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Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The heartbroken mother of Michael Brown broke down during protests that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury cleared the police officer who fatally shot her teenage son.

Lesley McSpadden was captured on video screaming and crying in the hours after she learned Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown in August, would not be indicted in the teen’s death.

“They wrong,” she repeated.

“Everyone want me to be calm — do you know how them bullets hit my son, what they did to his body as they entered his body?” she asked. “Nobody had to live through what I lived through.”

“They never gonna care,” she said. “I’ve been here my whole life. I ain’t never had to go through nothing like this.”

Supporters surrounded McSpadden as she broke town in tears, covering her face with her hands. Many screamed profanities and urged the crowd to “burn this b—h down.”

McSpadden’s partner, wearing a green and white shirt, is also seen shouting during the clip and hugging her.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There’s nothing like a day of solid eating to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit. But as family members catch up, they often don’t realize just how many calories they’re devouring over the course of the day.

Experts say people often eat more than a full day’s worth of calories in one gravy-laden feast, in part because overeating is as much a part of the holiday as the turkey.

“I think people would be frowned upon if they were, quote, ‘dieting’ on Thanksgiving,” said registered dietitian Jamie Pope, who teaches nutrition at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee. “It’s kind of a socially acceptable day to indulge.”

It’s a commonly held belief that the average American consumes 3,000 calories during the Thanksgiving meal plus another 1,500 on snacks and drinks, numbers that come from the Calorie Control Council, which is the industry group for diet food companies. That’s 4,500 calories in all, and about 45 percent of them come straight from fat, according to the council.

“The average person may consume enough fat at a holiday meal to equal three sticks of butter,” the Calorie Control Council said in a statement.

But many have contested the 4,500-calorie figure in recent years, including New York Times health reporter Tara Parker-Pope, who in 2012 tried to come up with the most calorie-laden Thanksgiving dinner she could muster, but only came up with 2,486 calories. She concluded the Calorie Control Council’s number was a myth.

The Calorie Control Council did not respond to requests for comment.

Cedric Bryant, chief science officer of the nonprofit American Council on Exercise, did his own calculations and said while 4,500 calories for the day may be “liberal,” eating 3,000 calories during the meal is probably right on target.

“If you look at how people tend to have that feast mentality for the meal I think that is very likely,” Bryant said, adding that if someone had their blood tested after eating Thanksgiving dinner, the fat in it would be elevated for a little while.

Pope said the Calorie Control Council’s count seems “inflated,” but that doesn’t make this a diet meal by any stretch. Pope said the basics of the meal aren’t terrible for you, but the embellishments and the second helpings are enough to put the meal over the edge.

A day of overeating won’t hurt in the long run, unless it’s the start of a six-week holiday binge, she said. Then, the 2 or 3 pounds people gain during the holidays might not come off once January comes around.

Pope recommends people enjoy the festivities but simply be aware of how much they’re eating. She said she never recommends weight loss as a goal for the holiday season because between the treats and the lack of exercise because of cold weather and limited daylight, the best that can be expected is weight maintenance.

“You don’t have to go hog wild but also realize this shouldn’t be the impetus for the loss of constraint going forward,” she said. “You don’t want to go paranoid into the holidays. People just have to be aware.”

Bryant also recommended going on a run in the morning and taking a walk after the big dinner.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, many will see unsettled weather on Wednesday that could interrupt their travel plans.

Snow is expected to fall on I-35 from Minneapolis to Des Moines, Iowa and on I-94 through Wisconsin. Also, I-5 from Seattle to Portland, Oregon will be wet with occasional pounding due to heavy rain forecast there. I-90 will be snow covered through the northern Rockies as well.

On the East Coast, a significant Nor’easter is set to hit.

From Orlando, Florida to Raleigh, North Carolina on I-95 it will be heavy rain with local flooding possible. I-95 from Washington, D.C. to New York will begin to see rain as early as Wednesday morning, with showers arriving in Boston in the late morning.

As the cold air moves into the Northeast, rain will change to snow in the early afternoon for most major cities. There are possible accumulations in parts of the Northeast: Washington, D.C. could see 1 to 2 inches, Philadelphia 1 to 3, New York City 3-6 and Boston 3-6 inches as well.

Thanksgiving Day will be mostly dry for the I-95 corridor, but snow will be flying on I-94 on Thursday from the Dakotas to Minnesota and Wisconsin with a few inches possible there.

For the West coast, it will be a wet ride on I-5 from Seattle to San Francisco with heavy rain, especially in Washington and Oregon. Minor flooding is possible.

If you are traveling over the northern Rockies on I-90 from Seattle to Billings, Montana, watch out for some snow covered roads as you go over Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes.

Most of the South will be dry on Thanksgiving from Orlando to Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles.

For your return trip on Sunday, most of the country will be in a good shape. I-95 corridor will be dry from Florida to Maine. The only trouble spot will be the West Coast, where heavy rain is possible on I-5 from Seattle to San Francisco and even some rain possible in Southern California late Sunday night.

For the Great Lakes and Northern Plains, snow showers are possible with 1-2 inches of snow accumulation. With milder air further east, rain showers are possible in Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.

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Courtesy Donya McCoy(PITTSBURGH) — Born with a rare metabolic disease that rendered eating protein poisonous, 3-year-old Kennedy Stevenson was never able to appreciate a good bite of Thanksgiving turkey.

But all of that is about to change thanks to a liver transplant she received two weeks ago from her mother’s Facebook friend.

“She just ate a chicken finger for the first time ever,” her mother, Donya McCoy, told ABC News Tuesday from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where Kennedy underwent her transplant and will remain an inpatient through the holidays.

Kennedy wasn’t so sure about the chicken, McCoy said, but she loved her first taste of chocolate milk.

“Her eyes got big and she just kept sucking the straw,” McCoy said. “She didn’t want to stop.”

Kennedy was diagnosed with a rare metabolic disorder called S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase deficiency. It’s so rare that only eight people have ever been diagnosed with it, six of whom are still alive today, McCoy said.

The enzyme deficiency prevents Kennedy from processing protein normally, leading to a buildup of other toxic substances in her system and causing degenerative neurological effects over time, said Dr. George Mazariegos, chief of pediatric transplantation at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Although other doctors had changed Kennedy’s diet to eliminate protein and make it “stricter than vegan,” McCoy said they decided that a liver transplant was her best chance for survival because the deficiency was concentrated in her liver tissue.

In the two weeks since the transplant, McCoy said doctors told her the new liver was “kicking butt.” Levels of the toxic byproduct that used to build up because Kennedy couldn’t process protein are way down, even when she eats chicken and chocolate milk, McCoy said.

“She can now have turkey and stuffing,” McCoy said. “It’s just going to be really special that she can eat a Thanksgiving dinner.”

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Digital Vision/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — The FBI has arrested a Minneapolis college student and charged another man — who is still overseas — for allegedly being part of a conspiracy to help ISIS, authorities said.

Abdullah Yusuf, 18, of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, was arrested Tuesday as part of a broader FBI investigation in Minnesota targeting “numerous individuals” there who have tried to join ISIS or had successfully made their way to war-torn Syria and Iraq, where the terrorist group is wreaking havoc and radicalizing others around the world through online propaganda.

According to federal authorities, Yusuf knew another Minnesota man who went to Syria in March — and two months later Yusuf tried to go there himself.

This past spring, Yusuf obtained a passport and bought an airline ticket to Turkey, where he would find his way into Syria, according to federal prosecutors.

On May 28, after his father dropped him off at school, Yusuf made his way to the airport, but the FBI caught up to him there and told him he couldn’t leave for Turkey, authorities said.

Charges against 20-year-old Abdi Nur were also announced on Tuesday. According to charging documents, he left for Turkey in May. He was supposed to return to the United States in June, but he never came back.

“More than 16,000 recruits from over 90 countries traveled to Syria to become foreign terrorist fighters with alarming consequences,” said the head of the Justice Department National Security Division, John Carlin. “This is a global crisis and we will continue our efforts to prevent Americans from joining the fight and to hold accountable those who provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There’s a new treatment for saggy, creased skin around the mouth that works from the inside out to tighten soft tissue and produce a smoothing effect on the surface.

Dr. Christine Lee, a dermatologist, helped pioneer a new treatment that’s known as the inside-out face lift.

The procedure uses a laser that delivers targeted heat from inside the mouth, Lee says.

Jacki Adams, a popular model during the 1980s, has posed on the covers of magazines including Vogue and Elle, but years of outdoor sports exposed her face to days of wind and sun.

With plans to return to acting, Adams hoped to smooth out some facial lines.

“I prefer to look good for my age, rather than look another age,” she said.

Adams visited Dr. Lee at her Walnut Creek, California practice, The East Bay Laser & Skin Care Center, Inc.

“When you go inside the mouth, what it does is causes immediate contracting, and that tightening makes this nasal labial folds by the side of the mouth seem like they’re plumping up,” Lee said as she performed the 30-minute procedure.

ABC’s Good Morning America spoke to some doctors who were skeptical of the procedure. They said patients could get better results from lasers used directly on the skin, or from less expensive treatments such as fillers.

“The general consensus is that with laser therapies, that is best accomplished from the outside in not the inside out, but again, it’s a new procedure. I think people should proceed with caution until we know more,” ABC News’ Dr. Jennifer Ashton said.

Lee says her procedure “has some of the same effects a filler does but appears much more natural, and you’re not having to inject a foreign substance in your face.”

Her patients undergo several treatments that cost about $1,500 per session. Results can last for months, she said.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — While Americans are split on President Obama’s immigration action made earlier this week, the Commander in Chief’s approval rating is nearing an all-time low, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday.

Asked — prior to the announced executive order — whether Obama should use executive order to address the immigration issue should Congress fail to act, 45 percent of respondents said the president should take matters into his own hands, while 48 percent said he should not.

Overall, support for undocumented immigrants has begun to erode, with 48 percent of American voters saying that they should be allowed to stay in the country with a path to citizenship — the lowest that figure has ever been in a Quinnipiac University poll and down from 57 percent in November 2013. Approximately 11 percent of respondents said undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay but should not be allowed to apply for citizenship, while 35 percent believe that they should be forced to leave the U.S. — the highest that figure has ever been.

Obama’s approval rating has also dipped, as American voters gave him a 39-54 percent negative approval rating. His lowest-ever approval rating in a Quinnipiac University poll is 38-57 percent negative.

Only Democrats and voters under the age of 30 gave the president a positive approval rating.

Also of note, the poll found that Americans are strongly against the U.S. paying ransoms to terrorists holding American hostages — 70 percent of American voters said the U.S. should never do so, while just 21 percent said the nation should pay the ransoms.

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Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., won’t be serving up turkey at his Thanksgiving table — or mac and cheese, or pumpkin pie.

The vegetarian senator announced on Twitter that he’s committing to a vegan diet until the end of the year.

Vegan until end of yr at least. Vegetarian for last 22yrs MT @NickPatrickNYC Are u a vegan? I never knew this. I’m moving to mostly veg diet

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 23, 2014

That means he’ll have to find vegan recipes for his Thanksgiving menu and find them fast since the holiday is only two days away.

“For my first vegan Thanksgiving,” Sen. Booker said in an Instagram video, “I am now going to transition out of some of my old time favorites. …I don’t know exactly what it’s going to be yet.”

A video posted by Cory Booker (@corybooker) on Nov 11, 2014 at 11:27am PST

Though the 45-year-old politician has been meat-free since before he was the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, this is the first time he’s excluding dairy from his diet and vowing to stick to it. During a question-and-answer session on the site Reddit, Booker admitted going vegan once before, but caving in quickly.

Already three weeks in, the senator, re-elected earlier this month, tweeted that he loves his “vegan experiment” and he’s learning a lot. He also has been re-tweeting recipes.

He’s even promoting a petition on Change.org to get the Vermont ice cream company Ben and Jerry’s to make a vegan flavor and treating his staff to vegan lunch. The petition for Ben and Jerry’s to include non-dairy ice cream options is approaching 10,000 signatures.

For now, Booker joins the ranks of other vegan politicians — Bill Clinton (though he admits to cheating sometimes), Al Gore, former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Within hours of the Missouri prosecutor announcing the grand jury’s decision to clear a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder issued a statement assuring the public that his department’s own investigations into the matter were still underway.

“The federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now,” he said in a statement Monday night. “We have avoided prejudging any of the evidence [and]…we have resisted forming premature conclusions.”

But Holder’s statement also acknowledged a reality about federal law in such cases: “[It] imposes a high legal bar.”

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is separately conducting two investigations related to the matter.

First, federal investigators are looking into whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson used unreasonable force when he killed Brown on Aug. 9. But building a case like that is particularly challenging, especially since prosecutors would need to prove that Wilson intended from the start to violate Brown’s constitutional rights.

Second, federal investigators are taking a hard look at the Ferguson police department, trying to determine whether officers routinely engage in a “pattern or practice” of unlawful and discriminatory policing.

So the decision on criminal charges “is not the end of this,” said William Yeomans, a former Justice Department official who spent 26 years prosecuting federal civil rights cases.

Officers in Ferguson have allegedly been more likely to stop and arrest a black driver than a white driver. And the police force of nearly 50 has hired only a few black officers.

Depending on what federal investigators conclude and how city officials respond, a civil lawsuit could be filed by the Justice Department and a federal court could demand Ferguson police make big transformations.

“I think there’s an opportunity for systemic change here,” Yeomans said. “[It’s] where big change can come.”

Brown’s family could also consider filing a civil lawsuit against Wilson or the Ferguson police department, accusing them of taking part in a wrongful death.

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Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(NEW YORK) — Celebrities expressed sadness, frustration and disappointment across social media Monday after a grand jury in Missouri declined to bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

Here are just some of the reactions:

Basketball star LeBron James used the opportunity to harken back to the 2012 shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, posting an editorial cartoon on Instagram of Martin and Brown walking together with their arms draped across each other’s shoulders.

“As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time!!” James wrote. “I’m so sorry to these families. Violence is not the answer people. Retaliation isn’t the solution as well. #PrayersUpToTheFamilies #WeHaveToDoBetter”

Grammy-winner Pharrell Williams tweeted, “I’m heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let’s all pray for peace.”

Sleepy Hollow star Orlando Jones echoed the sentiment, and also suggested, “#NoJusticeNoProfit Maybe it’s time to redefine Black Friday & flip the script on how & where we spend our dollars. #BlackLivesMatter.”

Like many, Cher disagreed with the grand jury’s decision, but also spoke out against the protests that followed.

“Violence is NOT the ANSWER!,” she tweeted. “VOTE 2Change State Laws.There Must b Change in Attitude & BALANCE In Police & Lawmakers!”

Chris Rock was among the most vocal in reacting online to the Ferguson verdict, tweeting numerous responses to the grand jury announcement, including, “Doesn’t take 100 days to decide if murder is a crime, it takes 100 days to figure out how to tell people it isn’t……” He also added, “now everybody after all this is over make sure to tweet about it for 3 days and then forget it ever happened like we do every time.”

His tweets continued Tuesday morning, including one that included a video of orderly Ferguson protesters, with the caption, “Peaceful protesters didn’t make it to television.”

A few minutes later, Rock tweeted, “Pretty good morning so far. Bumped into a cop in line at Starbucks and didn’t get shot six times. #Ferguson.”

In response to the flurry of opposing tweets that followed, Rock added just six minutes later, “Following someone on Twitter and complaining about what they tweet about is like calling someone to tell them you don’t want to talk to them.”

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