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    The internet went berserk after soul singer Aretha Franklin belted out the "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Lions-Vikings game Thursday afternoon.

    Franklin's gospel rendition lasted four and a half minutes, about twice as long as the traditional length. She sat at a black piano, adding riffs to the patriotic tune while wearing a Detroit Lions hat. Players from both teams swayed back and forth as a large American flag fluttered in the wind on the field. 

    It was a sight to see and hear with her vocals resulting in a firestorm on Twitter -- some expressed their love for Franklin while others made Thanksgiving Day jokes about the length of her tune.

    "I'm glad #ArethaFranklin sang an extended version of the National Anthem.. took them to Church ..made them search their hearts," MC Hammer tweeted.

    Here's some additional tweets:

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    Aretha Franklin performs the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016.Aretha Franklin performs the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016.

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    Several New Yorkers made sure to let Hillary Clinton know they were thankful for the former Democratic presidential candidate this Thanksgiving.

    Clinton posted a photo to her Twitter account showing more than a dozen handmade signs outside her home in Chappaqua on Thursday afternoon. 

    "I was greeted by this heartwarming display on the corner of my street today. Thank you to all of you who did this," she tweeted.

    Several signs read messages of thanks to the former first lady and secretary of state, while others depicted her campaign logo and the "I'm with her" slogan. 

    It came a day after Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were spotted by shoppers at the Chappaqua Village Market

    Despite losing the election to fellow New York resident Donald Trump, Clinton won the Empire State overwhelmingly. She was also popular in her home county of Westchester, where she took nearly 65 percent of the popular vote. 



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    The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will make its way through Manhattan on a relatively warm Thanksgiving day in New York City. The parade, in its 90th year, includes giant balloon characters like Snoopy, Hello Kitty, Paddington and Charlie Brown, plus newer balloons from Disney's "Trolls" movie and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid."

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    The Paddington Bear Balloon floats through the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 24, 2016, in New York City.The Paddington Bear Balloon floats through the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 24, 2016, in New York City.

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    U.S. officials say an American service member in Syria has died from wounds suffered in a blast from an improvised explosive device on Thanksgiving.

    A statement released Thursday by the public affairs office of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve says the explosion took place in the vicinity of Ayn Issa in northern Syria.

    "I am deeply saddened by the news on this Thanksgiving Day that one of our brave servicemembers has been killed in Syria while protecting us from the evil of ISIL. It is a painful reminder of the dangers our men and women in uniform face around the world to keep us safe," said Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

    "Please keep this servicemember's family, friends and teammates in your thoughts and prayers, and this Thanksgiving I hope you will join me in expressing thanks to all of our dedicated troops who selflessly protect us everyday." 

    No other information about the explosion or the victim was released.

    U.S. troops are part of a multination effort to fight the Islamic State group in the region. 

    Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander of Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve, extended condolences to the victim's family.

    "On this Thanksgiving, please be thankful that there are service members willing to take up the fight to protect our homeland from ISIL's hateful and brutal ideology," Townsend said.



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    American flags stand next to the markers amid the headstones of veterans and their family members to mark Veterans Day in Riverside Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Denver.American flags stand next to the markers amid the headstones of veterans and their family members to mark Veterans Day in Riverside Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Denver.

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    Your Thanksgiving spread doesn't have anything on President-elect Donald Trump's.

    The incoming president is spending the holiday at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, with his family after spending the day making calls to prepare for his transition to the White House. 

    Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted that he was working to get the Carrier Corporation to keep its plant in Indiana. Officials said his Thanksgiving was shared with family over a five-course meal. 

    Below is the menu: 

    First Course
    Large Florida Stone Crabs
    Oysters on the Half Shell
    Jumbo Shrimp
    Middle Neck Clams

    Second Course
    Mr. Trump’s Wedge Salad
    Farm Fresh Deviled Eggs
    Roasted Vegetable Cous Cous Salad
    Ahi Tuna Martinis

    Third Course
    Main Lobster Bisque
    Local Vegetable Minestrone Soup

    Fourth Course
    Oven Roasted Turkey
    Traditional Stuffing
    Sweet Mashed Potatoes
    House Made Gravy
    Herb Marinated Beef Tenderloin
    Steamed Vegetables
    Whipped Potatoes
    Warm Popovers
    Horseradish Cream
    Chef Carved Leg of Lamb
    Grilled Pita and Tzatziki Sauce
    Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass
    Curried Vegetables, Coconut Shellfish Broth
    Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
    Herb Roasted Potatoes
    Natural Braising Jus
    Grilled Diver Scallops
    Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille

    Fifth Course
    Three Layer Trump Chocolate Cake
    Pumpkin Pie
    Toasted Coconut Cake
    Chocolate Eclairs
    Pecan Pie
    Warm Chocolate Brownie Pockets
    Creamy Key Lime Pie
    Hot Apple Crisp

    Wondering how that spread stacks up with the one prepared for the current Commander-in-Chief? The Hill reports that the Obamas' final Thanksgiving dinner at the White House included a three-course meal featuring mini BLTs, mini pizzas and pigs-in-a-blanket as hors d'ouvres, a thyme roasted turkey for the main course and six kinds of pies for dessert.



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    A walk in the park turned into a rescue mission for the Philadelphia SPCA after a dog was found inside a trash bag Tuesday night.

    Barbara Adams and her dog were walking in Wissahickon Valley Park when they came upon a garbage bag on the trail, under the McCallum Street Bridge. As the pair got closer, they found a dog’s head visible from the bag.

    “I turned around and my dog was sniffing at this black plastic bag and when I looked closer, there was a dog’s head sticking out of it,” Adams told the PSPCA. “She was looking at me with very, very sad eyes.”

    Adams called the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team who sent two officers to the scene. The pair were able to rescue the emaciated dog and bring it back to the shelter for medical care.

    With the help of Adams and the PSCPA, Cranberry, named for the Thanksgiving holiday, is now being cared for by the shelter’s hospital team and is in guarded condition.

    “In these cases, it’s the first 48 hours, first few days that are the most important to ensure that the animal survives,” said Nicole Wilson, director of PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement. “Our goal is to make sure that not only does the animal survive but that we find who’s responsible for this horrific act of cruelty.”

    The PSPCA is asking the public for help in identifying the person who is responsible for dumping the dog in the park. Anyone with information can call the cruelty hotline at 866-601-7722.

    The PSPCA has also set up a donation page to help Cranberry on her road to recovery.

     



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    Cranberry, named for the Thanksgiving holiday dish, was found in a trash bag in a Philadelphia park Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.Cranberry, named for the Thanksgiving holiday dish, was found in a trash bag in a Philadelphia park Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.

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    The commanding officer of USS Rushmore requested to be relieved of duty on Nov. 21 and has since left her command. 

    Commander Sarah De Groot, a Long Beach native, lead the dock landing ship for two years. Prior to assuming command, she reported to the ship as an executive officer in June 2014. 

    It is unclear why De Groot requested to be relieved of duty. De Groot declined to comment on the move to NBC 7 San Diego, saying she did not want to disclose the "issue" at this time. 

    “Sorry, I cannot comment on anything at this time," she told NBC 7 San Diego over the phone. "I will refer you to the public affairs office.”

    When reached for comment, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Naval Surface Force Pacific, Doug Sayers, gave NBC 7 this statement over the phone, in part: 

    “The commanding officer of USS Rushmore (LSD 47) Commander Sarah De Groot requested to be relieved November 21."

    Commander DeWayne Sanders will be the interim commanding officer of the ship for the time being, Sayers said.

    It is rare for a commanding officer to resign and walk off the job, The Navy Times reported, an option most other service members do not have without serious repercussions. 

    De Groot served on board USS Pearl Harbor and USS Constellation, supporting the initial phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to the U.S. Navy. She commissioned after she graduated from Texas A&M in 1998. 

    She has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards) and the Meritorious Service Medal, according to the U.S. Navy. 

    No other information was immediately available.



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    SAN DIEGO (Mar. 1, 2016) – Cmdr. Sarah H. De Groot, commanding officer of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), salutes side boys during a change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gerald Dudley Reynolds/Released)SAN DIEGO (Mar. 1, 2016) – Cmdr. Sarah H. De Groot, commanding officer of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), salutes side boys during a change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gerald Dudley Reynolds/Released)

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    A woman who survived the first known bear attack in Maryland's history spoke to News4 about the vicious mauling that left her with a broken arm, a partially collapsed lung, cuts to her head and other wounds.

    Karen Osborne, 63, is back home for Thanksgiving after spending nearly a week in the hospital.

    Osborne was walking to her daughter's home next door in Frederick about 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, when a bear attacked her in the driveway.

    "Halfway down the driveway this bear just came from the right side on two legs roaring at me," Osborne told News4.

    She said she's seen the same bear around the neighborhood for years. But that night, the bear was with her three cubs and saw Osborne as a threat.

    "It grabbed me right here, threw me to the ground, and then she came around and bit my arm in half, and then she came back around again and attacked me from above on top of my head," Osborne said.

    The mother bear mauled her four times over a span of 35 minutes, leaving her nearly lifeless on the driveway. Osborne said she was convinced she was going to die.

    "She went to catch her breath and she was laying behind me. I could feel the hot air of her breath on my neck," Osborne said.

    In that moment, Osborne realized she had her cell phone and made a desperate plea to 911.

    "I was basically asking [the dispatcher] to say goodbye to my family because I didn't think I would be here today," she said.

    Once police and medics arrived, Osborne was rushed to the hospital. She had more than 70 stitches, and X-rays revealed she had a fracture on her pelvic bone.

    Biologists with the Department of Natural Resources used a tracking device to find the bear and later euthanized it.

    Osborne's wounds aren't done healing, but she and her family said this Thanksgiving means more than it ever has before.

    "Life is very short. Enjoy your family while you have them," Osborne said.

    Osborne's family has established a GoFundMe page to raise money for her medical expenses.



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    Karen Osborne has a broken arm and more than 70 stitches after a bear attacked her near her Frederick, Maryland, home.Karen Osborne has a broken arm and more than 70 stitches after a bear attacked her near her Frederick, Maryland, home.

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    Abortion rights advocates fear the effect President-elect Donald Trump will have on abortion access in the United States, NBC News reports. 

    Since Election Day, Planned Parenthood has seen a spike in appointments for birth control. Many patients are requesting intrauterine devices that could last through Trump's first term.

    Meanwhile, abortion rights organizations are concerned about what potential Trump judicial appointments could mean for Roe v. Wade. Trump has repeatedly said that he will choose justices that would overturn the landmark 1973 case. 

    Many opponents of abortion rights now feel they can trust the president-elect, according to Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). "He has stayed steady and firm, with no wavering whatsoever through this campaign," she said.



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    A file photo of the capitol.A file photo of the capitol.

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  • 11/25/16--09:41: Trooper Helps Stranded Vet

  • A police officer in Indiana went out of his way – literally -- to help a stranded military vet get home this Thanksgiving.

    Trooper Dan Criswell, a 9-year veteran, and his trainee Trooper Ty Mays were responding to a disabled vehicle late Wednesday night on Interstate 70 westbound near the Indianapolis International Airport when they found a white work van stalled in the roadway with 59-year-old Daniel Breaux of Church Point, Louisiana inside, according to Indiana State Police.

    Breaux told the police he had traveled to Indianapolis to help a family member move to the area and was on his way home when his car broke down. He had only $100 on him, just enough for gas money to get home, according to authorities.

    The troopers helped push the van to a safe location on the shoulder of the roadway and offered Breaux a ride, but the man declined saying he would call friends for help. A short time later, Criswell and Mays returned with a warm meal for Breaux and again offered him a ride, but he said he was confident he would reach someone for help.

    Early Thanksgiving morning, Criswell, who was off-duty, drove back to the location he had left Breaux and to his surprise, the man was still in the vehicle, asleep, according to police. Criswell, now determined to help Breaux, contacted a number of towing companies in the area, telling them Breaux’s story until he found one willing to help.

    D&D Auto and Towing LLC of Clayton, Indiana towed the van free of charge to Criswell’s home, where his brother Kyle, a mechanic, would ultimately work on the van.

    The problems with the van were worse than anyone thought and it quickly became clear it would be a costly fix.

    By this time, Criswell’s other brother, Dustin Criswell, the vice principal for Perry Meridian Middle School, also had come to help. Dustin Criswell offered to give Breaux an old pick-up he no longer used as a gift to help get Breaux home.

    The brothers worked on the pick-up to make sure it was ready for the trip and invited Breaux to celebrate Thanksgiving with their family. It was then they learned that he was a military veteran.

    The family gathered up enough money to make sure Breaux would get home safely.

    “Police officers often go above and beyond expectations and this is just one example of selfless dedication to service,” Indiana State Police said in a statement. “A small family owned business, D & D Auto and Towing generously offered their services, which started this chain of kindness.”



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    Daniel Breaux and Kyle Criswell work on a pick-truck the Criswells donated to Breaux to help him get home this Thanksgiving.Daniel Breaux and Kyle Criswell work on a pick-truck the Criswells donated to Breaux to help him get home this Thanksgiving.

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    Florida police dog Primus almost died of a drug overdose after encountering fentanyl while raiding a suspect's house, NBC News reported. 

    The German short-haired pointer was rushed to Coral Springs Animal Hospital, where medical professionals administered naloxone to combat the effects of the opioid. Two other K-9 dogs from his unit accompanied him, as they had also been exposed to a lethal dose of fentanyl. 

    The synthetic opioid is 50 times stronger than heroin sold on the streets and can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin. Fentanyl, much of it coming from Mexico and China, has killed hundreds in the U.S., including music legend Prince. It presents a "grave threat" to first responders and law enforcement officers — human and canine, the Drug Enforcement Administration said. 



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    K-9 dog Primus almost died of an opioid overdose.K-9 dog Primus almost died of an opioid overdose.

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    Get well soon!

    The National Zoo's giant panda cub is recovering from an emergency surgery, but zoo officials say the prognosis is "very good."

    Bei Bei underwent an emergency bowel obstruction surgery to remove a dense, masticated lemon-sized mass of bamboo, the zoo said Friday. 

    "Bei Bei's prognosis is very good. The challenge will be for our team to monitor him safely and that requires his cooperation," said Director Dennis Kelly.

    Keepers noticed the 15-month-old cub was showing signs of stomach discomfort and nausea Thursday. Bei Bei was taken to a veterinary hospital the next morning, where vets found the blockage at the top of his small intestine. The veterinary team determined the mass would have to be removed surgically. 

    Bei Bei is now awake and recovering in the David M. Rubenstein Giant Panda Habitat. He will be kept separate from his mother, Mei Xiang, and monitored overnight. 

    Zoo officials say he will be given water overnight and then transitioned to soft foods. When bamboo is reintroduced into his diet, it will likely be finely cut leaves, the zoo said. 

    Bei Bei is expected to return to his normal diet in the near future. 


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    Authorities in Israel arrested at least a dozen suspects for arson-related offenses after wildfires forced the partial evacuation Haifa, officials said Friday, NBC News reported. 

    Israeli officials have suggested that Arab assailants were to blame for igniting the fires — vowing that any perpetrators would be treated as terrorists. 

    On social media, some people celebrated the fires under the #Israelisburning hashtag. Netanyahu's spokesman Ofir Gendelman blamed these tweets on "Arabs and Palestinians."

    The blaze near Haifa was one of around a dozen burning around Israel, its worst bout since a four-day wildfire killed 42 people in 2010.



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    Residence stand near burned cars following a wildfires in Haifa, Israel, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Israeli firefighters on Friday reined in a blaze that had spread across the country's third-largest city of Haifa and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, but continued to battle more than a dozen other fires around the country for the fourth day in a row.Residence stand near burned cars following a wildfires in Haifa, Israel, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Israeli firefighters on Friday reined in a blaze that had spread across the country's third-largest city of Haifa and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, but continued to battle more than a dozen other fires around the country for the fourth day in a row.

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    A man's boisterous salute to President-elect Donald Trump on a flight bound for Pennsylvania this week appeared to create an uncomfortable moment for his fellow passengers, a video of the encounter shows.

    "Donald Trump, baby," the unidentified man shouted, while clapping in the aisle of Delta Airlines flight 248. The flight was inbound to Allentown from Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday.

    When his fervent display received a tepid response from most of the 101 other passengers, the man then asked loudly "we got some Hillary b--ches on here?"

    "He's your president. Every goddamn one of you. If you don't like it, too bad," he went on to say of Trump before taking his seat.

    Passengers seen in the video wore expressions of annoyance or confusion over the public display.

    The video recorded by fellow passenger Emma Baum and uploaded to Facebook went viral on the social network. As of Friday evening, it had been watched 1.2 million times and shared to more than 14,500 timelines.

    In a statement to NBC News, a Delta spokeswoman apologized for the "disruption."

    "Our crews work hard to ensure flying is comfortable for all of our customers. We are currently investigating the incident," spokeswoman Ashley Black said.



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    An unidentified man shouts his support for president-elect Donald Trump on a flight bound for Allentown, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.An unidentified man shouts his support for president-elect Donald Trump on a flight bound for Allentown, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.

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    Five ISIS operatives were arrested in France after authorities discovered their plot to carry out a terror attack on Dec. 1, officials said Friday. 

    Four suspects were detained in Strasbourg, where French intelligence services found "an arsenal of weapons," according to Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins. The fifth was arrested in Marseille. The arrests took place on Sunday.

    This threat comes just over a year after last year's Paris attacks, which killed 130 people. 



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    File photo: A French soldier stands guard at Eiffel Tower on Nov. 15, 2015, in Paris, France.File photo: A French soldier stands guard at Eiffel Tower on Nov. 15, 2015, in Paris, France.

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    It’s the busiest time of year for Vermont’s Christmas tree growers, with customers on the hunt for trees that match their specifications for shape, height, and fragrance.

    According to the USDA agricultural census of 2012, its most recent study, Vermont had 288 tree farms that were growing trees on more than 3,600 acres. Tree sales brought in roughly $2.8-million, according to the census.

    Estimates have suggested Vermont’s Christmas tree industry supplies customers across the state and New England with more than 134,000 trees. Some are even shipped across the country and internationally.

    At the Russell Christmas Tree Farm in Starksboro, draft horses pull wagons that bring customers to one of owner Dave Russell’s fields to select a tree.

    "I tell everybody that they’re welcome to have the best tree I’ve got," Dave Russell said. "They just have to go find it!"

    The Lewis family, visiting Vermont from Long Island for the Thanksgiving weekend, said picking out their tree from Russell’s property has become an annual tradition.

    "The holidays are not the same if we’re not up here," mom Kristie Lewis said.

    Russell said about 30 or 40 percent of the approximately 1,000 trees the farm will sell this year are cut down by families on wagon rides.

    The rest of his trees go to customers who save money by skipping the horse-drawn experience.

    "It is a unique offering, which draws people in," Russell said of the horse-drawn wagon rides.

    A wagon or sleigh ride including a fresh-cut tree costs $75 per household at the Russell Christmas Tree Farm. A tree without the wagon ride costs $45.

    But if horses aren’t your speed, at Sharp Farm in Milton, you could use a Segway to pick out your tree.

    Owner Rick Sharp needs the right weather conditions and beefed-up winter tires to use the people-movers to take tree shoppers through his property.

    He requires a simpler model of Segway tires for his summertime tour business on Burlington’s waterfront.

    "And they fit just perfectly between the rows of trees, so it works really well," Sharp said of the concept to get around the Christmas tree farm on a Segway. "You can get around a lot quicker with a Segway."

    However, Sharp said most customers opt to simply walk through the rows of trees at his farm, with only a small percentage going with the Segway option. It’s a charge of $59 for a tour of the scenic property, but you do get half off the price of your tree with a Segway tour.

    Without the Segway tour, a 5-8-foot tree from Sharp Farm costs $40, with an extra $6 per foot for taller trees.

    "It’s a great idea, absolutely," tree shopper Nikoa Kmetz-Derr said of using a Segway to get around a tree field. "Especially with so much land. You could probably really hike up there if you really wanted to look, so it’s great that they provide some transportation."

    Whether folks explore on foot, wheels, or hooves, Vermont’s tree farms are glad to help keep the state’s working landscape thriving.



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    Mexican soldiers and police found 32 bodies and nine human heads buried in graves in southern Mexico after responding to a tip, authorities said Thursday.

    One kidnapping victim and 12 bodies in coolers were also found at the site in Guerrero state. 

    No suspects have been detained, Reuters reported. It was unclear how long the remains, which were being transferred to the state capital of Chilpancingo to be identified, had been buried. 

    The Mexican state has been struck by violence from two rival cartels. Decapitations are typical among victims of gang-related retaliation. 



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    File photo: Mexican soldiers stand guard at the site of a suspected drug-related execution on Acapulco's famous Caleta Beach on March 4, 2012, in Acapulco, Mexico.File photo: Mexican soldiers stand guard at the site of a suspected drug-related execution on Acapulco's famous Caleta Beach on March 4, 2012, in Acapulco, Mexico.

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    A majority of Americans would like to see undocumented immigrants stay in the country and get a chance to become citizens, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

    The 60 percent response was the highest since the Quinnipiac poll started asking the question four years ago, NBC News reported.

    Despite being among the top issues for Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, only 6 percent of respondents said immigration should be Trump's top priority. Instead, 24 percent named the economy as most important.

    The poll was conducted Nov. 17-20 among 1,071 respondents and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.



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    FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2016 file photo, an unmarked police truck patrols the outside of a detention center in Eloy, Arizona.FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2016 file photo, an unmarked police truck patrols the outside of a detention center in Eloy, Arizona.

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    Some 90 percent of those diagnosed with a penicillin allergy can actually tolerate the antibiotics, according to a study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

    In a finding that many doctors may not be aware of, an estimated 25 to 50 million Americans who may have been told they had the allergy could have been initially misdiagnosed or grown out of it, NBC News reported.

    The solution for many is a simple two-step test, followed, as needed, by a low-dose oral penicillin, taken under a doctor's observation.

    "The whole process takes about three hours and then we can say they're free to take penicillin in the future," said Dr. Elizabeth Phillips, a professor at Vanderbilt University.



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    A sample of penicillin, one of the nominees for the greatest invention, is displayed at the Science Museum on November 4, 2009 in London, England.A sample of penicillin, one of the nominees for the greatest invention, is displayed at the Science Museum on November 4, 2009 in London, England.

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    Alain Robert, 54, has a lifelong passion for scaling skyscrapers and other structures with only his hands and a good pair of climbing shoes despite his frequent arrests by police for unauthorized stunts. The French daredevil added the Agbar Tower in Barcelona, Spain, to his repertoire of over 100 conquered buildings and structures on Nov. 25, 2016. See some of his wildest climbs from around the world.

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    Alain Robert's latest stunt involved scaling the Agbar Tower with only hands and feet in Barcelona, Spain, on Nov. 25, 2016. The La Sagrada Familia Basilica designed by architect Antoni Gaudi can be seen in the background, left.Alain Robert's latest stunt involved scaling the Agbar Tower with only hands and feet in Barcelona, Spain, on Nov. 25, 2016. The La Sagrada Familia Basilica designed by architect Antoni Gaudi can be seen in the background, left.

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