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President Obama, First Lady Talk Gratitude, Military Families and Pumpkin Pie

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — At a time when our country is still at war and facing tumultuous events at home, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama talked with ABC’s Robin Roberts about what Thanksgiving means to them and sharing gratitude, especially for our servicemen and women.

“I think this Thanksgiving time is a time for all of us to reflect on those military gold star families who are having dinner without a loved one there. It’s easy to get lost in the food and the fellowship, but Thanksgiving is a time for reflection,” Michelle Obama said.

“A lot of times during these holidays, I’ll actually make calls to folks who are deployed. We’ll just call ‘em up and say, ‘thank you,’” said the president. “It’s a great idea for every American, every day, but especially during the holiday season. You know, you see a service member — you just go up and say, ‘Thanks, we appreciate it.’ Because the sacrifices they make are extraordinary.”

The president and first lady shared a few fond memories of their families coming together to celebrate the holiday in years past and some of their favorite Thanksgiving foods – but Mrs. Obama said she is not about to share her Thanksgiving pie with her husband.

“She never lets me share dessert,” Obama joked during a pie-tasting in the White House kitchen.

“Cause he eats it like that,” Mrs. Obama laughed. “Look, the crust is gone, everything that makes a pie delicious is gone in his one bite!”

“Do I have to, like, take a small bite because I’m on TV?” the president asked.

This year’s White House Thanksgiving menu includes a grand total of six pies, down from nine last year. On Thanksgiving, the president prefers pumpkin.

“The proper way to eat your pie,” Obama told Roberts, “is you should have just a little whipped cream on top.”

“We go all out on pies. We don’t play with pie,” he said.

“I mean, this is why you work out every day,” Mrs. Obama chimed in.

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FAA Releases Report Detailing Nearly 200 Drone Sightings Since February

estt/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Federal Aviation Administration released a report on Wednesday detailing 194 drone sightings between February and November.

The FAA said in a statement that it receives approximately 25 reports per month of drone sightings by pilots. Most sightings had little to no impact on pilots, though in some cases, the FAA notes, pilots were forced to alter course to avoid an unmanned craft. At least six of the entries reflect “near misses,” including at least one with a commercial aircraft and at least one other with a medevac helicopter.

Approximately 109 of the reports included drones operating more than 500 feet in the air. About 30 instances involved drones within five miles of airports.

“The FAA is in the process of executing a plan for safe and staged integration of unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System,” the agency’s statement said. It pointed to increased awareness by pilots and improved reporting and record keeping for the increased number of reports.

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At Least Five Killed, 30 Injured in Afghanistan Attack on British Embassy Vehicle

Photo by Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — At least five people were killed and 30 injured in an attack on a British Embassy vehicle in Kabul on Thursday.

United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Philip Hammon confirmed the attack, announcing the death of a British national civilian security team member and an Afghan national working for the Embassy. A second British member of the security team was injured in the attack.

“I condemn this appalling attack on innocent civilians supporting our diplomatic activity,” Hammond said. “This outrage brings home to us once again the courage and perseverance of the people of Afghanistan and members of the international community who support them, who have lived together through decades of conflict.”

BBC News reports that three other Afghans were killed and at least 30 more were injured in the attack.

“We will not allow such inhumanity to deter us from continuing our partnership with the Government of Afghanistan,” Hammond vowed. “I have nothing but admiration for the staff of the Embassy, British and Afghan, who work at great personal risk to help build a better future for Afghanistan.”

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Whole Foods Recalls Vegan Pumpkin Pie Product

bhofack2/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Whole Foods stores in four states in the southwestern U.S. are recalling a vegan pumpkin pie products that the company says were mislabeled.

According to a press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Vegan pumpking pie products sold in Whole Foods stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas contain “undeclared walnuts.” Both full- and half-pies were sold in clear packaging and brown, Kraft paper boxes.

The products had “sell by” dates between Oct. 27 and November 30.

The FDA says that there have been no reported allergic reactions or illnesses linked to the sale of the product. Anyone who has purchases the pies from a Whole Foods store in the four affected states can bring a receipt into the store for a full refund.

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Uber Temporarily Suspends Operations in Nevada

Photo by Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images(RENO, Nev.) — Citing a recent court decision, ridesharing company Uber said that it would temporarily suspend service in the state of Nevada.

On Tuesday, a Washoe County District Court judge issued an injunction against the company, preventing it from operating statewide. In a blog post on the company website, Uber blamed “confusion about ridesharing and how uberX is helping provide a completely new model to meet Nevadans’ transportation needs.

“Beginning tonight,” Uber said, “nearly 1,000 jobs disappeared in Nevada and those residents lost their ability to earn a living. Still, the company reassured Nevadans, “Uber is in this for the long-term and we are committed to the people of the Silver State.

The blog post also praised Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, calling him “a known champion for innovation and job creation,” in describing their future operations in the state.

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Thanksgiving Travel: 7 Boredom Busting Apps to Pass the Time

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More than 46 million Americans who are expected to travel more than 50 miles away from home in the coming days may have to contend with wintry weather throwing a wrench in their plans.

No one likes being stuck in an airport or traffic jam on Thanksgiving, however, there are some ways to make the best of an unfortunate travel situation.

Here are seven of the best boredom busting apps. Start playing them and before you know it, you’ll be at your destination and ready for a Thanksgiving feast.

Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games

Sure the title is a bit morbid for such a joyous holiday, but this game is an incredibly fun way to pass the time.

Based on a viral public service announcement from Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia, the goal is to save a cast of characters from dangerous situations while racking up points.

The latest version of the game includes new levels, such as electric fence hurdles, a dolphin rodeo and a javelin catch.

Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games is available for iOS devices, along with the first, equally addicting version of the game.

The first version of the game is also available for Android devices.

NinJump Dash

The best part of NinJump dash is that you’ll compete against three other opponents in real time who can be your Facebook friends or random challengers from around the world.

Dress your character in a fun costume (chicken suit, anyone?) and get your game face on, as you race your fellow players, jumping over obstacles, shooting rockets and tossing throwing stars, among other weapons.

NinJump Dash is available for iOS and Android devices.

Draw Something

Channel your inner artist with Draw Something, a social drawing game that allows users to draw pictures and have their friends guess what they are.

With more than 3,000 words to draw from in the free version of the game, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to create some masterpieces (which will almost certainly elicit a few laughs, too.)

Draw Something is available for iOS and Android devices.

Tetris Blitz

The old-school game has gotten a mobile makeover.

Go head to head with other opponents in Tetris Blitz as you race a clock to clear lines in the classic game.

Best of all: You’ll always be able to find worthy opponents to battle with the game’s skill-matching system.

Tetris Blitz is available for iOS and Android devices.

Kim Kardashian Hollywood

It’s been quite a year for Kim Kardashian West. Lest we all forget, the celeb also has her own game.

If taking a Kim Kardashian-inspired adventure sounds more appealing this staring into space at the airport or listening to your siblings squabble on a road trip, then Kim Kardashian Hollywood may be up your alley.

Create your own celebrity and join Kim in Hollywood as you reap all of the benefits of being a celebrity.

Kim Kardashian Hollywood is available for iOS and Android devices.


What do the pope and an anti-Semitic Elmo have in common? They’re both in the crazy addictive game “Proust.”

Here’s how it works: You’re presented with five items you must rank from best to worst. Lock in your answers and then see how alike or different you are from your friends.

Proust is available for iOS devices.


Pokoto will test your memory and your reflexes. Poke out the evil eyes and beware of the bombs — they’ll make you lose time. Hearts will buy you time.

Like any good time-wasting game, this one is never ending. Keep perfecting your pokes and see how you stack up to your friends.

Pokoto is available for iOS devices.

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Taylor Swift Reveals Who She Gets Dressed Up For

Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift has a history of lost love and then writing songs about exes, but the pop star is all about being with her friends at the moment.

Swift, 24, spoke to Asos magazine for a story called “How to Be a Supergirl” and said when she is looking to get all dolled up, it’s not for guys.

“When I’m getting dressed, it’s always based on what my friends will think,” she said. “They are my No. 1 priority and the opinions of girls are more important to me, at this point in my life. But depending on the city I’m in and depending on the time of day and what mood I’m in, my choices are ever changing. That’s what keeps fashion exciting. You’re always coming from a different place of inspiration.”

That doesn’t mean Swift doesn’t have plenty of advice when it comes to guys, dating and, especially, heartbreak.

“Fixing your heartbreak by getting into another relationship is not the way to live your life — you need to live it on your terms for a while,” she said. “Honestly, being in my twenties and only focusing on what I want, moving to New York because I wanted to, cutting my hair short because I wanted to, making all these decisions based on the direction I wanted to go, has been the most liberating thing I’ve done in my life. You can have love all around you without being in love, and find romance in your everyday life without being in a romantic relationship.”

The singer also explained how her friendships — she’s often seen with supermodel Karlie Kloss and Grammy winner Lorde, among others — are “real” and how that is an advantage as a celebrity.

“My friends are the kind of people who have their own lives and their own busy schedules, and that’s why we get along so well,” she said. “A lot of ‘celebrities’ surround themselves with chic cling-ons who don’t have much of a job or a passion. They follow around their celebrity BFF and provide constant affirmation for them. I’m really not interested in that kind of deal.”

Finally, Swift revealed how her mistakes “have gotten me the greatest sense of clarity.”

“As much as I would really like to have saved myself heartache, embarrassment or gossip, I also know that my biggest mistakes have turned into my best lessons and sometimes my greatest career triumphs,” she said.

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Twitter Is Watching You: How to Opt Out of New Tracking Feature

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Twitter will soon start taking a peek at the other apps on your smartphone as a way to create a more personalized experience unless users take steps to opt out of the feature.

The social networking company, which depends largely on targeted advertising, said the new tracking feature would allow them show more relevant promoted tweets, along with improved “who to follow” suggestions and other content that may be of interest.

“We will notify you about this feature being turned on for your account by showing a prompt letting you know that to help tailor your experience, Twitter uses the apps on your device. Until you see this prompt, this setting is turned off and we are not collecting a list of your apps,” a post in the Twitter Help Center read.

Twitter said it will only be looking surface level at other apps on a person’s phone and will not be collecting any data from within the applications. Users who have previously limited ad tracking should have this feature automatically turned off.

For iOS and Android users who don’t want Twitter to have a peek at their smartphones, there’s a quick way to turn off the feature.

Go to settings, choose the account you’d like to make changes to. Android users will then click “other” while iOS users will choose “privacy.” From there, you’ll be able to adjust the setting to tailor Twitter based on apps.

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