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If Thanksgiving dinner is your Super Bowl, we've got the playbook

Need a great breakfast idea for a house full of guests? Get a last-minute invitation and need a recipe for a quick, easy, amazing cranberry sauce you can bring? Did your brother wait until now to mention his fiancee is vegan? ("That won't be a problem, will it?") Need to get those leftovers out of your fridge? We've got you covered.


  1. U.S. troops are served traditional Thanksgiving meal


    U.S Army soldiers serving in the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo were served a traditional Thanksgiving meal by their superiors in a U.S. military base Camp Bondsteel, near the village of Sojeve in Kosovo on Thursday.

    U.S Army soldiers serving in the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo are served traditional Thanksgiving meal by their superiors in a U.S. military base Camp Bondsteel.
  2. Thanksgiving parade features balloons, bands, heavy security


    NEW YORK — Giant balloons took to the clear, sunny sky over midtown Manhattan on Thursday for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, with spectators lining up along the parade route and a heavy police presence keeping a watchful eye.

    The balloon Skylanders' Eruptor is moved through Columbus Circle during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 in New York.  [Associated Press]
  3. In Africa, Pope Francis warns of 'catastrophic' outcome if interests derail climate talks


    NAIROBI, Kenya — Pope Francis warned Thursday that it would be "catastrophic" for world leaders to let special interest groups get in the way of a global agreement to curb fossil fuel emissions as he brought his environmental message to the heart of Africa on the eve of make-or-break climate change talks in Paris. …

    Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a Mass on the campus of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday. Francis told Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya on Thursday that they have little choice but to engage in dialogue to guard against the "barbarous" Islamic extremist attacks that have struck Kenya. The pontiff is wearing a robe made for him by the Dolly Craft Sewing Project and Women's Group of the Kangemi slum of Nairobi. [Associated Press]
  4. Where you live can play a role in when you die, study says


    People living in Pasco and Hernando counties are more likely to die prematurely than residents of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  5. Hollande, on Moscow visit, calls for broad anti-ISIS coalition


    MOSCOW — French President Francois Hollande called for forming a broad international coalition against the Islamic State group, using his visit to Moscow on Thursday to try to unite France, the U.S. and Russia on a response to the Paris attacks that killed 130 people.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to France's President Francois Hollande during their meeting in Moscow on Thursday. [Associated Press]
  6. Tampa Bay is a graveyard for transportation ballot measures


    In this era of popular sentiment for small government, the local sales tax is something of a phenomenon.

    A rendering from Greenlight Pinellas shows a conceptual view of a commuter rail line running down the median of Roosevelt Boulevard where the road crosses U.S. 19 and becomes East Bay Drive. Pinellas County voters defeated the transit plan in 2014. (
Courtesy of Pinellas Suncoast Transit Agency)
  7. A simple holiday message from the police chief: Lock the car, take that purse with you

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — At a recent meeting of neighborhood leaders, Police Chief Tony Holloway chose humor to make a serious point as the holiday season drew near.

    St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway is trying to spread the message that residents need to lock their cars and their homes. (DIRK SHADD   |   Times, 2014)
  8. Struggling USF Bulls prepare for No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats


    The prevailing narrative is a no-brainer. Cal vs. Coach O. Chieftain of the Kentucky hoops juggernaut going head-to-head against his former first lieutenant.

     South Florida Bulls head coach Orlando Antigua calls a play for his team on offense in the second half at the Sun Dome in Tampa. NJIT defeated USF 60-57. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  9. John Bonsey Sr., former Pinellas County Commission chairman, dies at age 91

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — He started out a fighter, a light-heavyweight boxing champ who used a pseudonym so his mother wouldn't know he was spending his days in the ring.

    Pinellas County Commission Chairman John Bonsey, right, is presented a set of carpenter's tools at opening ceremonies for the Parade of Homes in March 1965 St. Petersburg. (Times file)
  10. NFL officially informs Bucs of Alexander's 4-game suspension


    The Bucs may be forced to play the final month of the season without rookie middle linebacker Kwon Alexander.

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Marco Rubio: 'We are most definitely at war with ISIS'

Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, were interviewed by TODAY's Natalie Morales this week in South Carolina and it aired this morning during the Thanksgiving telecast. Together they talked about how their kids are supportive of dad's presidential run, but also tough critics. One on one with Morales, Rubio talked about the war with ISIS and the refugee crisis....