Turkey Day is here, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is a tradition for many families.
Since 1924, thousands have flocked the New York City streets to watch the festivities, and this year will be no different.
In addition to the dozens of marching bands, balloons and floats set to appear, many celebrities will also participate. Diana Ross, John Legend, Kane Brown, Martina McBride, Pentatonix, Leona Lewis, Ella Mai, Rita Ora, Sugarland, and Anika Noni Rose are all scheduled to perform.
One person has life-threatening injuries after a stabbing at a Pusha T concert in Toronto.
Toronto Police Constable David Hopkinson said Wednesday three others were treated at a hospital for minor injuries at the Danforth Music Hall late Tuesday. Hopkinson said the patient who was stabbed remains in critical condition.
Video on social media shows drinks being hurled onstage toward Pusha T and fights breaking out as some people charge the stage.
Hopkinson said someone rushed the stage and several people were injured in resulting melees, but it's unclear whether the stabbing victim was wounded inside or outside the venue. Police didn't find out someone was stabbed until they noticed someone with serious stab wounds at a local hospital.
Pusha T and Toronto rapper Drake have had a long running feud and have released diss tracks including one from Pusha T that divulged that Drake had a son.
A representative for Drake declined to comment on the concert brawl. A representative of Pusha T didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Pusha T returned to the stage after the melee and said people were hired to throw beer at him. One of his security guards brandished a two by four as he performed again.
"The investigators would be aware of whatever the feud is," Hopkinson said.
Michelle Obama's "Becoming" has become a massive hit.
Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former first lady's memoir has sold more than 1.4 million copies in print and digital formats in the U.S. and Canada in the seven days since it was released Nov. 13.
Based on demand from retailers across all channels, the publisher has printed 3 million hardcover copies in North America. On its first day, the book sold more than 725,000 copies, making it one of the year's biggest debuts.
Crown also said that "Becoming" is currently the No. 1 adult nonfiction title in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Denmark and Finland. In Germany, some 200,000 copies have been sold, prompting a second printing of 100,000 copies.
In the United Kingdom, "Becoming" is published by Viking and it has had five press runs with a total of 575,000 copies in print. In Holland, the Dutch-language edition is the best-selling book in the Netherlands, with the English-language edition ranked second.
"Becoming" is well exceeding the pace of previous memoirs by first ladies. In 2003, Hillary Clinton's "Living History" had first week sales of around 600,000 copies.
Reviews of the book, which traces Obama's journey from Chicago's South Side to the White House, have been positive, with The Washington Post praising its "impressive balance in telling the truth of her challenges while repeatedly acknowledging her lucky life."
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Three adult children of Glen Campbell who were excluded from the singer’s will have ended their effort to contest the document, The Tennessean reported.
Campbell, the country singing icon who crossed into mainstream music with songs like “Gentle on My Mind,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy,” died Aug. 8, 2017 at age 81 from the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
In his will, Campbell left his estate to Kimberly Campbell, his wife of 34 years, and five of his eight adult children. The three children who were excluded -- William Campbell, Kelli Campbell and Wesley Campbell -- were from previous marriages, The Tennessean reported.
Monday, the three siblings agreed to dismiss their claim, according to a legal filing in Davidson County Probate Court, the newspaper reported. Originally, the siblings contested the validity of their father’s 2006 will and questioned their father’s mental capacity.
In a statement through her attorneys, Kimberly Campbell said she was pleased the issue had been resolved.
"The filing of a will contest last January came as a shock to me," the statement said. "There was never any merit to these claims.
"I am pleased to finally put this difficult experience behind me so that I may focus on my family, my continued mission to educate, destigmatize, and raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease -- and to honor my husband and his amazing music legacy."
A rare, 1,500 year-old mosaic depicting St. Mark has joined other repatriated pieces that were looted from the ethnically split Cyprus' breakaway north, a Cypriot Orthodox Church official said Wednesday.
Together the pieces will create a Swiss government-funded reproduction of an apse that adorned a 6th-century church in the island's north.
The mosaics were stolen by Turkish art dealer Aydin Dikman from the Church of the Virgin of Kanakaria about four decades ago and sold abroad.
Cyprus' Byzantine Museum Director Ioannis Eliades said the apse will go on display at the museum until it can return to the Kanakaria church.
"This is a major project that we had envisioned for many years to restore these pieces and now we have the last piece," Eliades told The Associated Press.
"Especially such a mosaic which dates to the same period as the Ravenna mosaics is of particular importance, of great architectural value and ... also has a very high religious value."
The Kanakaria mosaics are among a few early Christian works that survived the iconoclastic period in the 8th and 9th centuries when most of such works were destroyed.
The St. Mark mosaic returned to Cyprus after Dutch investigator Arthur Brand tracked it down in Monaco and handed it over to authorities at the Cypriot Embassy in the Netherlands last week.
The Cyprus Antiquities Department said that initial information about the mosaic's whereabouts was provided to Cypriot authorities two years ago by the Greek-American organization AHEPA.
The department said pieces of the mosaics including those of Saints Luke, Bartholomew, Matthew, James, Thaddeus, Thomas and Andrew as well as the upper part of the Virgin Mary and Christ were gradually repatriated since 1983, but more pieces are still missing.
Drake was blamed for brawl and beer thrown during concert that he didn’t even attend last night.
The Rollingstone.com reported that a brawl broke up during Pusha T’s concert in Toronto after people tried to rush on stage, throw beer and paint at the rapper. The rapper returned to the stage with his “Infrared” song, and later claimed that Drake paid people to disrupt his concert.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has pledged $1 million to help victims recover from the Camp Fire that has devastated California, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Rodgers, a Northern California native who grew up in Chico and attended Butte College near Paradise, tweeted a video Wednesday morning and asked for contributions, the newspaper reported.
"In Northern California, where I was born and raised, the city of Paradise burned to the ground, and many of the residents who got out are now displaced to my hometown of Chico and across the north state," Rodgers said in the video. "I personally reached out to my friends and the mayor of Chico to find out how to be of the most help. And raising money for both immediate needs and the long-term recovery is what is needed most right now."
Rodgers added that State Farm, one of his longtime corporate partners, will donate $1 for every retweet of his post -- using the hashtag #retweet4good -- through Sunday, WTMJ reported. Within hours, Rodgers’ post had been retweeted more nearly 30,000 times.
Rodgers' donation will support the victims of the Camp Fire, focus on children’s school programs and help build temporary housing for the displaced residents in Paradise, WTMJ reported.
Turns out it really was the "Right Place, Wrong Time" for Dr. John.
The New Orleans-born musician, whose discography includes that 1973 hit, celebrated his 78th birthday Wednesday. But he was apparently a year early.
Publicist Karen Beninato said she looked into it after talking to friends and relatives of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer.
Music writer John Wirt, at Nola.com|The Times-Picayune , found a 1941 newspaper birth announcement for the musician, whose real name is Malcolm John Rebennack. And it's not just the year: The local musicians union confirms the correct day in its records is Nov. 20 — not Nov. 21.
Beninato said Rebennack began adding a year to his age so he could play in New Orleans clubs as a teen in the 1950s.
"Mac has rolled with it since his teenage years," she said in an email.
The 1940 date has lingered due, in part, to Rebennack himself. Wirt cites the musician's own memoir, "Under a Hoodoo Moon," as saying he was born just before Thanksgiving 1940. The incorrect date is in countless published stories, biographies and interviews.
Rebennack himself has been cagey about the birth date. "He keeps his mysteries," Beninato said.
He canceled some gigs last December and has been resting at his New Orleans area home since then, making no public appearances.
In an interview, Beninato said Rebennack had a traditional New Orleans response when she told him he wouldn't have to do a press event to mark this year's correct 77th birthday because he'd already done it last year.
"He said, 'Yeah — you-right,'" she recalled.
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