AP PHOTOS: A safe and secure Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, led by a giant inflatable Charlie Brown balloon, stepped off Thursday amid heavy crowds and a strong police presence. Costumed characters mingled with revelers and crowds cheered as clowns on bicycles rode by carrying bundles of...

Program trains young garbage collectors amid US shortage

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Like most little boys, Corey Lever liked trucks and his favorite was always the garbage truck….

Wild turkeys that vanished in 1800s return to New England

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Wild turkeys, once common across New England, are back after disappearing from the region in the 19th century and are now regularly spotted in rural fields, suburban neighborhoods and even the airspace above interstate highways….

Opening their homes to Coast Guard recruits for Thanksgiving

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Coast Guard recruits in New Jersey enjoy home-cooked Thanksgiving meals from strangers who welcome them into their homes for a tradition known as Operation Fireside….

Trump, LA mayor talk Olympics, infrastructure, immigration

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and President-elect Donald Trump have talked about immigration, infrastructure and the Olympics in their first phone call since the election….

Scientists go big with first aquatic species map for US West

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — It sounds like a big fish story: a plan to create a biodiversity map identifying thousands of aquatic species in every river and stream in the western U.S….

Trump chooses racial conciliator in UN pick Nikki Haley

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley has developed a national reputation as a racial conciliator who led the charge to bring down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and guided South Carolina through one of its darkest moments, the massacre at a black church….

Police: Woman tried to use pizza as ID to enter town bar

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say a woman tried to use a slice of pizza as a form of identification to get into a college town bar and slapped the bouncer when he refused her entry….

Illinois governor pardons Vietnam pilot convicted as teen

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick McNamee was 17 when the car he was driving crashed in Illinois in 1954, killing his best friend. After pleading guilty to reckless homicide and serving time in jail plus probation, McNamee went on to join the U.S. Marines and Air Force, flying some...

School probes Muslim kindergartner’s mistreatment allegation

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte's public school system is investigating allegations that a kindergarten teacher singled out a 5-year-old student for harassment because he's Muslim….