

Don't Worry About Disappointing the Host

Research at the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab showed that people often overeat at dinners because they're afraid of offending or disappointing the host or hostess, said the lab's director, Brian Wansink, who authored the book Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life.

"One easy way to do that is just only eat the stuff that’s homemade," he said. "The hostess isn't going to be offended if you don’t eat the peanuts or the nuts before dinner or you don’t eat the dinner rolls she bought. She’s going to be annoyed if you don’t eat the dressing or the turkey."

Hosts in Wansink’s research never remembered how much guests ate, but remembered whether they went back for second helpings, he said.

So, start the meal with extra-small portions, Wansink suggested. That way, when you go back for seconds, you're not overeating.

Make a Few Thanksgiving Swaps

A few simple substitutions can go a long way on Thanksgiving, Bryant said.

"Choose white meat over dark meat," he said. "The white with no skin is going to be about half the calories and probably 1/6 to 1/7 the fat of dark meat with skin."

A six-ounce serving of skinless white meat is only about 180 calories and 3 grams of fat, Bryant said. By comparison, the same serving of dark meat with skin is 370 calories and 20 grams of fat.

Choosing pumpkin or apple pie instead of pecan pie will save about 150 calories, he said.

If you're hosting Thanksgiving, serving steamed green beans instead of green bean casserole will also save guests about 100 calories, Bryant said. And serving sweet potatoes with just sugar and spices is better than serving it candied and loaded with marshmallows.

Start at the Healthy End of the Buffet

People load up 60 to 65 percent of their plates with the first three things they see at the buffet, Wansink said. To save calories, start near the salad and vegetables.

And if you're hosting the dinner and want to save your guests from overindulging, keep the buffet away from the table so people have to consciously get up to get second helpings. People who served themselves from a buffet ate 20 percent less than people who served themselves from the middle of the dinner table, he said.

"Thanksgiving is one of the greatest American holidays of the year," Wansink said. "It's probably not the best time to start your diet. To help, eat a little bit less but still enjoy the holiday."

Eat Slowly and Drink Water

Bryant said absently "shoveling" in food as you catch up with relatives is bound to lead to overeating. Instead, remind yourself to eat slowly and stay aware of what you're eating.

"Give you brain an opportunity to catch up with your appetite," he said.

Another helpful trick is to drink water throughout the day.

"Hunger cues and your hydration cues can become confused," Bryant said. "Making sure to address hydration can certainly help to curb the appetite."

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Special Ops Team Frees Al Qaeda Hostages from Yemeni Cave in Raid


PeterHermesFurian/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A team of U.S. special operations forces conducted a joint raid in a remote region of Yemen Tuesday to rescue eight hostages being held in a cave by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Elements of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six participated in the daring pre-dawn raid in a remote region near the border with Saudi Arabia.

A U.S. official confirmed that about two dozen U.S. special operations forces and a team of Yemeni counterterrorism troops conducted a raid early Tuesday morning near the border with Saudi Arabia that rescued six Yemenis, a Saudi and an Ethiopian. It was unclear how long the hostages had been held by the al Qaeda affiliate.

Another U.S. official told ABC News that elements of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six participated in the raid. SEAL Team Six is the elite special operations unit involved in high-risk missions including the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The U.S. official said the special operations team was inserted into the remote border region by helicopter then made its way to a cave where the hostages were rescued after a firefight that killed seven al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters. The teams then evacuated the area by helicopter.

On Tuesday, the Yemeni government confirmed the raid in Hadhramaut Province but said only Yemeni counterterrorism forces had participated. The U.S. participation in the rescue was first reported by The New York Times.

Pentagon officials referred questions about the raid to Yemeni authorities on Tuesday.

“I would just tell you we continue to support Yemeni counterterrorism efforts and would refer you to them to talk to any operations,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at a Pentagon briefing.

For several years, the U.S. military’s elite Joint Special Operations Command has conducted drone strikes against AQAP targets inside Yemen.

This raid could be the first known instance where American forces have conducted a ground raid inside Yemen.

The Yemeni government has authorized the American military drone strikes, though it has painted them as airstrikes conducted by Yemen’s air force.

Yemen has been beset in recent months by sectarian battles, as a Shiite rebel group from northern Yemen known as the Houthi has battled the Yemeni government for more autonomy. The group has taken over parts of the capital of Sanaa and attempted to recapture territory in the southern part of the country controlled by AQAP.

The violence in the capital has led to the occasional downsizing of U.S. embassy personnel in Sanaa.

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