Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ASHBURN, Va) — Push has come to shove as the Redskins have decided to bench Robert Griffin III in favor of Colt McCoy this Sunday when Washington will face Indianapolis.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Griffin will not play this weekend, but remains a part of the team’s long term plans.

Griffin has struggled this season. He has missed six games after suffering a dislocated ankle in week 2. In the five games he has started, Griffin has completed 69.7% of his passes for 869 yards while throwing two touchdowns and three interceptions. Additionally, he has been sacked 16 times. The team is 1-4 in those five starts.

McCoy made his only start of the season against the Dallas Cowboys on October 27. He completed 25 of 30 passes for 299 yards with one interception and a rushing touchdown in a game that saw the Redskins defeat the Cowboys 20-17.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — As the Ukraine situation continues to fester, France has decided to suspend the delivery of a warship to Russia.

Until further notice, the first of two warships will remain in a French port and will not be handed over to the Russians.

A statement from President Hollande’s office stops short of cancelling the deal. At stake is thousands of jobs and a contract worth more than $1.25 billion.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — As the Ukraine situation continues to fester, France has decided to suspend the delivery of a warship to Russia.

Until further notice, the first of two warships will remain in a French port and will not be handed over to the Russians.

A statement from President Hollande’s office stops short of cancelling the deal. At stake is thousands of jobs and a contract worth more than $1.25 billion.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — As the Ukraine situation continues to fester, France has decided to suspend the delivery of a warship to Russia.

Until further notice, the first of two warships will remain in a French port and will not be handed over to the Russians.

A statement from President Hollande’s office stops short of cancelling the deal. At stake is thousands of jobs and a contract worth more than $1.25 billion.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At just 18 months old, Elizabeth Shea was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, an incurable genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. It can make catching the common cold life-threatening.

Shea’s mother, Marissa Shea, says her now-17-year-old daughter counts every morning as a blessing.

The teen’s regimen includes taking 12 pills with every meal, plus using inhalers and getting regular respiratory treatments.

“I don’t remember never having to take medicine,” Shea said in an interview with Good Morning America.

When Shea was in the 6th grade she discovered a passion that has helped her in many ways.

She took up playing the flute, and, now a high school senior at Western High School in Davie, Florida, she plays in the marching band. “The doctors have told me that playing a wind instrument helps keep the lungs working,” she said.

Shea’s talent landed her a spot to play in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, but there’s one thing that she wanted: a top-of-the-line flute.

“It would be kind of hard for my parents to…get the flute for me,” she said.

Make-a-Wish and Macy’s teamed up to fulfill Shea’s dream. She got her flute just in time for her trip to play in the parade.

This is the seventh year that Macy’s and Make-A-Wish have teamed up for the Believe Campaign to spread holiday cheer to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stocks ended the day Tuesday similar to where they started, leaving indexes near record highs.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 2.96 points to 17,814.94, and the S&P 500 lost 2.38 points, ending the day at 2,067.03. The Nasdaq went up 3.36 points to 4,758.25.

The value of Apple has hit a new high. It is now worth over $700 billion, making it the most valuable company in the world.

The U.S. economy grew at 3.9% in the July-to-September period, giving the country its strongest back-to-back quarters of growth in more than a decade.

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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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Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images(LONDON) — When Prince Charles made rare public comments to criticize the lack of Shakespeare teaching in state school curricula, the British government was not too happy.

Now, it appears Prince Charles subsequently sent a letter to Britain’s education minister of the time to apologize for not giving prior notice of his views and also to detail his perspectives on education policy, according to an ongoing case involving the government and a British journalist who filed a freedom of information request in 2005 to access the prince’s correspondences.

If the letters from Prince Charles to seven government offices are published, it could be a problem for the heir because it might jeopardize the throne’s traditional political neutrality, according to former Attorney General Dominic Grieve. As attorney general, Grieve blocked an earlier court decision to reveal the letters, dubbed the “black spider memos” because of the prince’s small writing.

The government has put up a tough fight for nine years against Guardian journalist Rob Evans to stop publication of the letters.

This week, hearings on the matter at the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court could be the government’s last fight.

“My request was driven by a wish for transparency,” said Evans to ABC News. “The monarchy should be neutral. So, are they really?”

At the core of the case is whether public interest is sufficient to warrant publication of confidential letters, and who has the final word on what the public interest is.

“Confidentiality should be the starting point,” said the Guardian’s lawyer, Dinah Rose. “But an Upper Tribunal ruled that the public interest from a public figure was sufficient to overrule it.”

“Advocacy letters are very different to personal letters,” said Rose, who added Charles “sees himself as performing a public function.”

Evans sought disclosure of a number of written communications between the prince and the following government departments between 2004 and 2005: Business, Innovation and Skills; Health; Children, School and Families; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Culture, Media and Sport; Northern Ireland and Cabinet Office.

When Evans’ request was denied by the information commissioner, the journalist appealed to the Britain’s Upper Tribunal. In Sept. 2012, the tribunal ruled that the Prince’s communications should be disclosed to the extent that they fell into a category defined as “advocacy correspondence,” according to legal documents seen by ABC News.

However, Grieve, who as attorney general was a member of government and had an advisory role, vetoed the court’s decision. He said the public could interpret the letters to be disagreeing with government policy, which would be seriously damaging to Charles’ role as a likely future monarch, according to legal documents.

The overruling of an independent and impartial court by a government minister is extremely rare in the U.K., and this week’s hearing will determine whether he acted lawfully and on reasonable grounds.

The case addresses the question of whether public interest is best guarded by the judiciary or the executive branch of British government.

According to Rose, “Parliament has given little consideration” to the veto power given to an executive.

“The Upper Tribunal is much better equipped than a minister to make a decision,” said Rose, adding a minister only gives “an opinion based on cabinet consultations.”

The constitutional power to veto a court decision was given to the attorney general to protect the public interest where real and significant issues arise, said government lawyer James Eadie, who said it had followed a “carefully considered, deliberate decision” from parliament.

Prince Charles is known for his strong opinions on a range of topics from education to farming and health. Last week, The Guardian ran a long piece on how Charles would reset the sovereign’s role by making heartfelt public interventions when he becomes king.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Members of Congress from around the country posted messages of sympathy for the family of Michael Brown after a grand jury cleared the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot the teenager on Aug. 9. But the elected officials included in their messages calls for peace and changes in the criminal justice system.

Rep. Lacy Clay, a Democrat who represents the Browns’ congressional district, and Missouri’s two senators, Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt, sent messages meant to soothe their state.

I am extremely dissapointed, but not surprised. The pursuit of justice for Mike Brown is not over. #Ferguson #Justice4MikeBrown #peace

— Lacy Clay (@LacyClayMO1) November 25, 2014

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.: “My thoughts are with Michael Brown’s family today, as well as those in law enforcement who continue to protect the rights of all they serve, the National Guard members we ask to step forward during difficult times in our state, and all of their family members. Michael’s death was tragic, and the months since this tragedy have marked a challenging time in Ferguson and across Missouri. Together, I know we can move forward and heal as we work to find better job opportunities in and more investment for challenged communities.”

Lawmakers around the country took to Twitter to express their frustration and urge peace.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.: “However disappointed we may be in the decision by the grand jury in St. Louis County, we must hold the family of Michael Brown in our hearts…As the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.'”

Remember, young people of #Ferguson, your pain is not wrong. Your feelings are valid. We understand you’re hurt.

— Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (@repcleaver) November 25, 2014

The tragedy in Ferguson (and the prosecutor’s description of eyewitness accts) makes the strongest possible case for police body cameras.

— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) November 25, 2014

Injustice and violence cannot be cured by more injustice and violence. Civil protest is what moves mountains.

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 25, 2014

To the officers in Ferguson: You are there to serve and protect those in the community. Be patient. Be calm. Avoid escalation. #Ferguson

— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) November 25, 2014

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.: “From Ferguson to Brooklyn, the zip codes may be different but the issue of police officers shooting young, unarmed African-American men without justification is exactly the same. Throughout this country, we need a dramatic change in the manner that law enforcement authorities engage communities of color. The failure of the grand jury to indict Officer Darren Wilson is a miscarriage of justice.”

Only love can overcome hate. Only nonviolence can overcome violence. #FergusonDecision

— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) November 25, 2014

President #Obama & true civil rights leaders must calm tensions and educate people that mob justice destroys rights for all people #Ferguson

— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) November 25, 2014

I am deeply disappointed & disturbed by #FergusonDecision. We need to stand together in peaceful protest in order to move forward.

— Gregory Meeks (@GregoryMeeks) November 25, 2014

My thoughts are with #MichaelBrown‘s family tonight. We must work together to end racial profiling and police violence. #Ferguson

— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) November 25, 2014

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.: “Once the news trucks have left St. Louis and the city of Ferguson is calm, a family will still be without their son…Michael Brown’s family will always mourn the senseless shooting of their child — a shooting which should never have taken place.”

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NASA TV(NEW YORK) — These explorers may be from several different countries but on Thanksgiving, the six astronauts at the International Space Station will sit down for an out-of-this-world feast.

The group, which includes two Americans, will be treated to all of the Thanksgiving staples, with a few necessary tweaks for their home orbiting 260 miles above Earth.

While Americans back on Earth deep fry or wait for their birds to roast in the oven, the astronauts will be treated to a main course of irradiated smoked turkey.

Also on the menu: Thermostabilizaed candied yams, freeze-dried green beans and mushrooms. The astronauts will also dine on NASA’s freeze-dried cornbread dressing, which requires one simple step to cook: Just add water.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Thanksgiving feast without dessert. The astronauts will be treated to thermostabilized cherry-blueberry cobbler, according to NASA.

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