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Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation against ISPanthers still perfect, Romo hurt again in 33-14 Dallas loss (Yahoo Sports)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and France's President Francois Hollande shake hands after their news conference following the talks in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.Putin and visiting French President Francois Hollande agreed to share intelligence information and cooperate on selecting targets in the fight against the Islamic State group, raising hope for closer ties between Moscow and the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group following the Paris attacks. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Carolina Panthers' Derek Anderson (3) and Joe Webb (14) celebrate with Cam Newton (1) after Newton scored a touchdown on a running play during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Cam Newton sprinted to a corner of the $1.2 billion showplace of the Dallas Cowboys, pointing a camera at celebrating Carolina fans while gesturing to them with a wide smile. A few minutes later, a somber Tony Romo talked to reporters with his left arm in a sling for the second time this season because of a collarbone injury. The Panthers are 11-0 after a 33-14 victory in their Thanksgiving debut, and the Cowboys could be facing another long stretch without Romo in what has become a lost season for the defending NFC East champions.

Russia-Turkey Relations Heading Into 'Dead-End,' Putin Says as Turkey Refuses to Apologize for Downing PlaneStafford throws 5 TD passes, Lions beat Eagles 45-14 (Yahoo Sports)

Russia-Turkey Relations Heading Into 'Dead-End,' Putin Says as Turkey Refuses to Apologize for Downing PlaneThe remarks came as Moscow tightened control on the import of Turkish goods and threatened widespread economic retaliation in the wake of a Russian bomber being shot down by Turkish jets and Turkey refused to apologize for the incident. Putin described Turkey’s government as "a sponsor of terrorism", saying it profited from the sale of oil by ISIS, and criticized Turkey for refusing to apologize for the shooting down. "We have the impression that the Turkish government is deliberately driving relations with Russia into a dead-end," Putin told a televised gathering of new foreign ambassadors, freshly arrived in Moscow.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) sprints out looking for a receiver during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Matthew Stafford dropped back and perfectly lofted the ball where only Calvin Johnson could catch it. Johnson leaped to come down with the 25-yard pass in the end zone for the first of a career-high matching three touchdown receptions, Stafford tied a personal best with five scoring passes, and the surging Detroit Lions kept the Philadelphia Eagles reeling with a 45-14 rout Thursday. The Lions (4-7) have won three straight since firing their team president and general manager, and three in a row in their annual Thanksgiving game.

Police detain two over Mali hotel attack: security sourcesForte, Jeffery active for Bears against Packers; Rolle out (Yahoo Sports)

French special forces stand guard outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015, after it was beseiged by jihadistsMalian special forces arrested two suspects Thursday over a siege at a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako that left 20 people dead, security sources said. "Two suspects linked to the attack last week at the Radisson hotel have just been arrested and they are being interrogated," one of the sources told AFP. The identity of the suspects and their alleged role in Friday's jihadist attack on the 190-room Radisson Blu hotel was not immediately known.

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte warms up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Chicago running back Matt Forte and receiver Alshon Jeffery are active for the Bears' game Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers.

Thanksgiving shopping crowds 'good not great'; online sales strongFavre throws kind words at Packers successor, Rodgers (Yahoo Sports)

Shoppers wait to enter Macy's Herald Square store during the early opening of the Black Friday sales in the Manhattan borough of New YorkPITTSBURGH/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Retailers across the United States offered early Black Friday discounts to lure bargain-hunters on Thanksgiving eve, but initial checks showed crowds in brick-and-mortar stores were subdued even as online sales jumped. "It's still early, and from what we are seeing so far the crowds are good but not great," said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners. At the Toys R Us in New York's Times Square, a line of about 200 shoppers, hemmed in by barricades, stretched to the corner of 45th Street and toward Sixth Avenue, where the Macy's Inc Thanksgiving Day parade had ended a few hours earlier.

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2007, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre reacts to a 46-yard touchdown pass during an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Green Bay, Wis. Favre, Terrell Owens and Alan Faneca are semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. The group of 25 semifinalists was announced Tuesday, Nov. 24, by the Canton, Ohio, shrine. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Brett Favre threw some kind words at the man who replaced him at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. ''I mean that with all due respect,'' Favre said. Favre lauded Rodgers at an event for the Rawhide Boys Ranch, an organization that helps at-risk boys in Wisconsin.

New York's Thanksgiving parade draws huge crowd amid tight securityRobinson leads Monmouth to 70-68 upset of No. 17 Notre Dame (Yahoo Sports)

New York Police Department officers stand watch from a building as a float proceeds high above spectators along 6th Ave during the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New YorBy Kylie Gumpert and Alexander Besant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crowds of spectators watched the marching bands, floats and giant balloons of Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, held without incident under tight security almost two weeks after deadly attacks in Paris. President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans on Wednesday they were safe to travel over the holiday.. Police, who were patrolling in record numbers, arrested a 41-year-old Russian tourist for flying a drone in Central Park near the parade route with his son, 14. Police walked alongside many parade groups and helicopters hovered overhead amid enhanced security following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

Monmouth coach King Rice leaps as he runs off the court after Monmouth defeated Notre Dame 70-68 in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Monmouth's 900th win was a special one.

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Unfair Questions or Democracy At Work ?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -- The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One

Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.

Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.


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