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Police officers stand near the site where balloons are being inflated for the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Sand-filled sanitation trucks and police sharpshooters will mix with glittering floats and giant balloons at a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that comes in a year of terrible mass shootings and a deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Macy’s parade begins with balloons, bands and security

- Associated Press

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade stepped off Thursday with soaring balloons and high-stepping bands as police went all-out to secure it in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots.

Rodin Trio.  (Jon H. Davis/Northern Lights Studio)

Philadelphia museums reflect on Rodin a century after his death

On the centennial of the death of Auguste Rodin (1849-1917), museums worldwide are featuring special exhibitions paying homage to the “father of modern sculpture.” Stateside, Philadelphia museums are rolling out several exhibits in tribute to the French master.

President John F. Kennedy, left, walking a path at Camp David with Dwight D. Eisenhower on April 22, 1961. The two met to discuss the Bay of Pigs invasion. Associated Press/Paul Vathis)

‘Inside Camp David’ from FDR thru Trump

- Associated Press

From re-smoothing rumpled snow to dressing walkways with perfectly imperfect fallen leaves, much goes into creating a soothing - and orderly and secure - rustic mountain retreat for U.S. presidents.

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Gov. Baker calls for passage of cellphone driving ban

- Associated Press

Gov. Charlie Baker threw his support for the first time on Tuesday behind a proposal that would ban motorists in Massachusetts from holding their cellphones while they drive.

Ahjani Yepa, a Jemez Pueblo member, testifies in opposition of a proposed ordinance that would govern oil and gas development in Sandoval County as others raise their fists in solidarity during a County Commission meeting in Bernalillo, N.M., on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Critics of the ordinance say it does not go far enough to protect groundwater resources. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Tribal leaders take aim at oil and gas development

- Associated Press

Native American activists and tribal leaders from around New Mexico are joining the chorus of environmentalists who have been fighting for years to stop oil and gas development.

Yellowstone mining opponents press Gianforte to join cause

- Associated Press

Opponents of two gold mines proposed near Yellowstone National Park pressed Tuesday for Montana's lone U.S. House member to seek federal legislation to withdraw public lands near the park from future mining.

From left, Vatican's spokesman Greg Burke, Secretary General of China Culture Industrial Investment Fund Zhu Jiancheng, and Chinese artist Yan Zhang sit during a press conference at the Vatican, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. The Vatican and China have announced a first-ever exchange of artworks for exhibits in Beijing and the Vatican Museums, as the two states forge ahead with soft diplomacy amid a stalemate in negotiations to heal decades of diplomatic estrangement. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Vatican, China exchange art amid stall in hard diplomacy

- Associated Press

The Vatican and China are planning a first-ever exchange of artworks for exhibits in China and the Vatican Museums, as the two states forge ahead with soft diplomacy amid a stalemate in negotiations to heal decades of diplomatic estrangement.

FILE - In this file photo taken Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, North Korean officials wait for passengers to board an Air China flight at Pyongyang airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. State-owned airline Air China suspended flights Tuesday between Beijing and North Korea due to a lack of demand, deepening the North's isolation amid mounting U.N. sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs.(AP Photo/ Greg Baker, File)

Air China suspends North Korea flights, deepening isolation

- Associated Press

State-owned airline Air China suspended flights Tuesday between Beijing and North Korea due to a lack of demand, deepening the North's isolation amid mounting U.N. sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs.