The overall US murder rate in 2020 was around 6.5 homicides per 100,000 people, according to FBI data.

Officers screened 2,311,978 people nationwide yesterday, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, making it the highest checkpoint volume since the low point of the pandemic, which was on April 13, 2020, when only 87,534 people were screened nationwide.

Officials from the National Weather Service predict periods of moderate to heavy rain through Wednesday, as the first in a series of systems move across the region.

More moisture from atmospheric rivers – huge plumes of moisture extending over the Pacific and into the Northwest – is expected to bring up to 3 inches (7.6 cm) of rain in some areas hit by the recent flooding, forecasters said.

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A week and a half after damaging floods in Washington state, forecasters are warning that multiple “atmospheric rivers” threaten to once again drench the Pacific Northwest beginning Thanksgiving Day.
Judge denies Seminole Tribe’s stay on gambling expansion
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On Nantucket, the Bidens visited the Coast Guard station at Brant Point to meet virtually with U.S. servicemembers from around the world and chat with personnel at the station.

As we give thanks for what we have, we also keep in our hearts those who have been lost and those who have lost so much.
This is the second Thanksgiving celebrated in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.

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New maps spark debate over majority-minority districts
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Ethiopia warns US against spreading false information on war
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US expects ‘incredibly close’ ties with next German government

China regulator seeks to avoid US delistings of Chinese firms

Macy’s Thanksgiving parade returns, with all the trimmings
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is returning in full, after being crimped by the coronavirus pandemic last year.
Expanded eligibility boosts US Covid-19 booster shots ahead of holidays