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Austin Texas police respond to reported shooting

cbsnews.com — Police in Austin, Texas, asked residents to avoid part of the downtown area early Friday morning as they responded to a reported shooting incident. A tweet sent by the Austin Police Department said officers were responding to a "critical incident... involving APD Headquarters." "APD Headquarters has been evacuated.

Ferguson grand jury documents show inconsistencies in witness testimony

cbsnews.com — FERGUSON, Mo. -- Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @CBSNews: Some witnesses to shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson changed their stories in testimony: cbsn.ws/1yjBTgg pic.twitter.com/C0qAHCbHmb

Adult smoking rate drops to new low in U.S.

cbsnews.com — Although fewer American adults are smoking overall, certain groups, such as those below poverty level, are lighting up more.
Nov 27, 2014

States spend less than 2% of the $25 billion they get from #tobacco taxes and settlement on anti-smoking programs cbsnews.com/news/adult-smo…

Phillip Hughes, cricket player, dies from "catastrophic" head injury

cbsnews.com — SYDNEY - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died Thursday from a "catastrophic" injury to his head, two days after being struck by a delivery during a match. Australia captain Michael Clarke, trying to compose himself several times, read a brief statement on behalf of Hughes' parents, brother and sister at a news conference at St.
Nov 27, 2014

Terribly sad RT @CBSTopNews Cricket player dies from "catastrophic" head injury after being hit by ball cbsn.ws/1vUBO4b

Nov 27, 2014

RT @CBSTopNews: Cricket player dies from "catastrophic" head injury after being hit by ball cbsn.ws/1vUBO4b

​Authorities: Man had stun guns, machete in luggage

cbsnews.com — NEW YORK -- Security officials say they found two stun guns, a machete and other weapons in a man's checked baggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the baggage belonged to a man heading to Dubai and the items were found by Transportation Security Administration agents.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @CBSTopNews: JFK passenger arrested for having stun guns, machete in luggage cbsn.ws/1rwloOz

Pregnant woman struck by car dies but baby lives

cbsnews.com — PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh authorities say a pregnant woman sitting outside a drugstore died when an elderly driver trying to park jumped the curb and pinned her against the wall. Doctors delivered her nearly full-term baby, who remained in critical condition Wednesday night. A hospital spokeswoman said no information would be released Thursday.
Nov 27, 2014

Elderly driver accidentally pins pregnant woman to wall; woman dies, baby lives, @AP rpts: cbsnews.com/news/pregnant-… pic.twitter.com/WOegnBaSZI

Nov 27, 2014

RT @CBSNews: Pregnant woman struck by elderly driver dies, but baby lives cbsn.ws/1psuL0f

NFL player's Facebook post on grand jury's decision not to charge Ferguson cop Darren Wilson in Michael Brown shooting goes viral

cbsnews.com — NEW ORLEANS -- Saints tight end Benjamin Watson's post on Facebook about the Ferguson decision and protests in Missouri has gone viral. The 33-year-old player wrote the post after the Monday Night Football game against the Baltimore Ravens. It's since been shared by more than 370,000 people and liked nearly 700,000 times.

Kindness of strangers helps Ferguson begin recovery

cbsnews.com — After a traumatic few days, Ferguson is starting the healing process, with help from strangers from near and far
Nov 27, 2014

"It's a symbol of unity and strength of Ferguson" Good Samaritans lend a hand after protests: cbsn.ws/1xY6h0G pic.twitter.com/Im24GbKGRx

No quit for the "Queen of Carbon"

cbsnews.com — Medal of Freedom recipient Mildred Dresselhaus, 84, continues to inspire women in the field of science

Pele hospitalized in Brazil

cbsnews.com — 74-year-old moved to special care unit after condition became unstable; personal spokesman says it was just to provide more privacy
Nov 27, 2014

RT @CBSNews: Soccer icon Pele shifted to special care unit in Sao Paolo hospital as he battles infection cbsn.ws/1rsqfjR pic.twitter.com/qW2nvCqcmP

Severe weather causes holiday headaches

cbsnews.com — A winter storm in the Northeast frustrated travelers on the busy Thanksgiving holiday and knocked out power to more than 300,000 homes and businesses. WBZ's Katie Brace reports from Boston.

What's for Thanksgiving dinner at the White House?

cbsnews.com — The menu is heavy on some classic favorites, but it includes a few unique twists
Nov 27, 2014

Ever wonder what the President eats on #Thanksgiving... MT @CBSNews What's on menu for Thanksgiving at White House? cbsn.ws/15E6mMC

FAA: More pilots reporting close calls with drones

cbsnews.com — The government is getting a surge of complaints of drones interfering with larger aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration tells CBS News it is receiving 25 reports a month from pilots who have seen drones or model planes near their aircraft. Jeff Pegues reports.

Non-profit helps former gang members cook up new lives for themselves

cbsnews.com — LOS ANGELES -- Gordy Abriel never thought he'd become a baker. Until recently, the 26-year-old never thought he'd amount to anything. Abriel grew up in southern California and joined a gang at just 13 years old. He spent much of his life in juvenile detention and prison.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @CBSNews: Former LA gang members are cooking up new futures with help from a non-profit: cbsn.ws/1rw2uap pic.twitter.com/AQseccfGxk

It's a Charlie Brown Christmas for "Ugly" Pennsylvania tree

cbsnews.com — READING, Pa. -- A much-maligned public Christmas tree in Pennsylvania is getting the Charlie Brown treatment. Officials in Reading say the spindly branches will be decorated with a single red ornamental bulb -- just like the scrawny tree in the beloved "Peanuts" holiday tale, at a ceremony on Dec. 6.

NYPD on alert to prevent Thanksgiving parade threats

cbsnews.com — Demonstrators have been threatening to disrupt New York City's Thanksgiving Day parade. Reports say protesters are pumped up after the NYPD arrested only a handful of them during the previous night's protests. Don Dahler is at the start of the parade route.

Nathan Channing arrested after pointing banana at police in Grand Junction, Colorado

cbsnews.com — GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- A man is facing a felony menacing charge, because two Colorado sheriff's deputies say they thought a banana he pointed at them was a gun. Nathan Rolf Channing, 27, was arrested Sunday, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.
Nov 27, 2014

Just happy to see 'em @DRUDGE_REPORT: Man arrested after pointing banana at police... drudge.tw/1y5Ttqq

Ferguson: Michael Brown's family speaks out on shooting, Officer Wilson and grand jury decision

cbsnews.com — Michael Brown's parents are expressing their frustration after Officer Darren Wilson spoke out about having a "clear conscience" following a grand jury decision not to charge Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of their son. "His conscience is clear? How could your conscious be clear after killing somebody even if it was an accidental death?"
Nov 27, 2014

RT @CBSNews: "How could your conscience be clear after killing somebody?" Michael Brown's parents speak with @CBSThisMorning: cbsn.ws/1vm7RHD

Nov 26, 2014

RT @CBSEveningNews: "How could your conscience be clear?" -Michael Brown's mother on Darren Wilson cbsn.ws/1ybFXPH #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/Nb5CtMX5sK

Nov 26, 2014

Our interview on @CBSThisMorning w/ the family of Michael Brown following Officer Wilson being cleared in his death: cbsnews.com/news/ferguson-…

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Why an attitude of gratitude can help your health

cbsnews.com — Surprising research offers some good news about your health on Thanksgiving. New York Times science columnist John Tierney joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the health benefits of giving thanks.
Nov 27, 2014

For all of you feeling grateful today, keep it up... our @cbsthismorning segment on the benefits of gratitude: cbsnews.com/videos/why-an-…