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Apple Pay Cash now allows U.S. users to send money via iMessages 

Apple Pay Cash is now live for U.S. users, allowing iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad owners to transfer money to virtual Pay Cash cards.

The app requires iOS 11.2, and works with iPhone 6 or later, iPhone SE, the 5th generation of iPads, iPad pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 or later and the Apple Watch.

Apple Pay Cash allows users to send and receive money through iMessage conversations using the Messages app. Cash is sent from a linked debit or credit card, according to Apple. If you are receiving cash, it is stored in an Apple Pay Cash card in the Wallet app. That cash can be used for purchases or it can be transferred to a bank account.  According to Apple, you will have to have two-factor authentication turned on to use the app.

The app is being rolled out to the latest iOS beta first, so it may not be available immediately to some.

There are limits on the amount of money that you can send and received per day and per transaction. If you are adding cash, there is a minimum of $10 per transaction. You cannot add more than $3,000 per day. You cannot add more than $10,000 over a 7-day period. 

If you are sending or receiving cash, there is a $1 minimum and a $3,000 maximum. You can send or receive up to $10,000 over a 7-day period. 

According to Apple, here’s what you need to use Apple Pay Cash:

Here’s how to set up Apple Pay Cash:

  • Open the Wallet app.
  • Tap on the Apple Pay Cash card that appears there.
  • Apple will walk you through the setup process, and ask if you want to enable Apple Pay.
  • You'll be directed to the Settings app to confirm your information. From there, Apple Pay Cash will take a few seconds to activate.
  • Once activated, an Apple Pay Cash card will appear in Wallet and you'll be able to access Apple Pay Cash in the Wallet app.
  • Alternatively, you can also use the Settings app to enable Apple Pay Cash. Go to Settings > Wallet > Apple Pay > Apple Pay Cash and tap the button to toggle it on. Sometimes this option won't show up until it's been activated through the Wallet app, though. 

Click here to see the places where you can use Apple Pay.

What is the Logan Act and what does it have to do with Michael Flynn and President Trump?

Michael Flynn, former national security adviser for President Donald Trump, acknowledge in court last week that he had conversations with Russian officials during the transition period between the election and Trump’s swearing-in, then lied to the FBI about doing so. 

According to charging documents, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about actions that took place after the election, during the transition.

While many have speculated that Flynn is a subject of the investigation of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the documents do not allege collusion or conspiracy with Russian officials prior to the election. The documents instead refer to two discussions Flynn had with Russian officials in the months after the November 2016 election.

The first conversation involved Russia’s reaction to a United Nations resolution on Israeli settlements. The other conversation concerned President Barack Obama’s executive order on Russian sanctions. According to Flynn, each time, “senior officials” on the Trump transition team directed him to convey certain information.

While Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was charged with lying to the FBI, what he lied about – conversations with foreign governments during the transition – is covered by a two-century-old law called the Logan Act.

Here’s a look at the Logan Act and what Flynn’s legal jeopardy would be if he were indicted on suspicion of violating the act.

What is the Logan Act?

The Logan Act, (18 U.S.C. § 953) is a 218-year-old law that prohibits people outside of the US executive branch from interfering in U.S. foreign policy.

The law reads:

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

Has anyone ever been prosecuted under the Logan Act?

No one has ever been prosecuted under the Logan Act, though at least two people appear to have been indicted under the act. 

Why isn’t someone who breaks the law prosecuted?

Most refer to the Logan Act as “dead letter,” or a law that remains on the books but is essentially not prosecuted. Some believe the law is unconstitutional – restricting free speech – and vague.

What have the courts said about the Logan Act?

Not much, since there have been no prosecutions under the act. Courts have commented on the Logan Act, and in 1964, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said of the Logan Act that there exists a “doubtful question with regard to the constitutionality of that statute under the Sixth Amendment. That doubt is engendered by the statute's use of the vague and indefinite terms, "defeat" and "measures." Neither of these words is an abstraction of common certainty or possesses a definite statutory or judicial definition.”

Should Flynn be worried about prosecution under the Logan Act?

Probably not, given that in more than 200 years, no one has been prosecuted for violating it. The more pressing legal trouble would involve lying to the FBI, something Flynn admitted doing.

Flynn indicted: Read what Flynn agreed to tell the government about conversations with the Russians

Details of the cooperation former national security adviser Michael Flynn intends to give to special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and after emerged around noon on Friday as a “statement of the offense” was released.

The document that was filed with the indictment in a Washington D.C. court, lists statements from Flynn as to why he would have met with Russian officials and who may have directed him to do so during the transition between President Barack Obama’s administration and the incoming Donald Trump administration.

In the statement, prosecutors said Flynn spoke with a “senior official” of Trump’s transition team who was at Mar-a-Lago resort in December 2016 to discuss what, if anything, he would say to the then-Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergy Kislyak.

Click here to read the statement of the offense.



Who is Robert Mueller, the man named special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian interference?

 Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named to "oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, and related matters." 

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the announcement Wednesday of the appointment saying, "My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command."

Who is Mueller? Here’s a quick look at the man named to lead the investigation.

  • Mueller was appointed FBI director in 2001 and led the FBI through the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. He retired in 2013.
  • He was the second-longest FBI director in history.
  • Mueller, along with then Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, offered to resign from office in March 2004 if the White House overruled a Department of Justice finding that domestic wiretapping without a court warrant was unconstitutional.
  • Mueller was replaced as FBI director by James Comey.
  • He worked for 12 years in the US attorney's offices, in the Northern District of California in San Francisco, and also working as an assistant US attorney in Boston.
  • He was an assistant to the U.S. attorney general in 1989.
  • He is a Vietnam War veteran. As a Marine in the 3rd Marine Division, he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Gallantry Cross.
  • After leaving the FBI, Mueller joined private law firm WilmerHale.
  • The Justice Department said Mueller has resigned from his job at a private law firm to take the job of special counsel.
  • He is 72. He was born in New York City. He graduated from Princeton.
  • Mueller is married and has two daughters.

Michael Flynn indictment: Read the charges filed against Flynn

Here is the indictment filed against Michael Flynn in a Washigton D.C. court.  (Click here to see a timeline of events leading up to Flynn’s indictment.)

Here is Flynn’s statement on his guilty plea Friday:

The Senate tax reform bill: What time is the vote, who is for it, who is against?

(Update: Several GOP senators have pushed  amendments to cover ‘a lot of concerns’ in the tax reform bill that has led to Republican leaders rewriting parts of the bill. The vote was postponed until at least some time on Friday. )

Senate Republicans leaders said Thursday they are confident they will have the votes to pass a bill by Friday that will offer, for the first time in 31 years, a major overhaul of the U.S. tax code. 

"It's almost ready to take out of the oven," Sen. Lindsay Graham, (R-S.C.), told CNN. "We're going to get there. It's just a matter of how we get there. It's not if we get there, it's just how we get there. We're gonna get a pass. We're gonna pass this tax cut bill this week."

Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), who had been a holdout, announced Thursday he would vote yes on the tax reform bill. 

If it passes, the measure will give President Donald Trump a win on one of his biggest campaign promises.

The Senate bill will nearly double the standard deduction used by about 70 percent of U.S. taxpayers from $6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for married couples to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for couples. The bill would eliminate the personal deduction of $4,050.

Here’s what to know about when the vote is likely, who is for it and who is on the fence, and some of the fine points of the legislation. 

When will the vote take place?

That is hard to tell, but it looks like it could be very late on Thursday or early on Friday. (Check back here for the latest update on the vote time).

What happens next?

The clock is now running for debate and when that clock runs out, time will be yielded back to the chairman, then a “vote-a-rama” will begin. A vote-a-rama is defined as 15 or more votes on a piece of legislation in one day. The votes come as senators introduce amendments to legislation. They can introduce unlimited amendments. Each amendment must be voted on. It can go on for some time. 

How many votes are needed?

For the bill to pass, 50 votes are needed. The GOP can lose two votes, leaving the vote at 50-49, and still have the bill pass, assuming all the Democratic and Independent senators vote no.

Where does the vote stand as of Thursday afternoon?

The momentum on the bill has shifted somewhat since McCain announced his decision to vote yes. As it stands now, 42 Republicans have said they intend to vote for the bill. Ten GOP senators are still considering their vote, and all 46 Democratic and both Independent senators are planning to vote no. 

Who has concerns?

These 10 senators have expressed concerns over certain parts of the bill, but have not said they will vote no.

Susan Collins (Maine)

Bob Corker (Tenn.)

Steve Daines (Mont.)

Jeff Flake (Ariz.)

Dean Heller (Nev.)

Ron Johnson (Wis.)

John Neely Kennedy (La.)

Mike Lee (Utah)

Jerry Moran (Kan.)

Marco Rubio (Fla.)

Who is in?

Forty-two GOP senators have indicated they will vote yes on the tax reform bill.

Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)

John Barrasso (Wyo.)

Roy Blunt (Mo.)

John Boozman (Ark.)

Richard Burr (N.C.)

Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.)

Bill Cassidy (La.)

Thad Cochran (Miss.)

John Cornyn (Tex.)

Tom Cotton (Ark.)

Mike Crapo (Idaho)

Ted Cruz (Tex.)

Mike Enzi (Wyo.)

Joni Ernst (Iowa)

Deb Fischer (Neb.)

Cory Gardner (Colo.)

Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.)

Charles E. Grassley (Iowa)

Orrin G. Hatch (Utah)

John Hoeven (N.D.)

James M. Inhofe (Okla.)

Johnny Isakson (Ga.)

James Lankford (Okla.)

John McCain (Ariz.)

Mitch McConnell (Ky.)

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Rand Paul (Ky.)

David Perdue (Ga.)

Rob Portman (Ohio)

James E. Risch (Idaho)

Pat Roberts (Kan.)

Mike Rounds (S.D.)

Ben Sasse (Neb.)

Tim Scott (S.C.)

Richard C. Shelby (Ala.)

Luther Strange (Ala.)

Dan Sullivan (Alaska)

John Thune (S.D.)

Thom Tillis (N.C.)

Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.)

Roger Wicker (Miss.)

Todd C. Young (Ind.)

Who is out?

Every Democratic senator, plus two Independent senators (Angus King and Bernie Sanders) who caucus with the Democrats, have indicated they will vote no on the tax reform bill.

Tammy Baldwin (Wis.)

Michael Bennet (Colo.)

Richard Blumenthal (Conn.)

Cory Booker (N.J.)

Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

Maria Cantwell (Wash.)

Ben Cardin (Md.)

Tom Carper (Del.)

Bob Casey (Pa.)

Chris Coons (Del.)

Joe Donnelly (Ind.)

Tammy Duckworth (Ill.)

Dick Durbin (Ill.)

Dianne Feinstein (Calif.)

Al Franken (Minn.)

Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.)

Kamala Harris (Calif.)

Maggie Hassan (N.H.)

Martin Heinrich (N.M.)

Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)

Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)

Tim Kaine (Va.)

Angus King (I-Maine)

Amy Klobuchar (Minn.)

Patrick Leahy (Vt.)

Joe Manchin (W.Vir.)

Ed Markey (Mass.)

Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.)

Claire McCaskill (Mo.)

Bob Menendez (N.J.)

Jeff Merkley (Ore.)

Chris Murphy (Conn.)

Patty Murray (Wash.)

Bill Nelson (Fla.)

Gary Peters (Mich.)

Jack Reed (R.I.)

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Brian Schatz (Hawaii)

Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)

Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.)

Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)

Jon Tester (Mont.)

Tom Udall (N.M.)

Chris Van Hollen (Md.)

Mark Warner (Va.)

Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)

Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.)

Ron Wyden (Ore.)

What’s in the bill? 

From The Associated Press: 

The overall package is a blend of generous tax cuts for businesses and more modest tax cuts for families and individuals. 

The package would lower the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, and it would allow businesses owners to deduct up to 20 percent of their business income.

The plan would nearly double the standard deduction to around $12,000 for individuals and about $24,000 for married couples. The tax cuts for individuals would expire in 2026 while the corporate tax cuts would be permanent.

Click here to see some of the fine print in the bill.

What does the Senate bill mean for your taxes?

The Joint Committee on Taxation offered this analysis on how the Senate bill will affect taxpayers:

  • 61 percent of taxpayers would receive a tax cut.
  • 8 percent of taxpayers would receive a tax increase.
  • 30 percent of taxpayers would see little or no change.

A king, two divorces and a wedding: Who was Wallis Simpson?

Kensington Palace announced Tuesday that Meghan Markle will be baptized into the Church of England prior to her May wedding to Prince Harry.

The wedding will take place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the Palace announced, answering a question some had as to whether Markle and the prince could be married in a church service considering she is divorced.

It’s not the first time that question has been asked concerning a British royal and his American financee.

The same question was asked 81 years ago when King Edward III’s  desire to marry a divorced American led him to give up the throne.

Here’s the what happened when Edward and the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson met, fell in love and married.

Who was Wallis Simpson?

Wallis Simpson was an American living in England in the 1930s with her second husband, Ernest Aldrich Simpson. She and her husband, a shipping executive, began moving in the same circles as Edward, who was then the Prince of Wales.

Simpson was introduced to the prince at Burrough Court on Jan. 10, 1931 by Thelma, Lady Furness, who was having an affair with Edward. By 1934, Simpson allegedly had replaced Lady Furness as the prince's mistress. Simpson was still married at the time.

The course of the relationship

By the end of 1934, Edward and Simpson were in love with each other. Edwards parents were upset at his dalliances with Simpson. Edward holidayed with Simpson, despite the fact she was still married.

In 1936, George V, Edward’s father, died and Edward ascended to the throne of England. It became clear that Edward wanted to marry Simpson, and factions of the British government began to align against him.

The problem with marriage

At the time, the Church of England refused to remarry divorced people if their ex-spouse was still living. The monarch is the head of the Church or England, so Edward was in a tight spot. Remember, Simpson had been divorced once and was on the way to her second divorce in order to marry Edward. 

Simpson filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery, the only reason the Church of England recognized as a legitimate reason for divorce. The decree nisi -- a court order that does not have any force unless a particular condition is met – was granted on Oct. 27, 1936. The couple officially divorced in May 1937.

Looking for a solution

Edward wanted to be king but wanted to be able to marry Simpson as well, so he sought the advice of Stanley Baldwin, the British prime minister. He went to Baldwin with a deal – allow him to remain king and marry, and Simpson would not be made queen. Baldwin did not go along with the deal.

The decision to abdicate

Realizing he did not enjoy support from either side of the British government, and that the scandal over the affair with a married woman was damaging the monarchy, Edward made the decision to give up the throne. 

Meanwhile, Simpson, under constant criticism and pressure, had left England, and in early December released a statement saying she would give up Edward to save the integrity of the monarchy. Edward rejected Simpson’s offer, and three days later, on Dec. 10, 1936, Edward signed the Instrument of Abdication giving up the throne to his brother. 

The next day he addressed the nation saying, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility, and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love." 

The couple married six months later.

What does all that have to do with Harry and Meghan?

The two cases are different for sure. Harry is fifth in line for the British throne, and Edward was a sitting king. 

Kensington Palace has confirmed that Harry and Markle will marry in May 2018. The couple will be married in a church wedding at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. 

That would not have been the case before 2002. That was because until that time, the Church of England did not allow divorced people to remarry if their ex-spouse was still alive. According to an announcement from Kensington Palace, Markle, 36, will become a British citizen and will be baptized and confirmed into the Church of England before the wedding.

Sources: Biography.com; Wikipedia; The Associated Press

Who is Pocahontas? Seven things to know about the woman President Trump keeps referencing

During a ceremony honoring Native American code-talkers on Monday, President Donald Trump referred to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas,” a reference to a Native American woman born in Virginia in the late 1500s.

"We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her 'Pocahontas.' But you know what, I like you, because you are special. You are special people. You are really incredible people," Trump said to World War II veterans attending the ceremony.

The president has often used the name when referring to Warren. In the past, Warren has said she is part Native American, including listing herself as such in an Association of American Law Schools directory. She has never presented any documentation to prove a connection to Native American ancestors.

"It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur. Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he is going to shut me up with it. It hasn't worked out in the past, it isn't going to work out in the future," Warren told MSNBC after Trump's remark Monday. Trump did not call Warren by name.

Who is Trump talking about when he uses the name Pocahontas? Who was the real Pocahontas and what is true about the legend that has grown up around her? 

Here are a few things to know about the Native American “princess.” 

1.  Her given name wasn’t Pocahontas.  

The woman who would become famous as Pocahontas was born in 1596 in the Tidewater region of Virginia in an area called Werowocomoco. She was given the name Matoaka, which means "bright stream between the hills.” She was also known as Amonute. The name that stuck, however, was Pocahontas. It was likely a childhood nickname. It means, “playful one.”

Her father was Powhatan, the leader of an alliance of about 30 Algonquian-speaking groups known as Tsenacommacah. History doesn’t record her mother’s name. When she was a teenager, she would convert to Christianity and take yet another name, Rebecca.

2. She saved John Smith. Maybe.

As with much of the story of Pocahontas’ early life, there is some doubt as to what is true. The most famous story of Pocahontas centers on her efforts to save Captain John Smith, an English explorer. Smith arrived in Virginia in 1607 along with more than 100 settlers to the New World. In the months after his arrival, Smith was captured by a hunting party of Tsenacommacah Indians. The man who captured him was Opechancanough, a relative of Powhatan.

Smith wrote of the capture later, describing the story that has become Pocahontas’ legend. According to Smith, "... at the minute of my execution she [Pocahontas] hazarded the beating out of her own brains to save mine; and not only that, but so prevailed with her father, that I was safely conducted to Jamestown." Historians also have doubts about Smith’s account. Some believe that instead of being on the verge of execution, he may have been part of a ritual intended to symbolize his death and rebirth as a member of the Tsenacommacah tribe.   

3. She was captured by the English and held captive

In 1613, Samuel Argall, an English captain in the First Anglo-Powhatan War, was trying to form an alliance with a group of Native Americans called the Patawomencks, a branch of Pocahontas’ tribe. Argall lured Pocahontas on board his ship where he held her for ransom, demanding that Powhatan release captive Englishmen and supplies. Powhatan refused, and Pocahontas remained captive for the next year.

During that time, Pocahontas was baptized by a minister, Alexander Whitaker. She took the name of Rebecca after she was baptized.

4. A first marriage?

One version of Pocahontas’ early years claims she was married to a man -- Kocoum -- and had a daughter, Ka-Okee. Kocoum, the story goes, was killed by the English after Pocahontas was captured.

5. She was taken to England

In 1614, Pocahontas is said to have told her father that she wished to remain with the English and not come back to her tribe. She had met tobacco farmer John Rolfe during her captivity, and on April 5, 1614 she and Rolfe married. The couple had a son on Jan. 30, 1615. During the two years the couple spent in Virginia, there was a period of peace between the settlers and the natives.

In 1616, Pocahontas and her family were taken to England by the Virginia Company – a trading company formed to establish settlements in the New World. The company, wanting to show how the “taming” of the Native Americans made the English colonies safe, ordered Pocahontas and Rolfe back to England. They arrived there in June, 1616.

It is reported that Pocahontas was treated kindly while there. The Virginia Company presented Pocahontas as a princess to the English.

6. She never returned home

After nearly a year in England, Pocahontas, Rolfe and their son boarded a ship to return to Virginia. The ship had not gone far when Pocahontas and Rolfe fell ill. They were taken ashore. Pocahontas, thought to be 21 at the time, died on March 21, 1617, and was buried in Gravesend, England. Her husband survived, and would return to Virginia with their son. 

7. Some famous descendants

While Warren does not claim she is a descendant of Pocahontas, several famous people do have a genealogical connection to her. Here are a few:

 Edith Bolling Galt Wilson (Woodrow Wilson's wife)

American actor Glenn Strange

Astronomer and mathematician Percival Lowell 

Members of the first families of Virginia, including George Wythe Randolph, Admiral Richard E. Byrd, and Virginia Gov. Harry F. Byrd.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)  

Sources: Biography.comhistory.com; Wikipedia

 

Who is Trevor Engelson, Meghan Markle’s ex-husband?

When Meghan Markle walks down the aisle to marry England’s Prince Harry, it won’t be her first try at matrimony. 

Markle was married once before. She and Trevor Engelson, a man she met when they both pursued careers in the entertainment industry, were married a few years ago, but the union did not last. The couple divorced after only two years of marriage.

Here are a few things you may not have known about Markle’s ex-husband.

  • She and Engelson met in 2004.
  • They married at the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on Sept. 10, 2011.
  • According to Us Weekly, the wedding celebration lasted for four days and included 102 guests.
  • Markle won a role on the TV series “Suits” just before her marriage. The show was shot in Toronto, Canada. Engleson stayed in Los Angeles working on his career.
  • The couple’s marriage lasted just shy of two years. They divorced in August 2013, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
  • The couple had no children together.
  • Engelson is 41. 
  • He has produced several movies, including “All about Steve,” and “Remember Me,” and the upcoming “Snowfall.”
  • He also has acted and is a talent agent. 

Cyber Monday 2017: Your guide to deals from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and more

Black Friday is in the rearview mirror now, and shoppers are scoping out the deals to come on Cyber Monday.

Electronics, televisions and games top the list of bargains available from retailers Monday, but holiday shoppers can also get deals on toys, jewelry, kitchenware and clothing.

According to Adobe Analytics, shoppers are expected to spend $6.6 billion on Cyber Monday. That’s up 16 percent from last year, The Associated Press reports.

Here is a guide to Cyber Monday deals from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and more:

From Amazon

TCL 49-inch Roku Smart 4K TV -- $349.99

Samsung 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV -- $897.99

Samsung 40-inch 1080p (HD) Smart TV -- $297.99

Fire Stick with Amazon Alexa -- $24.99

Fire HD 10 -- $99.99

Fire HD 8 Kids Edition -- $89.99

Kindle -- $49.99

Kindle for Kids Bundle -- $69.99

Kindle Essentials Bundle -- $99.97

Samsung Galaxy Tab A, 7-inch, 8GB -- $99

GoPro Hero5 Session Holiday Bundle -- $249

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera --$498

Beats Powerbeats 3 Wireless In-Ear Headphones -- $124.99

Fitbit Charge 2 Fitness Tracker --$99

Xbox Live Gold 6- or 12-month membership -- $29.99/$49/99

Lodge 10.25" Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet -- $10

Best Buy

Samsung 49-inch MU8000 -- $699.99

Roku Premiere+ -- $50

Samsung - 55" Class (54.6" Diag.) - LED - 2160p - Smart - 4K Ultra HD TV -- $499.99

LG - 43" Class (43" Diag.) - LED - 2160p - Smart - 4K Ultra HD TV -- $329.99 

Apple - MacBook Air® - 13.3" Display - Intel Core i7 - 8GB Memory - 512GB… -- $1,349.99 

Dell - Inspiron 2-in-1 17.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Me… -- $799.99

Microsoft - Surface Laptop - 13.5" - Intel Core i5 - 4GB Memory - 128GB Solid S… -- $899

B&H Photo

Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro -- $1,249

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens-- $176.95  

Panasonic Lumix GH4 Mirrorless Camera + Rode External Mic Kit -- $897.99

Moto Moto G XT1625 4th Gen. 16GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black) -- $109.99

Nikon D500 DSLR -- $2,396.95

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Film Camera -- $59.99

Walmart

Vizio P55-E1 -- $898

Samsung 55-inch 4K Smart TV -- $497.99

Acer Aspire E5 Laptop -- $499

Pie Face! Game -- $6.67

Personalized 80 Piece Youth Art Set -- $18

Dyson DC34 Bagless Cordless Hand Vacuum -- $99 

Dell

15 percent sitewide deals

Sony 55-inch XBR-55X900E -- $998

Chromebook 3180 Education -- $169

Inspiron Desktop -- $749.99

Toys R Us

Get a $5 e-gift card with the purchase of $29 or more

Osmo Genius Kit -- $79.99

Bloxel Video Game Creation Platform -- $29.99

Boys 18 inch Avigo TRX 18 Dual Suspension Bike -- $104.49

Hatchimals Glittering Garden - Shimmering Draggle -- $56.99

Kohls

50-60 percent off select outerwear for the family

Select Women’s and Juniors boots -- $29.99

Select Men’s and Women’s athletic shoes -- $39.99 and under

Keurig K-Classic brewer -- $89.99

50-60 percent off pajamas 

Macy’s 

Diamond Stud Earrings in 14k gold or white gold - $179

60 percent off sweaters and tops

50-70 percent off men’s shoes

Rachael Ray 14-piece nonstick cookware set -- $89.99

Microsoft

Dell Inspiron 13 3000 w/ 1TB HDD  -- $399

Microsoft Surface Pro (cover Included) -- $899

Old Navy

40 percent off everything

Target

Up to 40% off all furniture, plus an extra 15 percent off with the code "TURKEY"

KitchenAid Professional 5-quart mixer -- $199.99  

PlayStation VR Gran Turismo Sport Bundle -- $299.99

More deals

Anthropologie—Save 30 percent on everything.

Asos—Save 30 percent on everything with code "EPIC30".

Banana Republic—Save 50 percent on all regular price items.

Baublebar—Save 30 percent on everything. Use the code "FRIDAY30."

H&M—Save 20 percent on all sale items and 20 percent off all orders over $60.

Nordstrom Rack—Save 30 percent on all sale items

LOFT—Save 50 percent on everything with code "FRIYAY" and free shipping.

Modell's—Save 25 percent on one regular-priced item with code "BLK25OFF"

Zappos—Save up to 30 percent on select brands.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2017: What time, what channel, which balloons will be there?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has signaled the start of the holiday season for nearly 100 years. It draws 3 million people in person in New York City, and more than 50 million on television. 

There are stars who sing and dance, marching bands and balloons. Big balloons.

This year’s version of the parade is set to go off Thursday in New York City with a cast of more than 8,000.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s parade.

What time does it start?

9 a.m. ET. It is scheduled to last until noon.

What channel is it on?

The parade is broadcast on NBC.

How long is the parade route?

2.5 miles

What is the parade route?

The parade begins at 77th Street and Central Park West in Manhattan. It moves south on Central Park West, and at Columbus Circle, it turns east onto Central Park South. When the parade reaches 6th Avenue, it turns south on to 34th Street. At 34th Street it turns west to Macy's Herald Square and ends at 34th Street and Seventh Avenue.

When was the first Macy's Thanksgiving day parade?

The first parade was held on Christmas in 1924.

Which balloons will we see this year?

Angry Birds’ Red

Ice Age’s Scrat and his Acorn

Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger

Sinclair’s Dino

Hello Kitty

Pillsbury the Doughboy

Ronald McDonald

Trolls

SpongeBob SquarePants

Pikachu

The Elf on the Shelf

Charlie Brown

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Super Wings’ Jett

Paw Patrol’s Chase

The Grinch

Frozen’s Olaf

Novelty Balloons

Charlie, Kit & C.J. Holiday Elves

Harold the Policeman

Yellow Star

Pumpkins

Harold the Baseball Player

Rex the Happy Dragon

Cloe the Clown

Christmas String of Lights

Candy Cane

Blue Ornament

Red and Gold Macy’s Star

What about the floats?

There will be 31 floats in the parade.

Who is performing?

Gwen Stefani

98 Degrees

Sara Evans

Andra Day

Cam

Common

Dustin Lynch

Wyclef Jean

Goo Goo Dolls

Smokey Robinson

Kat Graham

The Radio City Rockettes

Olivia Holt

JoJo Siwa

Andy Grammer

Miss America Cara Mund

Leslie Odom Jr.

Padma Lakshmi

Tom Colicchio

Angelica Hale

Bebe Rexha

Lauren Alaina

Nicky Jam

Sabrina Carpenter

Patti LaBelle

Marching Bands

There are 12 marching bands in the parade. They are:

Nation Ford High School Band

West Harrison High School

NYPD Marching Band

U.S. Air Force

Colony High School Band

Ohio University Marching Band

Rockford High School Marching Band

Macy’s Great American Marching Band

Prairie View A&M Marching Storm

Rosemount High School Marching Band

Davis High School Marching Band

Trumbull High School

Parade History

According to the New York Tourist Commission, the inaugural Macy's Day Parade took place on Christmas 1924 and had an audience of 250,000 people. There were no giant balloons until 1927 when Felix the Cat showed up. The parade was first broadcast on radio in 1932.

The Balloons

The balloons are filled with 12,000 cubic feet of helium. They are inflated the day before Thanksgiving at the American Museum of National History from 3 p.m. -10 p.m.

Some numbers

  • On average, 300 bands a year apply for the 12 slots in the parade
  • Those handling the balloons, 30 to 100 of them for each balloon, are volunteers.
  • It  takes 15 minutes to deflate the balloon.

 

 

Black Friday 2017: Your guide to Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon deals, store hours, ads and more

 

It’s almost go time.

Sure, you have a turkey and all the fixins’ to fix, family to visit with and football to watch, but you also have sales to attend, deals to get and shopping to get over with.

With holiday shopping barking at the door like a pack of wolves, here's a quick guide to the best deals, store hours, ads and shopping apps. 

Good luck!

Below is a list of store opening times for Thanksgiving:

  • Bass Pro Shops – 8 a.m.
  • Bealls Florida – 6 p.m.
  • Belk – 4 p.m.
  • Bergner’s – 11 a.m.
  • Best Buy – 5 p.m.
  • Big Lots - 7 a.m.
  • Bon-Ton – 11 a.m.
  • Boston Store – 11 a.m.
  • Cabela’s – 8 a.m. 
  • Carson’s – 11 a.m.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods – 6 p.m. 
  • Dollar General – 7 a.m.
  • Elder-Beerman – 11 a.m. 
  • Five Below – 6 p.m. 
  • Fred’s Pharmacy – 9 a.m.
  • GameStop – 4 p.m.
  • Herberger’s – 11 a.m.
  • JCPenney – 2 p.m.
  • Kohl’s – 5 p.m. 
  • Kmart – 6 a.m.
  • Macy’s – 5 p.m. 
  • Meijer – 6 a.m.
  • Michaels – 6 p.m. (Opens at 5 p.m. for Rewards members)
  • Rite Aid – Hours Vary by Location (most stores open)
  • Sears – 6 p.m. 
  • Shopko – 4 p.m. 
  • Stage Stores – 2 p.m.
  • Target – 6 p.m. 
  • Toys R Us – 5 p.m.
  • Walgreens – Varies by Location
  • Walmart – 6 p.m. (for Black Friday deals)
  • Younker’s – 11 a.m.

See the complete list of Thanksgiving openings/hours here.

Below is a list of the store opening times for Black Friday:

  • Babies R Us - 8 a.m.
  • Bass Pro Shops - 5 a.m.  
  • Belk - 6 a.m. 
  • Best Buy - 8 a.m.
  • Big Lots - 6 a.m.
  • BJ's Wholesale Club - 7 a.m.
  • Cabela's - 5 a.m.
  • Costco - 9 a.m.
  • Dick's Sporting Goods - 5 a.m.
  • Guitar Center - 6 a.m.
  • Hobby Lobby - 8 a.m.
  • Home Depot 6 a.m.
  • JCPenney - Thanksgiving 2 p.m. through Black Friday
  • Kmart - 6 a.m.
  • Kohl's - Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to Black Friday 1 p.m. 
  • Lowe's - 6 a.m.
  • Macy's - 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Meijer - 6 a.m.
  • Michaels - 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Office Depot & OfficeMax - 7:45 a.m.
  • PetSmart - 7 a.m.
  • Sam's Club - 7 a.m.
  • Sears - 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Staples - 7 a.m.
  • Target - 6 a.m.
  • Toys R Us - Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to Black Friday 11 p.m.
  • Walmart - Thanksgiving 6 p.m. overnight into Black Friday
  • See the complete list of Black Friday 2017 hours here.

Check out the ads

Here is a list of some "leaked" Black Friday ads from national retailers.

(Click on the store name to see the Black Friday ad)

Black Friday best bets on TVs, laptops and tablets, electronics, smartphones and gaming

Black Friday television deals

Black Friday laptop deals

Black Friday tablet deals

Black Friday electronics deals

Black Friday smartphone deals

Black Friday gaming deals

Apps for shopping

Finding the best deals can be exhausting, but, as for most things in life nowadays, there’s an app for that. Actually a few of them. Here are a few suggestions that may help you with gift buying throughout the holiday season.

Christmas Gift Planner in iTunes (called Christmas List in Android Market)

You can see what you are spending in real time. It allows you to keeps lists of gifts purchased, the ones you are still looking for and whether the gift is wrapped.

Gifts HD2 for iTunes and Android You can create lists, set budgets mark things off as you buy them, and add ideas as you go. It also allows you to comparison shop, which is great for Black Friday.

No More Socks

As with the other apps, No More Socks is a list-making and shopping app. In addition to searching retail sites, the app can also do a general Google search for products.

Chameleon

Chameleon will find the best price for an item and coupons if they are available. Chameleon works at more than 3,000 locations across the country.

RedLaser

RedLaser allows you to scan barcodes to find the best price, online or locally. PriceBlink

A browser add-on, PriceBlink lets you know when there's a better price for a product you are shopping for online.

Camel Camel Camel

CamelCamelCamel is a site that tracks Amazon prices. It notifies you when the price drops on an item you've added to your Amazon shopping list.

When is the best/worst time to leave if you are traveling for Thanksgiving? Here’s what Google says

If you are traveling this holiday weekend you have probably already mapped out your route, but do you know the best time to leave so you can avoid the Thanksgiving rush?

With Thanksgiving being the most traveled holiday of the year, at times it can feel like everyone who is traveling is in front of you as you sit in slow-moving traffic.So, when is the best time to leave to get a jump on traffic in your area? Google’s here to help. The search engine has designed a chart based on travel data collected during last year’s Thanksgiving holiday. It used the information to determine the best times to leave certain metropolitan areas to avoid the heaviest traffic.

Here are the best and the worst times to travel from major U.S. cities for Thanksgiving.

  • Atlanta – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Boston – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Charlotte – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Chicago – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Cleveland – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Dallas – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Denver – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Detroit – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Houston – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Los Angeles – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Miami – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Minneapolis – Best: 5 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • New York – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Orlando – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Philadelphia – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Phoenix – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Pittsburgh – Best: 5 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Portland – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Raleigh – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Sacramento – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • San Francisco – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Seattle – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • St. Louis – Best: 5 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Tampa – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Washington DC – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday

Which grocery stores are open Thanksgiving?

Do you ever get that sinking feeling that you forgot something?

Despite the fact you’ve employed redundancy measures that would make NASA jealous, you can almost guarantee that you’ve missed some small item needed for your Thanksgiving feast. 

Don’t worry. Several grocery store chains across the country will be open on Thanksgiving for at least for part of the day.

Here is a list of Thanksgiving Day openings, closings and store hours for national grocery store chains. Reminder: Some stores do not follow national opening/closing hours. Be sure to check with your local stores for times. 

  • ALDI: All stores are closed on Thanksgiving.
  • AJ's Fine Foods: Open 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving.  
  • Albertsons: Stores will close at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.  
  • Bashas': Open until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.  
  • BJ's Wholesale Club: BJ’s is closed Thanksgiving.
  • Costco: All stores will be closed on Thanksgiving.
  • Food Lion: Most stores will be open until 3 p.m. (depending on the store).
  • Fresh Market: Open until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Kroger: Many stores are open 24 hours; check local store for hours.
  • Publix: All stores and pharmacies will be closed on Thanksgiving; regular hours resume on Friday.
  • Safeway: Most stores will close at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Locations will return to regular hours on Friday.
  • Sam's Club: All stores are closed on Thanksgiving.
  • Sprouts Farmers Market: Open 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Target: Stores open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and close at midnight.
  • Trader Joes: All stores closed on Thanksgiving.
  • Walmart: Stores will be open on Thanksgiving.
  • Wegmans: Stores will close at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Whole Foods: Hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

If you are simply abandoning the idea of that Martha Stewart Thanksgiving in favor of a good buffet down the street, here is a link to a list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving.

Which restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day 2017?

If the thought of spending hours in the kitchen on Thursday just doesn’t sound like a good use of your time, what with family all around and the prospect of Black Friday shopping beginning at 7 a.m. that day, there are a variety of restaurants that just may have the answer for you.

Several chain restaurants and many local ones are open on Thanksgiving, with options ranging from dining in to carrying out to catering the whole affair. 

Important note: Not all restaurants listed below will be open on Thanksgiving or offer special deals. Some franchise restaurants of certain chains may be closed. It is important to call the restaurant closest to you to confirm the hours and deals.

These restaurants are set to be open on Thanksgiving.

  • Acapulco Restaurant and Cantina will have a special Thanksgiving buffet with a roasted turkey and ham-carving station and a taco al pastor and seafood station.
  • Applebee’s restaurants will be offering a special Thanksgiving meal featuring turkey breast, mashed potatoes and green beans. 
  • Bob Evans will have the Farmhouse Feast carryout menu that offers a turkey or ham feast (with all the trimmings) that feed up to four ($49.99) or eight people ($79.99). You can get both turkey and ham for $109.99. 
  • Boston Market will offer a traditional plated Thanksgiving meal. Choose between turkey or rotisserie chicken, with side dishes of mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans, and vegetable stuffing.  
  • Buca di Beppo will open at 11 a.m., and you can dine in, get catered meals or get a to-go dinner. 
  • Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill will be serving an all-you-can-eat turkey dinner (three-courses) for $21.99. Children 12 and under eat for $9.99. 
  • Chevys Fresh Mex is offering a three-course Thanksgiving meal. They are open 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Chompie’s is open until 3 p.m., and is offering a Thanksgiving dinner for $19.99 per person, with options to dine in or get your meal to-go.
  • Claim Jumper Restaurants will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at most locations. 
  • Country Cookin will be offering a “Thanksgiving Day Feast” with turkey or ham and all-you-can-eat holiday salads and sides for $10.99 (kids 10 and under $4.49).  
  • Cracker Barrel will be open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., and will feature a Thanksgiving dinner for $12.99 for dining in ($7.99 for children), a $67.99 to-go meal and a fully catered dinner for $99.  
  • Denny’s has a breakfast and dinner available on Thanksgiving.
  • El Torito will offer an all-day buffet (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) with traditional Mexican dishes, along with a turkey and ham-carving station, traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and a pasta bar.
  • FATZ is open on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse opens at 11 a.m. and will be serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal for $39.95 per adult. Children under 12 will have a Thanksgiving menu available for $15.00.
  • Furr’s Fresh Buffet will serve a Thanksgiving dinner with carved turkey breast, carved ham, butterfly shrimp, pan-grilled pork chops and several other entrees, plus sides and desserts.
  • Golden Corral will have a Thanksgiving buffet in addition to their usual offerings.
  • HomeTown Buffet will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. serving among other entrees and side dishes, carved turkey, steak, carved ham, butterfly shrimp and roast beef.
  • Hooters will be open on Thanksgiving serving wings and beer, along with the rest of their regular menu.
  • Humperdinks will begin serving a Thanksgiving feast at 10 a.m. featuring turkey and gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet yams, green beans and pecan or pumpkin pie. Price is $21.99 for adults and $11.99 for kids under 12. Kids under 5 eat free. 
  • IHOP restaurants will offer pumpkin spice pancakes for breakfast, with a full menu all day.
  • K&W Cafeterias will be offering a Thanksgiving special for $7.99 that includes roast turkey with dressing, cranberry sauce, two vegetables, fresh baked bread, dessert and refillable beverage.
  • Legal Sea Foods will serve turkey breast with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, gravy and cranberry sauce for $24.95 per adult and $8.95 for children 12 and under. Hours may vary by location. Reservations are recommended. 
  • Luby’s will be open for dine-in or to-go meals, serving a Thanksgiving Day Special for $11.49.
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy will serve a four-course, family-style Thanksgiving meal.
  • Many of Landry’s Restaurants – Big Fish, Charley’s Crab, Chart House, Gandy Dancer, Grand Concourse, Landry’s Seafood (all locations except Huntsville, Alabama, and El Paso, Texas), Meriwether’s, Mitchell’s Fish Market, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, and River Crab Blue Water Inn – will offer either a special turkey dinner menu or a holiday buffet. Laundry’s also owns Saltgrass Steak House and Morton’s The Steakhouse, and both will be open on Thanksgiving serving steak.
  • Marie Callender’s has a Thanksgiving dinner for $21.99 for guests dining in. Kids eat for $8.99, choosing between a turkey or ham dinner. They also have carry-out options ranging from $99.99 to $149.99. Pickup starts after 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks is serving a roasted turkey dinner at participating locations. Reservations are recommended. The dinner menu is also available all day.
  • Mimi’s Cafe offers a three-course turkey supper on Thanksgiving. It’s $18.99 for adults and $8.99 for children. 
  • Old Country Buffet will again offer its family-style meal.
  • Ponderosa will have a Thanksgiving buffet with turkey with all the trimmings, along with ham, fried chicken, chicken wings, pork, and a salad bar. The restaurant closes at 4 p.m.
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill will be offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $24.99. 
  • Roy’s is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $39.95 for adults and $16.95 for items from a kid’s menu.
  • Ruby Tuesday locations, for the most part, will be open on Thanksgiving. 
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be serving a three-course turkey dinner for $39.95 (kids eat for $12.95).  
  • Ryan’s will have a Southern-style Thanksgiving menu with sliced turkey, sliced ham, fried chicken, steak, chicken pot pie, butterfly shrimp, and more. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Seasons 52 is taking reservations for Thanksgiving dinner. For adults it’s $26.90; for children it’s $12.90.
  • Shari’s has a special slow-roasted turkey or ham dinner for $14.99. The special is good at all 94 Shari’s locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming.  
  • Sizzler locations will be open and will serve a turkey dinner with sides.
  • Ted's Montana Grill will have a Thanksgiving menu, featuring roast turkey and the trimmings.
  • TGI Friday’s restaurants are open Thanksgiving.
  • The Dixie Cafe is serving a turkey and dressing feast for $10.99 from  11 a.m. to  5 p.m. 
  • Waffle House restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving 2017: How to fry a turkey without burning down the house

It’s become a tradition in many families – instead of roasting the Thanksgiving turkey, they fry it up in a vat of oil. Some say the idea of frying the holiday bird came from Justin Wilson, the Louisiana chef who made everything Cajun popular a few decades ago.

According to an article in Vogue, in 1996, Martha Stewart Living published a photograph of a deep-fried turkey for its November issue. 

The New York Times included a piece about deep-fried turkey a year later.

While people who have included frying a turkey as part of their holiday celebration swear by the moist taste, frying 15 pounds of bird is not without its risks.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to cooking the bird without burning down your house.

1. Pick the bird.  With frying turkeys, small is generally better. Go for birds around 10-12 pounds. If you have a big crowd of turkey lovers coming for dinner, fry two of them.

2. Prepare the bird. There is an important step in frying a turkey that you don’t necessarily take when you roast one. It is important, really important, that the turkey is completely thawed (no ice on it at all) and that it is dried off when you lower it into the oil. Just remember, oil and water are not a good mix.

3. Don’t forget to season. After the bird is thawed, season it liberally with salt, pepper and any other seasonings your guests would like. Some people use “turkey injectors” to shoot seasoning under the turkey skin.

4. Don’t forget the cavity. And while you are in the cavity, make sure you get the giblets out of there. For those new to turkeys, it’s that bag that is stuff into a frozen turkey that contains the neck, the heart, liver and other parts that were once inside the bird in a different fashion. You can do all of this the day before Thanksgiving and put the bird in the refrigerator until it is show time.

5. OK, your bird is ready. It’s time to set up the frying gear. First, and most importantly, you will be doing the frying outside, not in or near a garage or a carport. Turkey frying isn’t a family activity. Make sure the kids and the pets are inside while you fry. That’s very important.

6. Now comes the setup for the fryer. What you generally get when you buy a turkey fryer is a metal pot, something that looks like a coat hanger, a burner, a thermometer and a gas regulator. The other thing you need is oil. You want an oil that can stand up to high heat. Peanut oil or cottonseed oil is a good choice.

7. How much oil do you need? That’s a good question. Here’s an easy way to figure it out. The day before you fry, take the bird, still in its packaging, and lower it into the pot. Cover the turkey with water. Make a note of how much water was needed to cover the turkey. That’s how much oil you will need. (Note: You want to leave at least 3-5 inches for the top of the pot clear for safety’s sake.) . 

8. Now, find a level spot to put the burner. Fill the pot with the amount of oil you measured by using the water the day before. Turn the burner on and heat the oil. The oil should be at 340-350 degrees before you lower the turkey into it.

9. Putting it in. Take the hanger-like device and stick it in the turkey. The legs should be facing up, the breast down.

Slowly lower the turkey into the oil. Use long oven mitts while you do this. Once the turkey is in the oil, take out the coat-hanger device and let the turkey sit.

10. How long do you cook it? Here’s a ballpark estimate: allow 3 1/2 minutes for every pound. So, for a 12-pound bird, it should take about 42 minutes. 

11. Getting it out. Once the bird is cooked, put the hanger-like device back into the bird. Remember to wear the long oven mitts. Carefully lift the turkey out of the oil. Allow it to drain a bit, and then place it on a platter. Check the temperature of the bird. It  should be between 167 and 180 degrees. If the temperature is OK, leave the bird alone for a while. If it’s not hot enough or is undercooked in spots, you can put the turkey back into the oil.

  

The American Music Awards 2017: What time, what channel, who is performing at the AMAs?

The 45th American Music Awards ceremony is set for Sunday in Los Angeles, and if the past is any indication, you can expect a night with a few surprising moments. 

Remember Garth Brooks declining the award, or the time Pat Boone dressed in leather? Yeah, it’s likely to be that kind of night.

The show will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Here’s what you need to know about the show.

What time: The show begins at 8 p.m. ET

What channel: The AMAs will be broadcast live on ABC.

Who is hosting: Tracee Ellis Ross, star of “black-ish,” is hosting.

What about a pre-show: What would a music awards show be without a pre-show? AJ Gibson, Marc Malkin, Laura Marano and Oliver Trevena will host the official pre-show, “AMAs Red Carpet Live presented by Security Benefit.”

The two-hour pre-show will stream live from the Microsoft Theater beginning at 6 p.m. ET. You can watch the show on Twitter. Find it here. live.twitter.com/amas or via @AMAs. You can also watch “E! Live from the Red Carpet” from 6-8 p.m. ET. on the E! Network.

Who has the most nominations: Bruno Mars has the most nominations this year – eight.

Who is nominated for Artist of the Year: The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran are up for the award.

Who is up for Video of the Year: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ("Despacito"), Bruno Mars ("That's What I Like") and Ed Sheeran ("Shape of You") are the nominees.

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

Who is performing: Here is a list of those scheduled to perform:

Alessia Cara Alesso BTS Christina Aguilera  Kelly Clarkson  Florida Georgia Line Niall Horan Selena Gomez Imagine Dragons Lady Gaga Nick Jonas Khalid Demi Lovato  Shawn Mendes P!nk Portugal. The Man Diana Ross Hailee Steinfeld watt Zedd

Anything special: Diana Ross, mother of host Tracee Ellis Ross, is both performing and receiving a lifetime achievement award.

What is the Uranium One deal and what does it have to do with Hillary Clinton?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions informed a House committee this week that the Justice Department is considering whether to appoint a special counsel to investigate any possible ties between donations to The Clinton Foundation and a decision to allow Russia’s nuclear agency to buy a uranium mining operation in the United States.

A letter delivered Monday to the House Judiciary Committee said the department was weighing its options when it came to appointing a special counsel to look into the 2010 decision to allow Uranium One to do business in the United States. 

Some Republicans have charged that the decision was made in exchange for donations to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s family foundation. Both the head of the House and the Senate Judiciary Committees have called for an investigation into the deal.

What is Uranium One and what is it’s connection to the Clinton Foundation? Here’s a look at the deal and the controversy.

What is Uranium One?

Uranium One is an energy company with headquarters in Canada. It is one of the world’s largest uranium producers.

The company has holdings in the United States, in Wyoming. It is a subsidiary of Rosatom, the Russian nuclear agency.

The deal In 2009, Rosatom purchased a minority stake in Uranium One. In 2010, they came back to purchase a 51 percent share of the company, giving Rosatom a majority share. In 2013, Rosatom purchased the company.

Who cares if the Russians purchased a Canadian company?

Usually, no one but the Russians and the Canadians would care, but part of Uranium One’s holdings involved the United States.

In 2009, before Rosatom bought Uranium One, the company purchased the Willow Creek uranium mine and related properties near Casper, Wyoming.

According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as of Dec. 31, 2013, Willow Creek had estimated reserves of 9.8 million tonnes of ore grading 0.066 percent  uranium.

Since the deal Rosatom made involved roughly 20 percent of uranium production capacity in the United States, the U.S. government had to OK the arrangement. The NRC issued the license to Rosatom.

According to OilPrice.com, Rosatom is prohibited from exporting the uranium outside of the United States since uranium is considered a national security asset.

The 2010 sale of the Willow Creek Mine was allowed only after approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS.

Who sits on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States?

CFIUS is made up of the heads of from several government agencies including:

Department of the Treasury (chair)

Department of Justice 

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Commerce

Department of Defense

Department of State

Department of Energy

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Office of Science & Technology Policy 

The committee’s job is to “review transactions that could result in control of a U.S. business by a foreign person in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.”

The president of the United States is the only one who can veto a deal.

So how did Hillary Clinton become involved?

Clinton was secretary of state when the deal was up for review. The issue of impropriety arose when people associated with Uranium One donated $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton family’s charitable organization.

book by Peter Schweizer called “Clinton Cash," made news of the donations by Uranium One to the Clinton Foundation public.

President Donald Trump has said a special counsel should be appointed to investigate any possible link between the Clintons and the Uranium One deal.

A few days later, the president said, “I think the uranium sale to Russia and the way it was done — so underhanded, with tremendous amounts of money being passed — I actually think that’s Watergate, modern age.”

Trump's comments came after a story published by The Hill reported that the FBI was investigating bribes in connection with Russia’s atomic energy business within the United States.

The Associated Press reported, “... a  report last month said the FBI was investigating possible Russian attempts to influence the U.S. nuclear sector at the time CFIUS was considering the sale of Uranium One to Rosatom. The report said members of the committee, including Clinton, should have known about the investigation and it questioned why they would have approved it.”

Live updates: Jeff Sessions denies lying to Congress; says campaign was 'brilliant, chaos' at times

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, saying he never knowingly lied to Congress during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats pressed Sessions during the more than five-hour hearing to reconcile statements he made about meeting or speaking to lower-level Trump campaign staffers who had dealings with Russia and other foreign countries.

Sessions suggested that lack of sleep and a campaign for president that was “chaos” at times were likely part of the reason he did not have a clear memory of some events. He became animated and raised his voice as he declared that he never knowingly lied during several Senate hearings.

“In all of my testimony, I can only do my best to answer all of your questions as I understand them and to the best of my memory,” Sessions told the committee. “But I will not accept, and reject, accusations that I have ever lied. That is a lie.”

Sessions said he had no recollection of a conversation with campaign aide Carter Page, but remembered briefly speaking to George Papadopoulos after he recently saw media accounts of a meeting Papadopoulos attended.

Below are live updates of Tuesday’s hearing.

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Alabama woman says Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16

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A fifth woman has accused U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, of Alabama, of sexually assaulting her. The woman said the assault took place some 40 years ago when she was 16 and Moore was in his early 30s. Beverly Young Nelson in a press conference Monday said Moore groped her and tried to force her head toward his crotch after he offered to drive the teen home from her after-school job at a restaurant in Gadsden, Alabama, in 1977. Nelson, at times crying, described the encounter that allegedly took place behind the restaurant, between the dumpster and the back of the building, after Moore had offered the 16-year-old the ride. 

Nelson said during the attack she pleaded with Moore to stop, but he would not. She said Moore grabbed her, locked the door as she tried to get out of his two-door car, and then tried to pull her shirt off. "Instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck, attempting to force my head onto his crotch. I continued to struggle," Nelson said. "I thought that he was going to rape me." 

“At some point, he gave up. He then looked at me and said, ‘You are a child. I am the district attorney of Etowah County. ‘If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you.' “He finally allowed me to open the car door and I either fell out or he pushed me out. I was on the ground as he pulled out of the parking area behind the restaurant. The passenger door was open as he burned rubber pulling away, leaving me laying there on the cold concrete in the dark.” Nelson said she did not tell anyone, especially her boyfriend, who was supposed to pick her up from work that night. She said that, years later, she told her sister, her future husband and her mother years later, but has never told anyone else. 

According to Nelson, Moore was a regular at the restaurant in which she worked, coming in “every night” and sitting in the same seat. Nelson said Moore would compliment her and at least once tugged on her hair as she passed by him. Nelson said Moore had signed her yearbook before the alleged attack occurred. Nelson said Moore signed the book: “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, D.A. 12-22-77 Olde Hickory House.” Nelson read her statement after her attorney, Gloria Allred, first read a statement that called for a Senate hearing into the allegations against Moore. Allred said Nelson would voluntarily testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and that Moore should be subpoenaed to be there. If a hearing is not held within two weeks, Allred said, Nelson would speak in a public setting about the alleged attack.In a story in The Washington Post last week, a woman came forward to accuse Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, of inappropriate sexual conduct. The newspaper found three other women who said that Moore had approached them around the same time. The women were between the ages of 16 and 18 at the time. Moore was in his 30s.  The most serious allegations from the Post report involve Moore driving then 14-year-old Leigh Corfman to his house in the woods, and touching her over her bra and panties in 1979.  Moore has denied the accusations. Moore is on the ballot in December, facing Democrat Doug Jones for the Senate seat vacated when Jeff Sessions became U.S. attorney general. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday that Moore “should step aside” in light of the allegations. McConnell spoke to reporters Monday after visiting a plant in Kentucky and said he believes the women who were quoted in The Post story. McConnell said Republicans are looking at a write-in option in Alabama. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News that he is not interested in being a write-in candidate for his former Senate seat. Several Republican senators have urged Moore to drop out of the race,-- John McCain, Susan Collins, Bob Corker and Lindsey Graham among them.

Below are live updates from Monday’s press conference. 

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