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Thomas Jefferson's manor, Monticello, located in Charlottesville, Virginia.  (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

Behind the facade: Monticello provides peek into the complicated life of Thomas Jefferson

- The Washington Times

The legacy of Thomas Jefferson, our nation’s third president, presents a complicated narrative when seen from the hindsight of two subsequent centuries of progress. How can it be that the same man who penned the almighty words “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” could also, over the course of his lifetime, own hundreds of enslaved blacks at his estate but 120 miles from the nation’s capital?

A character with balloons marches in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Bryan R. Smith)

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade goes off without hitch amid tight NYC security

- Associated Press

Thousands of people lined the streets Thursday amid heavy security including bomb-sniffing dogs and portable radiation detectors as iconic inflatable balloons, costumed characters and clowns floated, marched and danced their way through New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Will Fayette County ever outlive its Chicken Ranch history?

- Associated Press

Ask the delicate question in this pleasant little town on the banks of the Colorado, and, depending on who's answering, you'd think that marvelous Marvin Zindler himself, blue eye-shades and all, had risen from the grave and swaggered over, yet again, from Houston.

In this Thursday, April 28, 2016, photograph, work goes on at the West Elk Mine near Somerset, Colo. The federal government has removed one obstacle to expanding the state's largest coal mine, which provides a glimmer of hope to Colorado's flagging coal industry even though further court challenges are likely. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP)

Expansion of Colorado's largest coal mine clears a hurdle

- Associated Press

Colorado's flagging coal industry got a glimmer of hope when the federal government removed one obstacle to expanding the state's largest mine, but it isn't a done deal, and further court challenges are likely.

This photo released by the Bolivian Soccer Federation Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, shows the doomed BAE 146 Avro RJ85 LaMia jet, registration CP-2933, parked at the Viru Viru airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Oct. 4, 2016. There are indications that the LaMia jet ran out of fuel, moments before crashing into the Andes near Medellin, on Monday evening. It is not known whether the lack of fuel was because they did not have enough for the flight, a leak or for some other reason. (Andres Dorado/Bolivian Soccer Federation via AP)

Bolivia minister: country could face US aviation downgrade

- Associated Press

The U.S. could downgrade the country's aviation safety rating because of irregularities that may have contributed to this week's crash of a chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team, Bolivia's Defense Minister said Saturday.

Miami mega-mall plan: economic miracle or mirage?

- Associated Press

American Dream Miami sees its plan for a massive retail theme park in Northwest Miami-Dade as a historic boost to the county's economy, employing nearly 15,000 people and providing enough over-the-top attractions to rival Orlando.

Nearer and dearer: Maryland's own African-American museums

- Associated Press

A large spotlight has been shining on the Smithsonian's new, crowded and compelling national African American museum in Washington, but that doesn't dim Maryland's own repositories for black history.

Border wall seen as threat to Big Bend beauty, wildlife

Associated Press

Opponents of a vast border wall championed by President-elect Donald Trump say it will impair tourism and conservation efforts at Big Bend National Park and beyond, according to a newspaper report.