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PolitiFact: Turkeys today are more than twice as fat as they were in the 1930s, Mother Jones says

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The statement “Turkeys today weigh 29.8 pounds. In the ‘30s, they weighed 13.2 pounds.” — Mother Jones on Monday, November 24th, 2014 in a Facebook post Our ruling Those figures, in fact, are the latest-available federal figures. “Today” is actually a reference to 2012, but the preliminary figure for 2013 is even higher, at 30.3 pounds. We rate the statement True. To read the full fact check, go to www.politifact.com/wisconsin. …

Ski industry excited by snowstorm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ski areas across northern New England were giddy yesterday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing the resort has …

Season’s first snow storm hits flights, power

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The season’s first major snowstorm lumbered into New Hampshire yesterday, promising up to a foot of snow in some places, choking off travel plans and knocking out power to tens of thousands of people. Gov. Maggie Hassan said given that the peak of the storm was expected between 4 and 6 p.m. – …

Heart procedure for Ginsburg revives talk of replacement

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court. Ginsburg was expected back at work on Monday, but her …

Israel may revoke benefits

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Israel’s prime minister says he will work to revoke residency rights and social benefits of people who commit politically motivated violence and those who support them. Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal, made in parliament Wednesday, appeared to be aimed at Palestinians in east Jerusalem. East Jerusalem Palestinians have carried out …

Cleveland: Officer who shot boy identified

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun that looked like a real firearm was ordered three times to show his hands before he was fatally shot by an officer, Cleveland police said Wednesday as they released surveillance video …

At 1 month, Ebola monitors in U.S. finding no cases

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For three weeks, Dr. John Fankhauser and his family lived in two RVs in a meadow in North Carolina, watching movies, playing cards and huddling around a fire pit — with no other campers around. But their isolation …

Key Hong Kong democracy protesters arrested

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Police arrested key student leaders as they cleared the most volatile of Hong Kong’s three pro-democracy protest camps on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the 2-month-old movement in the former British colony. On the second day of the …

Researchers discover ‘pre-cancers’ in blood

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Many older people silently harbor a blood “pre-cancer” – a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which …

Missouri: More Guard troops roll into Ferguson

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hundreds of additional National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson, Mo., yesterday, a day after protesters looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police …

Can OPEC members unite to raise oil prices?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day. The 12-member group’s purpose is to coordinate how much oil is produced in order to keep prices high …

Thanksgiving Day deals likely to trump Black Friday discounts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales …

A GOP shift on immigration

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing. Less than two years ago, party leaders solemnly declared after an exhaustive study that the GOP “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” It was critical for the party’s survival, they said, to address an issue that was paramount …