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Justice Ginsburg Leaves Hospital After Procedure

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 18 min 45 sec ago
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Thursday after undergoing a heart procedure on Wednesday, the Supreme Court said.

For Retail, a Mix of Hope and Fear

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 33 min 16 sec ago
The U.S. economy has grown strongly since stumbling at the beginning of the year. The holiday shopping season will help determine if 2014 ends with a bang.

Urban Farmers Trade Goods and Stories at ‘Crop Swaps’

New York Times - California News - 42 min 19 sec ago
The swaps, which operate on the barter system, allow people to diversify their pantries while bolstering their relationships with others in their communities.

Tehran Hard-Liners Undermine Nuclear Talks

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 46 min 54 sec ago
U.S. and European officials see an ongoing, and possibly intensifying, effort by hard-line factions in Tehran to sabotage more than a year of international negotiations aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

Ventura County flirts with heat record

Ventura County Star - Local News - 55 min 12 sec ago

Southern California broke its all-time record for heat on Thanksgiving Day while Ventura County was within one degree of making the same weather history.

Cities including Los Angeles, Long Beach and Burbank had Thanksgiving temperatures in the 90s, ushering the Southland to a new heat record.

Ventura County came close, with Camarillo hitting 85. Its record temperature was 86 in 2011. Oxnard hit 87, almost breaking the 88-degree record set in 1924.

National Weather Service weather specialist Stuart Seto said the record temperatures are due to an offshore flow of warm air.

Friday's highs for Camarillo are predicted to be in the mid-70s before cooling into the high 60s Saturday. It will be sunny with temperatures in the 70s along the coast.

Ventura County flirts with heat record

Ventura County Star Top Stories - 55 min 12 sec ago

Southern California broke its all-time record for heat on Thanksgiving Day while Ventura County was within one degree of making the same weather history.

Cities including Los Angeles, Long Beach and Burbank had Thanksgiving temperatures in the 90s, ushering the Southland to a new heat record.

Ventura County came close, with Camarillo hitting 85. Its record temperature was 86 in 2011. Oxnard hit 87, almost breaking the 88-degree record set in 1924.

National Weather Service weather specialist Stuart Seto said the record temperatures are due to an offshore flow of warm air.

Friday's highs for Camarillo are predicted to be in the mid-70s before cooling into the high 60s Saturday. It will be sunny with temperatures in the 70s along the coast.

Ferguson Residents Help Clean Up, Join in Holiday Celebrations

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 1 hour 16 min ago
Ferguson area residents came out in a show of support Thursday to clean up debris, spruce up buildings and celebrate Thanksgiving after violence erupted in response to a grand jury’s decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Health Site Snags Immigrants

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 1 hour 23 min ago
Legal immigrants are running into fresh problems signing up for insurance on HealthCare.gov, presenting a hurdle in the Obama administration’s efforts to cover more Hispanics.

Democratic Rifts Surface After Midterm Defeat

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 2 hours 51 min ago
Long-muted tensions within the Democratic Party over policy and strategy are surfacing publicly, a sign of leaders looking beyond President Obama’s tenure in the wake of the party’s election defeat.

Thousands Line Thanksgiving Day Parade Route in New York City

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 3 hours 22 min ago
The weather was chilly as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade moved through Midtown on Thursday.

Fatal crash reported on PCH near Sycamore Cove

Ventura County Star - Local News - 3 hours 46 min ago

Authorities responded to a fatal crash on Pacific Coast Highway near Sycamore Cove Thursday afternoon.

Preliminary reports say a motorcycle and an SUV were involved in the crash that occurred about 2:20 p.m. in the 9000 block of PCH, near the entrance to Sycamore Cove campground. California Highway Patrol and Ventura County Fire Department responded.

Northbound lanes on PCH were closed for about two hours after the crash. All lanes had opened by about 6 p.m.

Fatal crash reported on PCH near Sycamore Cove

Ventura County Star Top Stories - 3 hours 46 min ago

Authorities responded to a fatal crash on Pacific Coast Highway near Sycamore Cove Thursday afternoon.

Preliminary reports say a motorcycle and an SUV were involved in the crash that occurred about 2:20 p.m. in the 9000 block of PCH, near the entrance to Sycamore Cove campground. California Highway Patrol and Ventura County Fire Department responded.

Northbound lanes on PCH were closed for about two hours after the crash. All lanes had opened by about 6 p.m.

More than 700 enjoy free Thanksgiving meal

Ventura County Star - Local News - 3 hours 56 min ago

Limited income made purchasing a Thanksgiving dinner difficult for Camarillo resident Stephanie McHugh.

So when she heard about the eighth annual Moose Lodge Thanksgiving feast in Camarillo on Thursday, she invited her family for a hearty and traditional holiday dinner.

“I was so happy to see this many volunteers and people come together to put on such a great meal for so many people,” said McHugh, who enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with sister Linda Hewes, daughter Lyssa Hewes and grandson Cameron Stevens, 11.

“It’s a nice atmosphere,” said McHugh, who said the communal tables harked back to generations when more than 20 people would gather around the table for Thanksgiving.

A total of 56 turkeys, 175 pounds of sweet potatoes, 100 pounds of stuffing, 10 gallons of gravy, and more than 100 pies were part of the Moose Lodge’s Thanksgiving feast open to all on Thanksgiving Day.

The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 2047, Women of the Moose Chapter 1957 and the Camarillo-Somis Pleasant Valley Lions Club organized and hosted the event with the help of more than 100 volunteers, including non-members.

From 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. more than 700 people enjoyed the meals and fellowship. Among them were Tim McGarry, his wife Patricia Cooper, his mother Sheila Smith, and his two children Aluasha, 1, and Bellarue, 6 months.

McGarry and Cooper run a small business from home and were happy spend the holiday with members of the community.

“It’s great because we can enjoy each other on Thanksgiving instead of dealing with the stresses of the holiday,” Cooper said. “The tendency is that if we’re at home, we’re working.”

Smith said she has cooked her share of Thanksgiving spreads over the years and was happy and heartened to be waited on for a change.

“The minute the volunteers see us finish something, they make sure to offer us something else,” she said. “They make you feel very special.”

As a first-time volunteer, Elaine Valente was impressed that guests would be served their meals on real china.

“I thought that was the most human, dignified way of showing the spirit of family on Thanksgiving,” she said.

Emily Thompson, who organized the dinner, said she wanted guests to be treated like kings and queens.

The Thanksgiving feast was dedicated to her mother Emily Thompson, one of the founding committee members who staged the dining hall during Thanksgiving to ensure guests were served in a timely fashion.

“She loved hearing people’s stories and making each person feel at home,” Thompson said of her mother, who died this year after a battle with cancer. “My mom didn’t think it was fair that people would miss out on a Thanksgiving meal, and she loved watching the families and children smile like they are doing today.”

More than 700 enjoy free Thanksgiving meal

Ventura County Star Top Stories - 3 hours 56 min ago

Limited income made purchasing a Thanksgiving dinner difficult for Camarillo resident Stephanie McHugh.

So when she heard about the eighth annual Moose Lodge Thanksgiving feast in Camarillo on Thursday, she invited her family for a hearty and traditional holiday dinner.

“I was so happy to see this many volunteers and people come together to put on such a great meal for so many people,” said McHugh, who enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with sister Linda Hewes, daughter Lyssa Hewes and grandson Cameron Stevens, 11.

“It’s a nice atmosphere,” said McHugh, who said the communal tables harked back to generations when more than 20 people would gather around the table for Thanksgiving.

A total of 56 turkeys, 175 pounds of sweet potatoes, 100 pounds of stuffing, 10 gallons of gravy, and more than 100 pies were part of the Moose Lodge’s Thanksgiving feast open to all on Thanksgiving Day.

The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 2047, Women of the Moose Chapter 1957 and the Camarillo-Somis Pleasant Valley Lions Club organized and hosted the event with the help of more than 100 volunteers, including non-members.

From 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. more than 700 people enjoyed the meals and fellowship. Among them were Tim McGarry, his wife Patricia Cooper, his mother Sheila Smith, and his two children Aluasha, 1, and Bellarue, 6 months.

McGarry and Cooper run a small business from home and were happy spend the holiday with members of the community.

“It’s great because we can enjoy each other on Thanksgiving instead of dealing with the stresses of the holiday,” Cooper said. “The tendency is that if we’re at home, we’re working.”

Smith said she has cooked her share of Thanksgiving spreads over the years and was happy and heartened to be waited on for a change.

“The minute the volunteers see us finish something, they make sure to offer us something else,” she said. “They make you feel very special.”

As a first-time volunteer, Elaine Valente was impressed that guests would be served their meals on real china.

“I thought that was the most human, dignified way of showing the spirit of family on Thanksgiving,” she said.

Emily Thompson, who organized the dinner, said she wanted guests to be treated like kings and queens.

The Thanksgiving feast was dedicated to her mother Emily Thompson, one of the founding committee members who staged the dining hall during Thanksgiving to ensure guests were served in a timely fashion.

“She loved hearing people’s stories and making each person feel at home,” Thompson said of her mother, who died this year after a battle with cancer. “My mom didn’t think it was fair that people would miss out on a Thanksgiving meal, and she loved watching the families and children smile like they are doing today.”

Turkey Day Dash kicks off holiday

Ventura County Star - Local News - 5 hours 14 min ago

For many, the 10th annual Turkey Day Dash at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks presented family bonding time, the opportunity for exercise and outdoor enjoyment on Thanksgiving morning.

Zak Howell, Conejo Valley YMCA race director, said more than 3,500 participants were expected to participate, about 500 more than last year.

“The money goes into scholarships and financial assistance to needy families and seniors who can’t afford our programs,” Howell said.

This year’s race appeared to have an abundance of strollers with which families navigated the 5K run.

Thousand Oaks’ Bret and Jen Anderson and their children Luke, 8, Judd, 6, and Lily, 18 months, were participating in the 5K with a double stroller.

“We’re here today to spend time as a family, get some exercise and to give thanks for the beautiful earth, the beautiful sun and the beautiful town we live in,” Bret Anderson said. “It is a challenge with the stroller, but it’s fun.”

“Ask me how I feel about it at the end,” Jen said.

Luke was excited.

“This is awesome,” he said. “I love running.”

Shana Pugliese of Moorpark was planning to run in the 5K with her double stroller. Allison Pugliese, 5, planned to run the 1K with her dad and then go into the stroller for the 5K along with her 1-year-old sister, Nicole Pugliese.

“This is a tradition,” Shana Pugliese said. “We’ve been doing this for years, since before Nicole was born.”

Kimberlee and Michael Polsinelli of Thousand Oaks said they planned to walk the 5K with their daughters Zoe, 6 months, and Keelin, 2, in the double stroller.

“It’s nice to get out and have a little exercise before you go home and eat a big turkey dinner,” Kimberlee Polsinelli said. “It’s tradition. And it’s a beautiful day out here.”

Many participants were visiting family from out of town.

Corine Rogers and her boyfriend Chris Holley from San Diego came to enjoy Thanksgiving with his family in Thousand Oaks.

“It’s a good way to burn off some calories, so we can eat this afternoon, and support the YMCA, which is a good cause,” Holley said. “We just did the iron man two weeks ago, so this should just be about fun.”

Art and Barbara Klein were in from Denver, Colorado, to visit her parents in Thousand Oaks.

“If I were back home, I’d be going to exercise class before I eat,” said Barbara Klein, who grew up in Thousand Oaks.

“We usually walk in the morning,” Art Klein said.

The Freedman family from Newbury Park — Julie, Stephen, daughters Taylor, 13, and Lindsay, 8, and son Joshua, 16 — come to the Turkey Day Dash every year.

“It’s a great way to start off Thanksgiving,” Julie Freedman said. “I can eat my pie and not worry about it and we see all our friends. It’s a fun community event.”

Turkey Day Dash kicks off holiday

Ventura County Star Top Stories - 5 hours 14 min ago

For many, the 10th annual Turkey Day Dash at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks presented family bonding time, the opportunity for exercise and outdoor enjoyment on Thanksgiving morning.

Zak Howell, Conejo Valley YMCA race director, said more than 3,500 participants were expected to participate, about 500 more than last year.

“The money goes into scholarships and financial assistance to needy families and seniors who can’t afford our programs,” Howell said.

This year’s race appeared to have an abundance of strollers with which families navigated the 5K run.

Thousand Oaks’ Bret and Jen Anderson and their children Luke, 8, Judd, 6, and Lily, 18 months, were participating in the 5K with a double stroller.

“We’re here today to spend time as a family, get some exercise and to give thanks for the beautiful earth, the beautiful sun and the beautiful town we live in,” Bret Anderson said. “It is a challenge with the stroller, but it’s fun.”

“Ask me how I feel about it at the end,” Jen said.

Luke was excited.

“This is awesome,” he said. “I love running.”

Shana Pugliese of Moorpark was planning to run in the 5K with her double stroller. Allison Pugliese, 5, planned to run the 1K with her dad and then go into the stroller for the 5K along with her 1-year-old sister, Nicole Pugliese.

“This is a tradition,” Shana Pugliese said. “We’ve been doing this for years, since before Nicole was born.”

Kimberlee and Michael Polsinelli of Thousand Oaks said they planned to walk the 5K with their daughters Zoe, 6 months, and Keelin, 2, in the double stroller.

“It’s nice to get out and have a little exercise before you go home and eat a big turkey dinner,” Kimberlee Polsinelli said. “It’s tradition. And it’s a beautiful day out here.”

Many participants were visiting family from out of town.

Corine Rogers and her boyfriend Chris Holley from San Diego came to enjoy Thanksgiving with his family in Thousand Oaks.

“It’s a good way to burn off some calories, so we can eat this afternoon, and support the YMCA, which is a good cause,” Holley said. “We just did the iron man two weeks ago, so this should just be about fun.”

Art and Barbara Klein were in from Denver, Colorado, to visit her parents in Thousand Oaks.

“If I were back home, I’d be going to exercise class before I eat,” said Barbara Klein, who grew up in Thousand Oaks.

“We usually walk in the morning,” Art Klein said.

The Freedman family from Newbury Park — Julie, Stephen, daughters Taylor, 13, and Lindsay, 8, and son Joshua, 16 — come to the Turkey Day Dash every year.

“It’s a great way to start off Thanksgiving,” Julie Freedman said. “I can eat my pie and not worry about it and we see all our friends. It’s a fun community event.”

EPA Proposes Stricter Ozone Standard

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 5 hours 26 min ago
The EPA proposed lower limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, in the atmosphere, setting in motion the latest in a series of far-reaching federal pollution restrictions.

Pentagon Prepares More Guantanamo Releases

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 5 hours 31 min ago
The Pentagon is preparing to transfer additional detainees from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the coming weeks, according to defense and congressional officials.

HealthCare.gov Gets 222,000 New Sign-Ups in First Week

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 5 hours 39 min ago
About 220,000 people picked health plans for the first time through HealthCare.gov in the first week the site reopened to sell coverage, Obama administration officials said Wednesday.
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