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  1. Pope urges Europe to accept migrants


    STRASBOURG, France — Pope Francis sought Thursday to inspire an old and "haggard" Europe to find its vigor and greatness once again, urging European governments to welcome migrants, care for the elderly and create jobs for the unemployed.

    Pope Francis and European Parliament President Martin Schulz leave the parliament building on Tuesday in Strasbourg, France, after the pope’s major address calling for change in Europe.
  2. Helium: It gives New York's Thanksgiving parade a lift


    It'll never rank up there with turkey and pumpkin pie, but for millions of Americans the Thanksgiving experience just wouldn't be the same without helium.

    A giant Uncle Sam balloon is marched down Sixth Avenue in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 
  3. snow drought


    TWIN BRIDGES, Calif. — At ski areas up and down the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada, where California's drought has hit historic proportions and the broader threat of climate change hangs heavy over an industry built on optimism, the man-made snow is flying.

    A ski run is mostly bare except for small amounts of man-made snow at Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., on Nov. 17. Climate change presents a growing challenge to the ski industry in California.
  4. Swiss museum accepts bequest of Nazi-era art


    A Swiss museum in Bern will accept the bequest of an immense trove of art amassed by a Nazi-era art dealer but will ensure that any looted art in the trove is returned to its rightful owner, museum officials said Monday.

    Henri Matisse’s painting Woman Sitting in an Armchair is one of the works amassed by a Nazi-era art dealer.
  5. A place where lost luggage gets another shot


    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — It is a secondhand store, one of a kind. Its name, Unclaimed Baggage Center, doesn't quite say it all. Its shelves are stocked not only with luggage lost, forgotten or ditched by airline passengers; the store also carries all the contents of that stray luggage deemed suitable for purchase.

    Anna Cardwell shops for clothes at the thriving Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Ala., on Wednesday.