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On the Calendar:  Saturday, 12/6/2014 12:00 PM
A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS! OPEN HOUSE: Come by for the Christmas Open House in Farmerville and walk through our Victorian traditions exhibit, have your photo made with our Victorian Father Christmas, and listen to carolers singing classic Christmas hymns. Other special events will center around Children celebrating Christmases-past! Oh, one more thing: WE WILL BE MAKING SNOW!!! Calendar

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PHOENIX (AP) Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:45:09 -0500
West African artists urge French-speaking nations to act on Ebola

Health workers put on protective gear outside a mosque before disinfecting it, in BamakoBy Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - West African artists have urged heads of state holding a French-speaking nations' summit in Dakar this weekend to take action to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the region. The rare tropical disease has infected more than 15,000 people in West Africa since it was first recorded in Guinea in March. More than 5,000 people have died from the virus, which causes severe vomiting, diarrhoea and internal bleeding. ...

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:44:40 -0500
Syria 'no-fly zone' not being considered: NATO general

Smoke rises after what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad in Raqqa, which is controlled by the Islamic StateBy Jonny Hogg IZMIR, Turkey (Reuters) - NATO is not considering establishing a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria, something Turkey has been calling for to alleviate security and humanitarian pressures on its southeastern borders, one of the alliance's top generals has told Reuters. Turkey has NATO's second largest military and is host for Land Command (LANDCOM), which is charged with improving the effectiveness and response time of the alliance's land forces. ...

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:42:51 -0500
US indexes barely budge ahead of Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (AP) Stock indexes are holding near record levels as traders digest some mixed news on the U.S. economy.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:41:37 -0500
Slain US teen's parents call officer's account 'crazy'

Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden is greeted by her husband Louis HeadProtests have flared across the United States after Monday's decision by a grand jury not to prosecute a white police officer for shooting dead the unarmed black teenager in August. In his first televised interview since the incident, officer Darren Wilson said he feared for his life, that Brown resembled an angry "demon" and had started the confrontation, grabbing for his gun and later rushing toward him.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:40:31 -0500
Inclement weather affecting Thanksgiving travelers

This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at 12:45 a.m. EST shows a long frontal boundary extending from the Atlantic Ocean into the eastern Gulf of Mexico, which is causing a line of rain showers and thunderstorms to develop over the southeastern United States. Behind this front, there is subsidence stabilizing a small area from Wisconsin into the lower Mississippi River Valley which is clearing up the skies. Florida is mainly being affected by the heavy line of thunderstorms with isolated cells off to the east of the Carolinas. A complex low pressure system is also currently over the Northern Plains causing a mixture of rain and snow to fall across this area and other regions of the country. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) One of the busiest, most stressful travel days of the year posed special challenges in the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor as travelers on their way to Thanksgiving celebrations contended with a nor'easter packing rain and snow.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:51:16 -0500
US consumer spending picks up

Consumer spending, driving about two-thirds of US economic output, rose 0.2 percent, matching analysts' consensus estimateWashington (AFP) - US consumer spending rose slightly in October after stalling in September, while personal income growth remained marginal, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:39:26 -0500
AP Source: Redskins to start Colt McCoy over RG3

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) runs from San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)WASHINGTON (AP) Move over, RG3. It's Colt vs. the Colts.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:35:59 -0500
NATO sees Russia ready for Ukraine incursion

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) NATO's top commander says Russia still has enough troops stationed on Ukraine's border to mount a major incursion, and that it is using its military might to affect political developments inside Ukraine.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:32:40 -0500
Lebanese FM: Cyprus may be jihadi transit point

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon, Gebran Bassil, center, listens to the translator as his Cyprus counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides speaks during a press conference at the foreign ministry house in Capital Nicosia, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Bassil is in Cyprus for an official visit. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) Lebanon's foreign minister says more attention should be paid to the possibility of Cyprus becoming a gateway for aspiring foreign jihadis to transit in and out of the Middle East.

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