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NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday used to kick off the holiday shopping season, but now Thanksgiving Day is the new tradition for some shoppers. Macy's officials said about 15,000 people were at the 6 p.m. opening at its flagship store in Manhattan. An hour and a half before the Toys R Us in New York's Times Square opened at 5 p.m., about 40 people stood in line. And at the 24-hour Wal-Mart store in Naperville, Illinois, the aisles were clogged with people and carts by 6 p.m., when employees began pulling shrink wrap off palettes of merchandise to mark the official start of Black Friday deals.
NEW YORK (AP) - Americans paused Thursday to celebrate their blessings despite terrorism fears and racial tensions over fatal police shootings across the country. A record number of police officers patrolled the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, while St. Louis resumed its annual parade, canceled last year amid protests over Michael Brown's death. At the White House, President Barack Obama spent a quiet holiday with a traditional meal. Here's a look at how other Americans celebrated: --- TIGHT SECURITY FOR SNOOPY AND SPONGEBOB Spectators at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York noted a stepped-up police presence, with officers perched on buildings like Radio City Music Hall and watching from helicopters hovering overhead.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Pope Francis visited a slum on Nairobi's northwestern edge Friday to press his call for adequate and dignified housing for society's most marginal, especially in burgeoning megacities like the Kenyan capital. Francis has frequently insisted on the need for the three "Ls" - land, labor and lodging - and his trip to the Kangemi slum focused on housing as a critical issue facing the world amid rapid urbanization that is helping to upset Earth's delicate ecological balance. Kangemi is one of 11 slums dotting Nairobi, East Africa's largest city. The shanty itself has about 50,000 residents living without basic sanitation.
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