Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) — NFL player Benjamin Watson is one of countless Americans still struggling to understand Michael Brown’s shooting death at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

Watson, a tight end for the New Orleans Saints, poured his heart out in a viral Facebook post late Tuesday. He described himself as confused, embarrassed, offended, angry and sad for a variety of reasons.

“I’m angry because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes,” he wrote.

The post has been shared more than 150,000 times on Facebook, and it appears Watson’s honesty is what made the update go viral. Fans commented that they are “proud” of the athlete and “in awe.” “Tears running down my face,” one woman wrote.

Watson also addressed the racial tension that’s sparked demonstrations across the country, saying the problem is “sin,” not “skin.”

“Sin is the reason we rebel against authority,” he wrote. “Sin is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. Sin is the reason we riot, loot and burn.”

Watson said he will never really know what happened between Brown and Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot the unarmed teenager this summer.

“I’m sympathetic, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance … Or maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led him to eventually murdering the young man to prove a point.”

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File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(CLEVELAND) — The video of a Cleveland police officer shooting a 12-year-old boy who had a toy gun was released on Wednesday after the department consulted with the boy’s family.

Police initially withheld the video from the public while discussing handling of the disturbing footage with the family of Tamir Rice, the boy who was shot in a playground on Saturday.

“The family did not initially want the video to be released, but after reviewing it…expressed their wish to us” to release it, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

The spokesman urged the public and the media to be cautious in the handling of the video: “I want people to bear in mind this is a 12-year-old boy…The family will have to view it over and over.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For just about everyone, Thanksgiving means a turkey on the table. But if you live in Colorado, Idaho or Nevada, you’re probably also looking forward to a big-‘ol helping of frog eye salad on the side. Or maybe some persimmon pudding if you’re a Hoosier, or pineapple casserole if you live in the Palmetto State.

Those are some of the most popular, non-turkey Thanksgiving dishes, by state, according to a survey by The New York Times.

The newspaper enlisted Google’s help to do it, asking the Internet search authority to scour Thanksgiving week data going back 10 years, by state, to find the most searched-for, most distinct non-turkey dishes. The New York Times then compiled the data, listing not only the most popular, but also the top 10 contenders.

Not all of the results are bizarre-sounding to out-of-staters: there are lots of hits for familiar Thanksgiving dishes like pumpkin pie, candied yams, meat loaves and stuffings. There are also signs of the times, with frequent searches for meatless or gluten-free versions of holiday favorites.

Folks in Tennessee love their spinach maria — essentially, a cheesy spinach casserole — but regional desserts like Coca-Cola cake and Butterfinger cake also make their list.

If you dine in Utah on Thursday, expect some equally cheesy funeral potatoes on the side.

Washington state, not surprisingly, loves their smoked salmon dip, and while pumpkin whoopie pie is popular in lots of New England states, it’s nowhere more popular than in Maine and Vermont.

The New York Times has the entire survey broken down as an interactive list with links to recipes and other info, as well as a handy map of the U.S. that shows the most popular results, by state, at a glance.

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Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is confident in his team headed into their Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jones, who is teaming up with The Salvation Army this holiday season, said on Wednesday that he has faith his team.

“It’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest we’ve ever played on Thanksgiving Day,” Jones told ABC Sports Radio.

The Eagles are 5-0 and both teams are tied for first in the NFC East, but Jones isn’t worried about that.

“I don’t know what our record is, but we’ve played more turkey days than the Eagles have, I’m not going to let them have that advantage either,” Jones continued.

Jones saw his team go into MetLife Stadium on Sunday and beat the Giants in front of a lot of Dallas fans.

“It was fabulous,” Jones said. “Boy I was rewarded by all of those Cowboys fans. That defense [chant] that was going on at the Meadowlands was real rewarding.”

The Eagles are averaging 31.1 points per game this year under head coach Chip Kelly.

“We have all the respect for Chip Kelly, certainly their style is a challenge,” Jones said. “What we need to do is keep the ball with the Cowboys, we don’t need our defense out there any longer then it has to be.”

For more information on how you can help out The Salvation Army and their national Red Kettle Campaign, visit salvationarmyusa.org and help spread the word using the hashtag #RedKettleReason.

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ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson discussed his account of the moment he shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

Wilson said Brown was charging at him, disregarding the officer’s instructions.

“I started backpedaling, ‘cause he’s just getting too close and he’s not stopping,” Wilson told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

“After I fired the second round of shots, he gets about eight to 10 feet [away]. And as he does that, he kinda starts to lean forward like he’s gonna tackle me. And eight to 10 feet is close and what I saw was his head. If he’s gonna tackle me, he’s gonna tackle me at that point. And I looked down my barrel of my gun and I fired,” he continued.

The Aug. 9 shooting sparked months of protests, drawing national attention to the St. Louis suburb.

Wilson said he was driving to get lunch by himself — just a normal day, he says — when he encountered Brown and a friend walking in the middle of the street, “single-file on the double-yellow line.”

Wilson, 28, says he instructed the pair to walk on the sidewalk.

The first person, Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, ignored Wilson, the officer said.

“And then Michael Brown came next and he had to exchange some explicit words with me,” Wilson said. “He had said, “F*** what you have to say.”

“First words to you?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Yeah,” Wilson responded.

At that point, Wilson says he noticed cigarillos in Brown’s hand, noting that Brown and Johnson matched the description, he says, of suspects in the theft of cigars from a nearby convenience store earlier that day. Wilson said he wasn’t sure whether Brown was armed.

“I got on the radio and I asked for assistance,” Wilson said.

Wilson said he parked and tried to get out of his vehicle, when Brown again cursed at the officer and slammed the officer’s car door.

“I…again taken aback because I’ve never been trapped in my car,” Wilson said. “I use my door to try and push him back and yell at him to get back. And again he just pushed the door shut and just stared at me.”

“So you’re staring each other down?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Yeah, he stared at me, like almost over top of me…looked like he was trying to intimidate me,” Wilson said. “And as I looked back at him, all of a sudden punches started flying…He threw the first one and hit me in the left side of my face.”

Wilson said he doesn’t believe he could have done anything differently that day, and says he has a clean conscience.

“The reason I have a clean conscience is ’cause I know I did my job right,” he said.

Following Monday’s announcement that a grand jury declined to bring charges against Wilson, Brown’s relatives released a statement, saying, “We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequences of his actions.”

Wilson said he feels remorse about the outcome of the altercation.

“I think those are grieving parents who are mourning the loss of their son,” Wilson said.

“Nothing you could say, but, again, you know, I’m sorry that their son lost his life. It wasn’t the intention of that day. It’s what occurred that day. And there’s no…nothing you could say that’s gonna make a parent feel better,” he added.

Watch George Stephanopoulos’ full interview with Darren Wilson below:

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Wintry weather is expected to bring travel delays for millions of Americans on Wednesday, causing problems on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

More than 46 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles away from home in the coming days, the country’s highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2007, according to AAA.

Residents along the East Coast should expect heavy rain on Wednesday from a nor’easter, with the rain changing to snow during the afternoon. Snow is expected across parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and interior New England.

Some areas off the Atlantic coastline could see 4 to 8 inches of snow.

Snow is also expected in the plains and Midwest, affecting parts of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the northern Rockies. Heavy, occasionally pounding rain is expected in the Pacific Northwest.

The East Coast storm is expected to pass through by Thursday, leaving travelers hopeful that their return trips will be uneventful.

But Wednesday’s travel outlook remains problematic. Nearly 2,500 flights were delayed by 8 a.m. ET, with another 555 canceled, according to the flight-tracking company FlightAware. Those numbers are slated to rise drastically in the coming hours as the storms bear down.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(GAINSVILLE, Fl.) — Florida is looking to hand Florida State their first loss of the season on Saturday in one of the biggest rivalry games of the weekend.

Gators head coach Will Muschamp is set to step down at seasons end and knows the importance of this game.

“[They’re a] really good football team. [I’ve] got tremendous respect for [Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher] and the job he’s done and his staff,” Muschamp said. “They’ve won a bunch in a row. Last time they lost was when the Gators were up there. They’ve done a outstanding job.”

Florida State got all they could handle from Boston College last weekend and Fisher knows that the Gators are pumped up for this game.

“We’re going into battle,” Fisher said. “These games are going to be dogfights. People are going to try and be the one that knocks us out, knocks us off, got nothing to lose.”

Florida is 2-1 on the road this year. The Seminoles have won six games this year at home.

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Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Police fired tear gas at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, overnight after a police car was set on fire, as violence erupted in the city for the second consecutive night.

Police arrested at least 44 people overnight, including at least four on felony charges, St. Louis County Police chief Jon Belmar said at an early-morning news conference.

“The majority of those arrests were misdemeanors,” Belmar said. “Most of those were either failure to obey a lawful order or failure to disperse. We did make four felony arrests…one was an unlawful use of a weapon, and the [others] were assaults against police officers.”

Rioting occurred at Ferguson’s city hall building, with windows broken and the police car vandalized, leading officers to fire the tear gas — the only place where tear gas was used, Belmar said.

Other incidents were reported near a memorial for slain teen Michael Brown, as well as an attempted looting at a Walgreen’s store, Belmar said.

More than 2,000 National Guardsmen were deployed to Ferguson Tuesday, helping to restore some level of peace in the city. Questions lingering over whether the National Guard troops should have been in place Monday, with Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III calling the delay “deeply disturbing.”

“It’s hard to speculate if the National guard came out Monday night, that things would have turned out differently,” Belmar said. Belmar said the violence from Monday night and Tuesday morning reached a scale that “fortunately we’ve seldom seen here in this country.”

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said authorities were caught off guard by the level of violence following a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown, who was unarmed.

“None of us could have imagined what had happened Monday night,” Johnson said. “If we had a crystal ball, maybe we would have done things differently.”

One factor that hindered firefighting efforts Tuesday morning was gunfire, authorities said. Few gunshots were reported Wednesday morning, Johnson said.

The situation in Ferguson has drawn national attention, with rallies and protests held across the country following Monday’s grand jury decision. In Oakland, California, 39 people were arrested for crimes ranging from failure to disperse and public intoxication to burglary and assaulting a police officer.

The Christmas in St. Louis Foundation postponed the Ameren, Missouri, Thanksgiving Day Parade, citing unrest in the community.

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Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Police fired tear gas at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, overnight after a police car was set on fire, as violence erupted in the city for the second consecutive night.

Police arrested at least 44 people overnight, including at least four on felony charges, St. Louis County Police chief Jon Belmar said at an early-morning news conference.

“The majority of those arrests were misdemeanors,” Belmar said. “Most of those were either failure to obey a lawful order or failure to disperse. We did make four felony arrests…one was an unlawful use of a weapon, and the [others] were assaults against police officers.”

Rioting occurred at Ferguson’s city hall building, with windows broken and the police car vandalized, leading officers to fire the tear gas — the only place where tear gas was used, Belmar said.

Other incidents were reported near a memorial for slain teen Michael Brown, as well as an attempted looting at a Walgreen’s store, Belmar said.

More than 2,000 National Guardsmen were deployed to Ferguson Tuesday, helping to restore some level of peace in the city. Questions lingering over whether the National Guard troops should have been in place Monday, with Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III calling the delay “deeply disturbing.”

“It’s hard to speculate if the National guard came out Monday night, that things would have turned out differently,” Belmar said. Belmar said the violence from Monday night and Tuesday morning reached a scale that “fortunately we’ve seldom seen here in this country.”

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said authorities were caught off guard by the level of violence following a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown, who was unarmed.

“None of us could have imagined what had happened Monday night,” Johnson said. “If we had a crystal ball, maybe we would have done things differently.”

One factor that hindered firefighting efforts Tuesday morning was gunfire, authorities said. Few gunshots were reported Wednesday morning, Johnson said.

The situation in Ferguson has drawn national attention, with rallies and protests held across the country following Monday’s grand jury decision. In Oakland, California, 39 people were arrested for crimes ranging from failure to disperse and public intoxication to burglary and assaulting a police officer.

The Christmas in St. Louis Foundation postponed the Ameren, Missouri, Thanksgiving Day Parade, citing unrest in the community.

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NBA via Golden State Warriors(MIAMI, Fl.) — Stephen Curry lit up the Miami Heat Tuesday night as he led the Golden State Warriors to a 114-97 victory.

Curry finished the night shooting 12 of 19 from the floor, draining eight 3-pointers.

There had been some concern in the past couple days with Curry’s shooting as he was 8 of 24 in his previous two games. Curry steadied those worries by finding open looks with the help of his teammates.

“Everything feels in rhythm,” Curry said. “My bigs, Draymon Green, Mo Speights, Andrew Bogut set some great screens for me and I got a lot of space. When you see your first two or three go down, your confidence is at a high. Shots just appear and you have confidence to knock them down.”

Heat forward Chris Bosh was utterly perplexed by the end result. With 6:45 left in the fourth, his team was leading by two.

“We got to the end, we’re in the bonus, you know 93-95 and we don’t score anymore,” Bosh said. “We just forget our offense and I don’t know why.”

The Warriors have now won six straight and are 11-2 on the season.

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