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“American Horror Story” Actress, Smallest Woman Jyoti Amge Dislikes Being Treated ‘Like I’m a Baby’

“American Horror Story” Actress, Smallest Woman Jyoti Amge Dislikes Being Treated ‘Like I’m a Baby’

Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup/FX(NEW YORK) -- Actress Jyoti Amge weighs 11 pounds, stands 2 feet tall and, according to Guinness World Records, is the world's smallest woman.Amge, 20, is also the newest star on American Horror Story: Freak Show, where she plays Ma Petite."She [Amge] didn't have any reservations because even though the name of the show is 'Freak Show,' nobody is a freak here," Amge's translator told Entertainment Tonight.That said, the Indian actress' new fame does come with some downsides."When people see me on TV, they become very happy because they don't have to interact with me," Amge's translator added. "When they start interacting with me they ask me questions like I'm a baby or treat me like I'm a baby and hold me like I'm a baby."Amge doesn't want to be treated like a doll or a baby. The young actress just wants to be treated normally.In an October promotional video, Amge said she only gets "mad when someone annoys me by touching my hair or keeps touching me without permission."

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday Store Hours You Should Know

Thanksgiving, Black Friday Store Hours You Should Know

Michael Nagle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Though most retailers are offering holiday weekend discounts online, millions of people still enjoy shopping outings with friends or family on Black Friday, and increasingly, Thanksgiving day. If so, this list is for you.Before you camp out to snag a door-buster deal, be sure to check your local listings for store hours and purchasing restrictions. The biggest deals may be restricted to one per person.Here are some store hours for national retailers that are open on Thanksgiving and or Black Friday:Best BuyBest Buy will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Nearly all of Best Buy's 1,000 stores in 47 states will remain open until 1 a.m. on Friday. Stores will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday and close at 10 p.m. that day.BJ'sBJ's clubs, closed on Thanksgiving, will open at 7 a.m. on Friday and close at 10 p.m.BurlingtonFormerly Burlington Coat Factory, Burlington will be closed on Thanksgiving and open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday.CostcoCostco warehouses will be closed on Thanksgiving, but they have the autonomy to open earlier (not later) than usual on Black Friday. Most locations will be open 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. this Friday.Dillard'sDillard's will be closed on Thanksgiving and open on Friday at 8 a.m.GameStopGameStop will be closed on Thanksgiving but open at 12:01 a.m. on Black Friday.JCPenneyMany JCPenney stores will be open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day until 10 p.m. on Friday.Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft StoresJo-Ann stores will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, after being closed on Thanksgiving. For the first time, stores will open at 6 a.m. Wednesday, too.KmartKmart has opened at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day for the past four years. Stores will then be open for 42 hours.Kohl'sKohl's will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday.Macy'sMacy's will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.Pier 1 ImportsPier 1 is closed on Thanksgiving and its doors are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, though some locations will vary.RadioShackRadioShack will open at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving.SearsSears will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday.StaplesStaples will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.TargetTarget will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday.WalmartOn Thursday, Walmart will open at 6 p.m.

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How to Keep Your Credit Card Information Safe from Cyber Criminals

How to Keep Your Credit Card Information Safe from Cyber Criminals

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's the most wonderful time of the year -- until your credit card information is compromised.An estimated 140 million American shoppers are expected to start their holiday shopping in stores and online over Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.While many of us are dreaming of deals, it's important to remember that cyber criminals are on the prowl, targeting unsuspecting shoppers and trying to steal their passwords and credit card information."If you're shopping at a site you haven't been to before, you kind of do so at your own peril," Tim Ryan, a former FBI investigator and managing director of the cyber investigations practice at Kroll, told ABC News.

While it doesn't necessarily mean avoiding those sites, it's important to make sure they're secure before entering any personal information.Many browsers show this by displaying a padlock icon near the address bar or the upper right corner of a window. Another easy way to make sure you're on a secure site is to make sure the URL starts with "https://".Ryan said he advises shoppers to "be hesitant" of reacting to any emails or phone messages they may receive from people claiming to be from a store or their bank."People are going to be sensitive to the timely nature of their purchases and criminals know this," he said.One such example he's seen is a scam email claiming a user's credit card may be deactivated soon unless they click a link that essentially leads them into a criminal's trap."If your bank allows you to get email or text alerts about whenever your card is used, I think that's really an excellent way to monitor what is happening with your card," Ryan said.One of Ryan's other tips for staying safe may surprise shoppers: It's OK to let a trusted website, such as Amazon, store your credit card information."Entering your card once is more secure than you continually having to enter your credit card time and time again," he said.

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Exclusive: Police Officer Darren Wilson Discusses Firing Deadly Shot

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.

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WATCH: Water Buffalo Attacks Biker, Pedestrians and Cars in China

WATCH: Water Buffalo Attacks Biker, Pedestrians and Cars in China

iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- A water buffalo tore through a small southwestern Chinese town in a mad rampage Sunday, chasing down pedestrians and injuring at least 14 bystanders.In surveillance video footage released by state media, the water buffalo is seen wandering in the center of town in Jingyan County located in China’s Sichuan province.In one shot, the buffalo is shown setting its sights on resident Liang Cuirong who was riding past on her bicycle. The animal chased Liang, knocked her off the bike and trampled her repeatedly.The buffalo also reportedly chased another resident before damaging cars and chasing down more passersby.It took four police officers and 10 rounds to take down the buffalo and end the 40-minute-long bovine panic.“We took aim at its head,” Huang Tao, one of the police officers who brought down the buffalo, told state media. “Shot it until it fell down.”Water buffalos are used in the region to till soil. It remains unknown how this particular animal ended up in the middle of Jingyan but authorities are investigating.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Underwent Heart Procedure

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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Snow, Rain Threatening Millions of Thanksgiving Travelers

Snow, Rain Threatening Millions of Thanksgiving Travelers

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Wintry weather is bringing travel delays for many Americans on Wednesday, causing problems on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

As of Wednesday night, 4,624 flights were delayed and 735 were cancelled, according to the flight-tracking company FlightAware.

More than 46 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles away from home in the coming days, the country’s highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2007, according to AAA.Residents along the East Coast should expect heavy rain from a nor’easter, with the rain then changing to snow. Snow is expected across parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and interior New England.Some areas off the Atlantic coastline could see 4 to 8 inches of snow.Snow is also expected in the plains and Midwest, affecting parts of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the northern Rockies. Heavy, occasionally pounding rain is expected in the Pacific Northwest.The East Coast storm is expected to pass through by Thursday, leaving travelers hopeful that their return trips will be uneventful.

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The Most Popular, Non-Turkey Thanksgiving Dishes, by State

The Most Popular, Non-Turkey Thanksgiving Dishes, by State

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For just about everyone, Thanksgiving means a turkey on the table. But if you live in Colorado, Idaho or Nevada, you're probably also looking forward to a big-'ol helping of frog eye salad on the side. Or maybe some persimmon pudding if you're a Hoosier, or pineapple casserole if you live in the Palmetto State.Those are some of the most popular, non-turkey Thanksgiving dishes, by state, according to a survey by The New York Times.

The newspaper enlisted Google's help to do it, asking the Internet search authority to scour Thanksgiving week data going back 10 years, by state, to find the most searched-for, most distinct non-turkey dishes. The New York Times then compiled the data, listing not only the most popular, but also the top 10 contenders.Not all of the results are bizarre-sounding to out-of-staters: there are lots of hits for familiar Thanksgiving dishes like pumpkin pie, candied yams, meat loaves and stuffings. There are also signs of the times, with frequent searches for meatless or gluten-free versions of holiday favorites.

Folks in Tennessee love their spinach maria -- essentially, a cheesy spinach casserole -- but regional desserts like Coca-Cola cake and Butterfinger cake also make their list. 

If you dine in Utah on Thursday, expect some equally cheesy funeral potatoes on the side.

Washington state, not surprisingly, loves their smoked salmon dip, and while pumpkin whoopie pie is popular in lots of New England states, it's nowhere more popular than in Maine and Vermont.The New York Times has the entire survey broken down as an interactive list with links to recipes and other info, as well as a handy map of the U.S. that shows the most popular results, by state, at a glance.

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EPA Proposes Stricter Smog Standards

EPA Proposes Stricter Smog Standards

hxdbzxy/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new smog standards in an effort to safeguard Americans from air pollution on Wednesday."Bringing ozone pollution standards in line with the latest science will clean up our air, improve access to crucial air quality information, and protect those most at-risk," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. "We deserve to know the air we breathe is safe."The current standard deems 75 parts per billion of ozone as acceptable, but the EPA wants to lower that figure, perhaps to 60 parts per billion. At 75 parts per billion, the agency says, individuals can suffer damage to their respiratory system, asthma or aggravated cases of asthma, other long diseases. The EPA says strengthening its standards would prevent at least 320,000 asthma attacks and at least 330,000 missed school days.

The agency expects to hold public hearings and announce final standards by Oct. 1, 2015.

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There’s a Whole New Set of Wrinkles to Worry About

There’s a Whole New Set of Wrinkles to Worry About

Image Source Pink/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Frown lines. Crow's feet. Dynamic expression lines. It's enough to send a person running to the Botox needle. And now there's a whole other wrinkle to worry about. The kind that happen while you sleep.It turns out the notion of "beauty sleep" might be a farce, according to Dr. Goesel Anson, a board certified plastic surgeon.

"Sleep wrinkles are created by the distortion of the face when it's pressed into the pillow surface night after night," she said.But, unlike expression wrinkles, which can be treated by Botox and fillers, Anson said sleep wrinkles can only be prevented. It's a sentiment that's echoed by the American Academy of Dermatology, which suggests sleeping on your back to reduce premature skin aging. Sleeping on your side or your face causes the lines you may notice on your face when you wake up in the morning, the Academy said on its website.

"In time, these lines turn into permanent wrinkles," she said.In other words, not even sunscreen can help you here.Anson said most people move an average of 20 times per night. To prevent this, she created a $180 sleep pillow to prevent mushing of the face during sleep. The JuveRest sleep wrinkle pillow is especially helpful for side and stomach sleepers, the website says. But do sleep pillows really work? It's definitely possible, though Dr. Lisa Donofrio, associate clinical professor in the Department of Dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine, said it would "take many years to evaluate their true efficacy."

"The pillows could work," she said, "by re-distributing pressure and preventing creasing. These pillows seem to help."

Donofrio said she recommends the enVy pillow to her patients.Dr. Patirica Farris said pillows that encourage back sleeping are "definitely beneficial. We see lots of sleep lines that develop on the sides of the cheeks and around the mouth that can be directly attributed to lying on the face."Another suggestion? "Using linens that are satin and slippery makes you less likely to develop wrinkles," Farris said.

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Florida Prepares for Florida State

Florida Prepares for Florida State

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(GAINSVILLE, Fl.) -- Florida is looking to hand Florida State their first loss of the season on Saturday in one of the biggest rivalry games of the weekend.

Gators head coach Will Muschamp is set to step down at seasons end and knows the importance of this game.

"[They're a] really good football team. [I've] got tremendous respect for [Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher] and the job he's done and his staff," Muschamp said. "They've won a bunch in a row. Last time they lost was when the Gators were up there. They've done a outstanding job."

Florida State got all they could handle from Boston College last weekend and Fisher knows that the Gators are pumped up for this game.

"We're going into battle," Fisher said. "These games are going to be dogfights. People are going to try and be the one that knocks us out, knocks us off, got nothing to lose."

Florida is 2-1 on the road this year.  The Seminoles have won six games this year at home.

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

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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Exclusive: Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Tells George Stephanopoulos He’s Having a Baby

Exclusive: Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Tells George Stephanopoulos He’s Having a BabyABC News(NEW YORK) --  Police Officer Darren Wilson, who has been in seclusion since the fatal shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, revealed to Good Morning America Wednesday that he and his new wife are expecting a baby.Wilson, 28, had ea...

HSBC to Pay $12.5 Million Settlement for Providing Unregistered Services

HSBC to Pay $12.5 Million Settlement for Providing Unregistered Services

PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday charged the private banking arm of HSBC with violating the law by failing to register with the SEC before providing investment advisory and cross-border brokerage."HSBC's Swiss private banking unit illegally conducted advisory or brokerage business with U.S. customers," Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC's Division of Enhancement said in a press release. The bank's efforts to prevent registration violations "ultimately failed because their compliance initiatives were not effectively implemented or monitored."HSBC began conducting the business in question over 10 years ago. On at least 40 occasions, the SEC says, HSBC personnel traveled to the U.S. to solicit clients, provide investment advice and induce securities transactions -- actions they were not registered to provide.The SEC says that the bank has agreed to admit to its wrongdoing and that it will pay $12.5 million to settle the charges.

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Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Ferguson; At Least 44 Arrested

Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Ferguson; At Least 44 Arrested

Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Police fired tear gas at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, overnight after a police car was set on fire, as violence erupted in the city for the second consecutive night.Police arrested at least 44 people overnight, including at least four on felony charges, St. Louis County Police chief Jon Belmar said at an early-morning news conference.

"The majority of those arrests were misdemeanors," Belmar said. "Most of those were either failure to obey a lawful order or failure to disperse. We did make four felony arrests...one was an unlawful use of a weapon, and the [others] were assaults against police officers."

Rioting occurred at Ferguson’s city hall building, with windows broken and the police car vandalized, leading officers to fire the tear gas -- the only place where tear gas was used, Belmar said.Other incidents were reported near a memorial for slain teen Michael Brown, as well as an attempted looting at a Walgreen’s store, Belmar said.More than 2,000 National Guardsmen were deployed to Ferguson Tuesday, helping to restore some level of peace in the city. Questions lingering over whether the National Guard troops should have been in place Monday, with Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III calling the delay “deeply disturbing.”“It’s hard to speculate if the National guard came out Monday night, that things would have turned out differently,” Belmar said. Belmar said the violence from Monday night and Tuesday morning reached a scale that "fortunately we've seldom seen here in this country."Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said authorities were caught off guard by the level of violence following a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown, who was unarmed.“None of us could have imagined what had happened Monday night,” Johnson said. “If we had a crystal ball, maybe we would have done things differently.”One factor that hindered firefighting efforts Tuesday morning was gunfire, authorities said. Few gunshots were reported Wednesday morning, Johnson said.The situation in Ferguson has drawn national attention, with rallies and protests held across the country following Monday’s grand jury decision. In Oakland, California, 39 people were arrested for crimes ranging from failure to disperse and public intoxication to burglary and assaulting a police officer.

The Christmas in St. Louis Foundation postponed the Ameren, Missouri, Thanksgiving Day Parade, citing unrest in the community.

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Two FBI Special Agents Shot Near Ferguson

Two FBI Special Agents Shot Near Ferguson

aijohn784/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo.) -- Two FBI special agents were shot during an investigation near Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday morning, FBI Public Affairs Specialist Rebecca Wu confirmed.The agents’ injuries are not life-threatening, Wu said. One of the agents was shot in the shoulder, and the other was shot in the leg.The shooting happened at 2:53 a.m. in a home in University City, located six miles south of Ferguson. The agents were helping the University City Police Department execute an arrest warrant unrelated to nearby protests, Wu said.The protests continue in response to the August police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. New unrest followed Monday’s grand jury decision not to bring charges against officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s shooting death.

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Where Turkeys Go After They’re Pardoned by the President

Where Turkeys Go After They’re Pardoned by the President

seyitali/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- It's a presidential tradition to "pardon" a turkey on the eve of every Thanksgiving -- and now we know where the lucky birds go to retire.After the ceremony at the White House, this year's spared turkey will head to Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. In past years, the birds have gone to George Washington's Mount Vernon."Before that, Disney World. And before that, Disney Land," said Keith Williams, a spokesperson for the National Turkey Federation. "And about maybe 10 or 20 years ago, they went to a petting zoo in the area."The federation works with different farmers each year to send two birds to the White House. One will be pardoned, and the other is a backup. Neither is really at risk of winding up on the First Family's dinner table, Williams said."Everyone calls it 'the pardon,' but it's the presentation of the national Thanksgiving turkey," he said. "We've done this since Truman. I believe it was George H. W. Bush who made an offhand comment that he was going to pardon the turkey, and that's where it became a custom."This year's turkeys will join one of last year's turkeys, Caramel, at Morven Park. The other turkey, the one President Obama chose as the national Thanksgiving turkey, died this past summer."They're not bred for longevity," Williams said. "They're not pets. They're not workhorses. They don't live that long."The turkeys come from an Ohio farm. People vote on the names and the final suggestions are sent to the White House. The White House announced that this year's turkeys are named Mac and Cheese.

Today's the day these turkeys go to the @WhiteHouse and meet President @BarackObama! #PresidentialTurkey14 pic.twitter.com/vTYknWaHO5

— Cooper Farms (@CooperFarms_) November 26, 2014

 

Today is the #WHTurkeyPardon. Cast your vote now for America's next top turkey. Are you on #TeamMac or #TeamCheese? http://t.co/frNyFCH1v6

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 26, 2014

Teresa Davenport of Morven Park said she'll be transporting the turkeys from the White House to the their new home, which is about an hour's drive."I'm bringing them in the back of our van and hoping it's not snowy and rainy," she said.

 

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New Name Added to List of Defense Secretary Candidates

New Name Added to List of Defense Secretary Candidates

US Department of Homeland Security(WASHINGTON) -- At least one new name has shown up on the list of candidates who could potentially replace Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel who announced Monday that he would step down from that role.ABC News has learned that Jeh Johnson, the current Secretary of Homeland Security, may be under consideration for Hagel's old job. Initial reports indicated that Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Michelle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense and Ashton Carter, former Deputy Defense Secretary, were among the candidates for the job. Reed and Flournoy, however, have reportedly told the White House that they are not interested in taking over the Pentagon.

Pentagon spokesperson Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday that Hagel's decision to step down was mutually agreed to by Hagel and President Obama, and that it was not prompted by any policy disagreements.

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Eva Mendes Reveals Meaning Behind Daughter Esmeralda Amada’s Name

Eva Mendes Reveals Meaning Behind Daughter Esmeralda Amada’s Name

Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are just two months into raising daughter Esmeralda Amada, but the actress already says, "these are some of the wildest nights I’ve ever had."Though Mendes says "Esmeralda has two amazing grandmothers and incredible aunties who come over and really help me," the actress is currently raising the baby with a nanny..."for now."This is the first time Mendes has publicly commented on the daughter she welcomed on Sept. 12.

The Hitch actress also revealed why she and Gosling chose their girl's very special name.“Ryan and I both love the Esmeralda character from the Victor Hugo novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and we just think it’s a beautiful name,” the actress, 40, told Violet Grey‘s digital magazine, The Violet Files. "Amada was my grandmother’s name. It means ‘beloved’ in Spanish.”Mendes might be having some sleepless nights raising a baby, but she said it's her daughter who she sympathizes with."Everything is a struggle for her. For instance, I haven’t thrown up since the 90s and she’s thrown up twice since we started this interview,” she said. “Motherhood is cake compared to what it’s like to be a baby.”Finally, Mendes commented on the fact that she worries for her baby's privacy, being the daughter of two high-profile actors."Whether we like it or not, privacy is going to be very difficult for Esmeralda. I think it’s unfair, but that’s our reality," she said.

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Federal Judge Deems Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Federal Judge Deems Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

senky/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- A federal judge on Tuesday ruled against Arkansas' state laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman.Amendment 83 of the Arkansas Constitution defines marriage, court documents say, as "consist[ing] only of the union of one man and one woman." A state law also defines marriage the same way and declares all marriages of same-sex couples as void.The lawsuit was brought by a pair of same-sex couples. One couple, Rita and Pam Jernigan who are married under Iowa state law, want to receive spousal benefits under the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System. Meanwhile the other couple, Becca and Tara Austin, hopes to marry "for the same reasons that many other couples marry: to declare publicly their love and commitment to one another before their family, friends, and community and to give to one another the security and protections that only marriage provides," according to court documents.The Austins say that because Becca is not a biological parent to the twin children they have, and because the two cannot legally marry under Arkansas law, Becca cannot be considered a parent to the children. Court documents also cite reduced family resources and stigmatization as complaints.Each couple had applied for and were denied marriages licenses from the Pulaski County Circuit and County Clerk following the U.S. Supreme Court deemed a part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, eliminating the definition of marriage -- for purposes of federal laws -- to include only opposite-sex couples.Judge Kristine Baker determined that the laws in question "restrict the Jernigans and Austins' fundamental right to marry," and that those lws "unconstitutionally deny consenting adult same-sex couples their fundamental right to marry."Baker did, however, grant a stay, giving the state the opportunity to appeal the ruling.

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