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SAO PAULO (AP) — Sao Paulo's Housing Department estimates this city of more than 11 million people is short of adequate homes for at least 230,000 families. As a result, thousands of people are living in abandoned buildings downtown or in tents and flimsy shacks put up on any empty plot of land they can find.
The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys won their annual US Thanksgiving home games Thursday to seize NFL division leads while reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore moved into a playoff position. Detroit's Matthew Stafford tossed three touchdown passes and the Lions won on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2003, beating Green Bay 40-10 to grab the NFC North lead at 7-5.
Hundreds of police were deployed Friday at Thailand's ruling party headquarters as defiant opposition protesters set their sights on a new high-profile target, seeking to intensify their fight to bring down the government. Boisterous demonstrators have besieged key ministries in Bangkok in the biggest street protests since mass rallies against the previous government three years ago degenerated into the kingdom's worst civil strife in decades. The protesters -- a mix of royalists, southerners and the urban middle class sometimes numbering in their tens of thousands -- are united by their loathing of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. The controversial former telecoms tycoon was ousted in a coup in 2006 and lives in self-imposed exile, but he is widely believed to be the real power behind the embattled government of his younger sister, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
(Reuters) - An Iraq war veteran charged in California with six murders, including the serial "thrill" killings of four homeless men, has died in a hospital where he was being treated for an illness, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday. Itzcoatl Ocampo, a former U.S. Marine, could have faced the death penalty if convicted on six counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances. Ocampo died late on Wednesday or early on Thursday and a cause of death has yet to be determined, said Lieutenant Andy Ferguson. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has described Ocampo, who served in the Marines from July 2006 to July 2010 and was deployed to Iraq in 2008, as a heartless "thrill" killer.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Justin Tucker kicked two more field goals in the third quarter, and Ben Roethlisberger brought to life a slumbering offense with a lightning-quick drive, leaving the Baltimore Ravens with a 16-7 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers headed into the final quarter of the first Thanksgiving meeting between the AFC North rivals.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco found Torrey Smith for a 7-yard touchdown pass Thursday night, Justin Tucker kicked a 43-yard field goal, and the Baltimore Ravens limited the Pittsburgh Steelers to 98 total yards in the first two quarters to take a 10-0 halftime lead in the first Thanksgiving meeting between the AFC North rivals.
Walmart, the biggest retailer in the United States, is opening its first-ever stores in the US capital -- but some aren't giving it a warm welcome. Wooed by Mayor Vincent Gray, the big box discounter has made plans to eventually open six locations, ultimately creating as many as 1,800 jobs in a city that, in some neighborhoods, has more than double the national average unemployment rate. We need jobs here big time," said Tinisha, who applied for a position at one of the first two stores Walmart is opening in Washington, set to ring up its first sales on December 3. But not everyone thinks the kind of jobs Walmart offers are a good thing.
America's plain old telephone network is rapidly being overtaken by new technology, putting US regulators in a quandary over how to manage the final stages of transformation. The Federal Communications Commission is working toward drafting rules in January to formalize the IP transition -- switching communications systems to Internet protocol. And while FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hails the technological advance, he has also spoken of maintaining the "set of values" that was used to ensure America's universal phone service. It is a dead model walking," said Scott Cleland, of the research and consulting firm Precursor LLC, noting that three quarters of the transition is done.
These days, giant balloons are a defining characteristic of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But it wasn't always so. When the parade began in 1924, it was called the Macy's Christmas Parade and featured live animals from the Central Park Zoo marching along with Macy's employees, according to the store's website. It wasn't until three years later, in 1927, that the parade included balloons. The inflatables have been part of the tradition every year since then - except for 1971, when they were grounded by bad weather and high winds.