Tall floats, high security for Macy’s parade

More than 1,800 city cops will accompany the balloons, floats, fans and live entertainment at the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday as millions of residents and tourists balance anxiety over global terrorism with enjoyment of one of New York’s grandest events. New York City officials have said there are no credible threats aimed at the city in the wake of Islamic State’s attacks in France. Thinking about going next year? Here are the best NYC hotels for viewing the parade.

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App guides conversations at Thanksgiving dinner table

StoryCorps, a non-profit that helps Americans record their personal histories, has unveiled a free mobile app to get families talking around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Founder Dave Isay says the effort aims to collect more conversations in a weekend than the 65,000 the group has recorded since 2003 with a sound booth and a facilitator. Aimed at teens, the exercise of interviewing their grandparents can “capture an entire generation of American lives and experiences,” he said, and the recordings can be uploaded to an archive at the Library of Congress.

Holiday shopping: Here’s what’s open on Thursday

Shopping on Thanksgiving is now a thing, so we’ve rounded up the opening hours for some national retailers from RadioShack and Best Buy to Target and Toys R Us. Here’s a look at stores that will be closed. If Friday’s your day, here’s your guide to doorbusters. (Hint: They’re probably not where you think they are.) Whichever day you shop, remember that no deal is worth a broken bone.

Black Friday shopping has given way to Thanksgiving night shopping. From 24/7 Wall Street, these five stores will open their doors on thanksgiving night to shoppers.

Pope holds open air Mass in Nairobi, Kenya

Millions celebrated Mass with Pope Francis at the University of Nairobi in Kenya on Thursday, which has been declared a public holiday and national day of prayer and reflection. Heightened tensions between Muslims and Christians in the country and the presence of militant group al-Shabab has led to the deployment of thousands of police and soldiers throughout the capital.Francis’ visit to Kenya is part of his six-day pilgrimage to Africa, where he will also visit Uganda and the Central African Republic.

And now we give thanks for Thanksgiving football…

Let’s not forget the fabulous feast of NFL football on tap for Thursday. First, the Philadelphia Eagles face the Detroit Lions (12:30 p.m. ET, FOX). Then Dallas hosts Carolina (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS) as Tony Romo and the Cowboys look to hand Cam Newton and the Panthers their first loss of the season. Later, the Green Bay Packers face the Chicago Bears (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC), a game that will include a halftime celebration where Packers’ legendary QB Brett Favre will have his number retired with the team. If NFL football isn’t your thing, there are a few NCAA football games on the schedule or you can check out this list of the best high school rivalry games played on Thanksgiving Day.

The MMQB’s Andy Benoit breaks down what to expect in the Thanksgiving Day matchups between the Eagles and Lions, Panthers and Cowboys, and Bears vs. Packers.
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And the essentials:

Weather: The Northern Rockies will get a white Thanksgiving, while the East and West coasts will have dry, mild weather on Thursday.

Stocks: U.S. markets are closed for the holiday. Global markets advanced.

Wondering what to watch today? Here are eight movies you can watch this Thanksgiving.

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