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A winter storm that wreaked travel chaos across the US northeast wound down Thursday, but hundreds of thousands of people were left without power on the Thanksgiving holiday. About 300,000 people suffered power outages in the wake of the storm, Accuweather.com reported. Hard-hit areas included New Hampshire, where the public utility company said about 174,000 were affected as of noon Thursday. Central Maine Power said 74,000 customers were without electricity.
By Nick Tattersall and Ece Toksabay ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Pope Francis begins a visit to Turkey on Friday with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. His three-day trip comes as Islamic State insurgents have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria just over Turkey's southern borders, declaring an Islamic caliphate and killing or driving out Shi'ite Muslims, Christians and others who do not share their ultra-radical brand of Sunni Islam. ...
Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday to observe Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts at times with Dr. Seuss quotes and gathering for church services and turkey giveaways — a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.