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DENVER — A trove of ancient bones from gigantic animals discovered in the Colorado mountains is providing scientists with a fascinating look at what happened about 120,000 years ago when the Earth got as warm as it is today.

NEW YORK — Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.

LOS ANGELES — Police arrested dozens of demonstrators who refused to disperse Wednesday on the third night of protests over a decision not to bring criminal charges against Ferguson, Missouri policeman for killing a black man.

The two friends' morning intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex.

CHICAGO — The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.

WASHINGTON — There's no free lunch — or breakfast or dinner — for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter.

Sometimes lightning does strike twice in the same place.

CLEVELAND — A police officer fatally shot a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun within two seconds of his cruiser pulling up and the officer allegedly ordering the boy three times to put up his hands.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A small band of snow along a stretch of eastern Missouri briefly caused headaches for holiday drivers Wednesday, but otherwise it was smooth sailing for motorists on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

WEST MILFORD, N.J. — A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cellphone before it mauled him to death.

A man and woman were pulled out of a burning Houser Street home in North Chattanooga this morning by firefighters and taken to Erlanger hospital with critical injuries, authorities said.

A woman suspected in a snatch-and-grab robbery at the East Ridge Flea Market on Sunday has been charged, East Ridge police said in a news release.

HENDERSON, Tenn. — A university in Tennessee says it has canceled Bill Cosby's scheduled appearance at a benefit dinner amid allegations made by women accusing the comedian of sexual assault.

DOTHAN, Ala. — The mayor of a southeast Alabama town is among 11 people arrested in a prostitution sting.

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