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The surprising reason today is 'Black Friday'

On Black Friday in 2010, Buy More Stuff campaigners were out in force with signs at the Seattle Westlake Shopping Center, Seattle, Washington, November 26, 2010  (Credit: John Henderson via Flickr)Why is today "Black Friday"? I always thought the day was so named because it helps retailers end the year in "the black." It turns out, we have the Philadelphia police department to thank.

In the early 1960s, it coined the term to describe this annual shopping frenzy. Traffic flooded the streets each year, forcing policemen to work twelve-hour shifts. They invented the title in response. It is not a term of endearment.

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NYC police chief's grandkids to attend Thanksgiving parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014 - turkey float with two pilgrims atop it as seen from Bryant Park at the corner of West 41st Street and 6th Ave, New York City, November 27, 2014 (Credit: S Pakhrin via Flickr)Around 3.5 million people are expected to fill the streets of New York City for today's Thanksgiving Day Parade. An extra 1,300 counter-terrorism and crowd-control police officers are being deployed.

However, authorities state that there is no specific threat against the city. Police commissioner Bill Bratton is so convinced the parade will be peaceful that he is flying in his three- and five-year-old grandchildren from Los Angeles, and will watch the parade with them.

They are two of nearly forty-seven million people expected to travel this holiday season nationwide.

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Newborn baby found in nativity scene

A full-term newborn baby boy, who was swaddled in purple towels and abandoned in the nativity inside the Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill in Queens, was found by Jose Moran, the church custodian just after lunch on Monday, November 23, 2015 (Credit: Father Christopher Heanue of Holy Child Jesus Church) A newborn baby is making national news this Thanksgiving Eve morning. The boy, with his umbilical cord still attached, was found in a nativity scene at a church in New York City. "The church is considered a safe haven for dropoffs," the priest later explained.

The child was taken to a nearby hospital. According to the priest, "There are families within the parish who have inquired as to adopting the baby already. They feel that he was left in the parish and should stay in the parish." The name of the congregation: Holy Child Jesus Church.

Is there a better name for a church?

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Is it safe to travel this week?

A traveler gathers his luggage at the San Francisco International Airport Sunday, San Francisco, November 22, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Numerous reports indicate that Turkey has just shot down a Russian plane near the Turkish-Syrian border. Russian officials deny that the plane had violated Turkish airspace. NATO is convening an emergency meeting in response.

Meanwhile, five people were shot last night near a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis. Militants attacked an Egyptian hotel early this morning, killing three. And the State Department has issued a world-wide travel alert following a month of terrorist attacks on three continents.

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Teenager arrested in murder of pastor's wife

Pastor Davey Blackburn (L) with his wife Amanda Blackburn (R), who was found shot after a home invasion and later died, pose for a photo with their son Weston (Credit: Resonate Church)It was the crime that shocked the nation. Amanda Blackburn was a pastor's wife in Indianapolis. The 28-year-old was the mother of a 15-month-old son and was 12 weeks pregnant with the couple's daughter. She was shot on November 10 during an apparent home invasion and died the next day at a hospital. More than 2,000 people attended her memorial service.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced early this morning that it has arrested an 18-year-old on a preliminary charge of murder. Two other suspects have been arrested in relation to the murder as well.

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