Crude oil near $97

Crude oil near $97

NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices headed toward $97 per barrel in a half-day, post-Thanksgiving trading session Friday, as traders reacted to a pre-holiday inventory report.
Markets close out half day with losses

Markets close out half day with losses

NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. markets began a holiday-shortened half-day session with gains Friday, but the upswing failed to hold.

Safe shopping tips for Cyber Monday

NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The next national U.S. shopping event after Black Friday, called Cyber Monday, is fraught with possibilities for error, a private Internet firm said.

New signs warn LA Occupy protesters

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Some Occupy LA protesters said they feared they would be evicted after signs were posted warning against staying overnight at Los Angeles City Hall Park.
Mac 'n' cheese a mystery to Pat Robertson

Mac 'n' cheese a mystery to Pat Robertson

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Macaroni 'n' cheese has never crossed the lips of U.S. televangelist Pat Robertson, who asked a colleague on-air if it was "a black thing."

Man guilty of rape, framing ex-girlfriend

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A private detective in New York was convicted of raping his ex-girlfriend, then attempting to frame her for armed robberies that never happened.
1 million watch Macy's Parade

1 million watch Macy's Parade

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Major cities across the United States kicked off the holiday season -- and the holiday shopping season -- Thursday with Thanksgiving Day parades.
Thanksgiving food from Mexico, S. America

Thanksgiving food from Mexico, S. America

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Turkey, potatoes, squash and corn are synonymous with Thanksgiving, but all come from Latin America, while cranberries are native, a U.S. expert says.

Teen told to apologize for Brownback tweet

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A Kansas teenager said she was forced to apologize for making a disparaging tweet about Gov. Sam Brownback while listening to him speak.

Weather ruffling travelers' feathers

SEATTLE, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Thanksgiving holiday travelers encountered some turkey weather across the United States Thursday and could expect more through Saturday, forecasters said.

105-pound woman wins turkey-eating contest

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A Virginia woman weighing in at 105 pounds took home the top prize at a New York contest by wolfing down nearly an entire turkey in 10 minutes.

64 cited for failing to yield to 'turkey'

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Why did the turkey cross the road? To hand out 64 citations to motorists who failed to yield to the costumed officer, police said.

Family spares life of smiley oyster

YARMOUTHPORT, Mass., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts family said they decided to spare the life of an oyster they found with shapes on its shell arranged to resemble a human face.

Thanksgiving need not be diet train wreck

COLUMBIA, Mo., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- University of Missouri dietitians recommend people maintain a healthy diet during the holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving.

Busiest time of the year for burn centers

NASHVILLE, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Thanksgiving and Black Friday, "opening day" for the U.S. Christmas shopping season, also signal the start of the busiest time for burn centers, physicians say.
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Apple, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, was pardoned by U.S. President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving eve in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on November 24, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving in Canada falls on the same day as Columbus Day in the United States. Because of the longstanding traditions of the holiday, the celebration often extends to the weekend that falls closest to the day it is celebrated. History Thanksgiving in North America had originated from a mix of European and Native traditions.[1] Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after the harvest cycles to give thanks for a good harvest, and to rejoice together after much hard work with the rest of the community.[1] At the time, Native Americans had also celebrated the end of a harvest season.[1] When Europeans first arrived to the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe, celebrating their safe voyage, peace and good harvest.[1] Though the origins of the holiday in both Canada and the United States are similar, Americans do not typically celebrate the contributions made in Newfoundland, while Canadians do not celebrate the contributions made in Plymouth, Massachusetts.[2]

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