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Friday
Nov232012

Smile! Thanksgiving Is Instagram’s Biggest Day

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s officially a new American tradition: Instagraming Thanksgiving.

On Thursday, we asked the photo-sharing service how many photos related to the holiday were being uploaded. At around 3 p.m. ET it told us 100 photos a second were hitting the app, but we had a feeling that number would go up as dinner time approached.

And we were right. Instagram said on Friday in a blog post that at some hours 200 photos a second were uploaded with a Thanksgiving related tag or comment, contributing to a total of 10 million Thanksgiving-themed photos on Thursday.

“Overall, the day broke all Instagram records as we saw the number of shared photos more than double from the day before, making it our busiest day so far,” Instagram said in a blog post on Friday. The service even beefed up server and back-end capacity on Thanksgiving Day to meet the turkey-photo sharing demand.

Sure, it’s the biggest day Instagram has seen so far, but Christmas is just around the corner. Eggnog photos anyone?

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Nov222012

Texas Thanksgiving Pile-Up Kills Two

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- A major traffic tie-up involving about a hundred vehicles on a Texas highway this Thanksgiving has killed two and sent 50 to the hospital, according to ABC affiliate KBMT-TV.
 
Dozens of vehicles crashed into one another Thursday morning on Interstate 10 outside of Beaumont. Witnesses reported a thick, dense fog when the crash occurred, but the Texas Department of Public Safety continues to investigate the accident.

Among all the destroyed vehicles and deaths, 5-year-old Damien Ortiz wanted to lend a helping hand. He and his mother lost their puppy during the crash, but they are giving new meaning to the holiday spirit. Ortiz asked his mother if he could make sandwiches from the holiday turkey that they were transporting to the Houston area and give them out to those who were injured in the area while waiting for EMS.

 

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Thursday
Nov222012

On Thanksgiving, Family of Baby with Rare Disease “So Grateful”

Courtesy of Jenna Buswell(SEATTLE) -- A stranger who raffles his beloved race car to help a baby he’s never met.

A caring, intrepid team of doctors halfway around the world, who could save that baby’s life.

And watching that wide-eyed baby giggle with his 3-year-old sister.

They’re the moments that make the parent of a child with a disease so rare he’s just one of 14 people in the world who have it thankful.

“I think life throws a lot of curveballs, and this is definitely one of them,” said Jenna Buswell, the mother of 9-month-old Casen Buswell.

The past nine months have been spent taking Casen, who is only one of 14 people in the world with a rare vascular disease called glomuvenous malformations plaque type, to doctor’s appointments.

The disease causes Casen’s breathing to be labored and his blood vessels, skin and muscles to harden, something that will only worsen as he gets older unless he receives lifesaving care in Belgium, where a husband and wife team are the only doctors in the world who have experience treating the rare disease.

“Being a special education teacher, I’m used to working with high needs children. I never envisioned that was going to my life at home,” Buswell said. “We’re so grateful Casen is our son so we can fight for him and advocate for him.”

Through the bad news at doctors’ appointments, the hospital stays and medical bills, Jenna Buswell said she’s been overwhelmed by the generosity and support her family has received from strangers, making this Thanksgiving, baby Casen’s first, especially meaningful for the Puyallup, Wash., family.

“We’ll be thinking about what everyone else is doing who helped us. And what they have done for us and we look forward to the day when we can give back,” she said.

Buswell said she keeps a scrapbook documenting all of the acts of kindness, many on the part of complete strangers that have touched her family, in the hope that she will one day be able to teach her son about gratitude.

There was racing enthusiast Ron Cook, from nearby Arlington, who raffled his beloved 1957 Chevy Bel Air netting $11,000 for the family, who were complete strangers to him before he saw a report on ABC News’ affiliate KOMO.

The good deed was then carried on when the winner of the car, octogenarian Della Phillip, vowed to sell it and donate the proceeds to the Buswell family.

Then there are the doctors, including those in the United States, who have treated Casen and kept in communication with his specialists in Belgium.

And the strangers, the people who heard about Casen’s story and left encouraging notes for the Buswells or donated to them online.

“The thing I want everyone to know is that our Thanksgiving table may be small when we’re eating dinner, but it’s really going to be quite large. I’ll be thinking of everyone who has helped us,” Buswell said. “This Thanksgiving is about living every moment to the fullest.”

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Wednesday
Nov212012

Thanksgiving Travel: Midwest Fog, New York Train Trouble

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As Americans continued to their holiday destinations Wednesday, train issues in New York City were added to the mix of inclement weather and airport strikes threatening to put a damper on Thanksgiving travels for some.

Service on the Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit and Amtrak to and from Pennsylvania Station were temporarily suspended Wednesday evening because of switching problems, according to ABC station WABC-TV.

In the Pacific Northwest, travelers had a soggy ride. Up to 10 inches of rain have fallen this week in parts of Oregon, up to nine inches in Washington, and 6.5 inches in Northern California.

In Oregon, this was in some places a record rainstorm. A third storm system is moving through the West Wednesday, producing more rain, but it will not be as heavy as Monday's rainfall.

Approximately 39 million of Wednesday's travelers were hitting the road by car, according to the AAA. Motorists along the East Coast faced heavy traffic, but most of the weather looked calm from New York to Atlanta, with temperatures in the 50s in the Northeast and near 70 in Georgia.

Dense fog that rolled into the Midwest from Chicago to Texas Tuesday night caused traffic delays across the area.

At Chicago's Midway Airport, Angieang28 tweeted that fliers were "packed like sardines."

The top five cities bracing for the worst traffic Wednesday were: New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, and the most tangled roads will be in Los Angeles, with holiday road trips predicted to take 33 percent longer than usual.

And that's not the only headache in Los Angeles. Airport union workers were preparing to strike at LAX. The workers, who are angry over terminated union contracts and health insurance, admit they could not have picked a worse day or a busier airport.

"It's a national day about being with your family and taking care of your family, and these workers are not able to do that," said Andrew Gross Gaitan of the SEIU United Service Workers West.

Job actions are not just in California. Angry workers are picketing coast-to-coast: from Chicago's O'Hare airport to New York's JFK to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

There is, however a silver lining for motorists, as gas prices are down 5 cents in the last two weeks. The Energy Department reported the national average for a gallon of regular fuel was $3.41.

 

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Wednesday
Nov212012

Weather, Airport Strikes Could Affect Travel for Thanksgiving

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As more than 43 million Americans gear up Wednesday morning for the busiest travel day of the year, inclement weather and airport strikes may put a damper on Thanksgiving travels for some.

Those in the Pacific Northwest will have to brace for a soggy drive, as up to 10 inches of rain fell in parts of Oregon, up to 9 inches in Washington, and 6.5 inches in Northern California.  In Oregon, this was in some parts one of the top rainiest storms ever. 

A third storm system is moving through the West on Wednesday, producing more rain, but it will not be as heavy as Monday's rainfall.

Motorists along the East Coast can look forward to a smooth ride, as most of the weather looks calm from New York to Atlanta, with mild temperatures in the 50s in the Northeast and near 70 in Georgia.

Traffic, unsurprisingly, will not be quite as breezy, with family-filled cars expected to clog roads from coast to coast.

Dense fog that rolled into Chicago last night, combined with a light wind, clearing skies and a moist air mass, is now causing traffic delays across the area.

The top five cities bracing for the worst traffic on Wednesday are New York, Washington D.C, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where holiday road trips are predicted to take 33 percent longer than usual.

And that's not the only headache in Los Angeles.  Airport union workers are preparing to strike Wednesday morning at LAX.  The workers, who are angry over terminated union contracts and eliminated health insurance, admit they could not have picked a worse day or a busier airport.

"It's a national day about being with your family and taking care of your family, and these workers are not able to do that," Andrew Gross Gaitan of the Seiu United Service Workers West said.

For the approximately 39 million travelers who are hitting the road by car on Wednesday, AAA recommends leaving as early as possible, and at the latest by 2 p.m., because by 5 p.m., the roads will be jam packed.  Rush hour is expected to peak two hours earlier than normal.

"With today expected to be the busiest day, and many people also working, we're expecting this evening there will be a lot of congestion," AAA spokeswoman Heather Hunter said.

There is, however a silver lining for motorists, as gas prices are down 5 cents in the last two weeks, with the national average for a gallon of regular fuel topping off at $3.41.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov192012

Holiday Travel: What 43 Million Americans Can Expect

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As 43 million Americans prepare to travel for Thanksgiving this week, some will have to brave snow, wind and heavy rain as they trek to their holiday destinations.

Bad weather will cause a rough start for some travelers expected to be on the move this week, 90 percent of whom will be travelling in cars.  Snow is forecast for mountain passes in Washington state by Thanksgiving, and heavy flooding in Northern California is already creating dangerous road conditions in the West.

A closed vortex will drop over the Northeast Pacific and move slowly southward, bringing in the wet and soggy conditions to the region, according to the National Weather Service.  In the areas with the highest terrain, temperatures are forecast to be low enough to support snow, creating rough conditions for motorists.

"Thirty-nine million people will be traveling in cars, so interstates and the roads are going to be very busy," AAA spokesman Michael Green told ABC News.

In the air, very few delays are expected, as the airlines are looking forward to clear weather for the week.

"Mother nature looks to deliver a beautiful weather week for holiday travel.  Let's do this," airline Jet Blue tweeted.

But air travel is actually down 3 percent this Thanksgiving, mainly because airlines have cut the number of flights and prices are high.

The busiest day for travel will be on Wednesday, when 45 percent head out, with 35 percent returning home on Sunday and 25 percent waiting until Monday.

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Wednesday
Nov142012

Reports of Turkey Abuse in North Carolina Continue

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Animal rights group Mercy for Animals says it has once again found video showing turkey abuse at Butterball Plants in North Carolina.

The organization posted the images on their website, ButterBallabuse.com, where you can see clips of workers allegedly picking birds up and kicking them, throwing them around, and dragging them around by their necks and wings.

Butterball has released a statement responding to these allegations, saying that it takes "any allegations of animal mistreatment very seriously" and emphasized that it has "a zero tolerance policy for animal abuse."

"Upon learning of these new concerns, we immediately initiated an internal investigation and suspended the associates in question," the company said. "Pending the completion of that investigation, Butterball will then make a determination on additional actions including immediate termination for those involved."

Mercy for Animals has posted video of Butterball turkey abuse before. The group claimed to have uncovered video in December 2011, where workers seemed to have been kicking and stomping turkeys. After an investigation, local authorities arrested several employees and charged them with animal cruelty.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov232011

First Family Stuffs Sacks at D.C. Food Bank

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The first family stuffed food sacks at the Capital Area Food Bank in northeast Washington Wednesday afternoon, fulfilling an annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition of performing an act of community service.

The Obamas stood side by side along an assembly line of workers in the food bank warehouse, stuffing reusable grocery sacks with various food items as volunteers filed by. The packages were later bound for delivery to needy children and older Americans.

The president greeted volunteers with a “Happy Thanksgiving” as he handed out packages of baby carrots. While the first lady deposited bundles of grapes, older daughter Malia doled out sweet potatoes and Sasha dished boxes of White House branded M&Ms.

About 100 of the packages were bound for in-person delivery, while the remainder were to be delivered by local social service agencies, the White House said.

The Obamas were joined by 50 members of their extended family and players from the Oregon State basketball team, but the White House did not immediately identify who was in attendance. Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig, is the head basketball coach for Oregon State.

As part of the community service excursion, the Obamas also donated two fully dressed turkeys from Jaindl’s Turkey Farm of Lehigh, Pa., as well as a stash of White House M&Ms and other foodstuffs collected during an East Wing food drive.

The food bank is the largest nonprofit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington Metropolitan area, distributing nearly 30 million pounds of food a year, per the White House.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov232011

Severe Weather Dampens Thanksgiving Travel Plans

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As millions of travelers take to the roads and skies for the Thanksgiving holiday, two major storms are slated to hit the Northeast and Northwest, potentially causing major delays on the highways and at the airports of the nation's largest transportation hubs.

As for the Northeast, a storm is currently moving through the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic and onto New England, bringing with it "a wintry mix of precipitation, with a mixture of snow and freezing rain possible from upstate New York into upper New England, with total snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches," according to the National Weather Service.

The rain along the East Coast will lead to minor flooding, gusty winds and heavy snow across northern New England. As much as 6 inches of snow is expected to blanket upstate New York, moving east into parts of Maine. The areas around Burlington, Vt., Concord, N. H., and Portland and Augusta, Maine, will be hit particularly hard.

Approximately 90 percent of the 42.5 million Americans traveling Wednesday will be doing so by car, and if you're one of them, be prepared for wet conditions in the morning. The rain is expected to end by mid to late morning on the East Coast, so the afternoon will be dry with sunshine. Snow and wind will linger through the afternoon in northern New England and coastal Maine.

A total of 12 counties in the Portland, Maine, area are now under advisories, watches or severe weather warnings, ABC News Portland affiliate WMTW reported.

On the West Coast, from Washington to Oregon and into Northern California, major winter storms with flooding are expected, as are damaging winds, heavy mountain snow, bringing the possibility of mudslides and avalanches.

Cities expected to be affected during Wednesday's travel rush include Seattle and Portland, Ore., with San Francisco getting the rain by afternoon.

In Seattle, a powerful cold front brought wind gusts of more than 70 mph, according to ABC News affiliate KOMO. Strong winds knocked out power to thousands across the region, with Puget Sound Energy reporting about 10,000 customers without service.

A fresh storm is expected to hit the Seattle area on Thanksgiving Day, bringing a round of heavy rain, wind and snow.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov232011

Obama Pardons Turkeys ‘Liberty’ and ‘Peace’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- It’s official. Turkeys “Liberty” and “Peace” are spared from the Thanksgiving table.

President Obama stepped out onto the North Portico today holding hands with daughters Sasha and Malia to pardon two birds designated National Thanksgiving Turkeys, a presidential ritual performed annually for the past 64 years.

Thanksgiving is “one of the best days of the year to be an American,” Obama said. “But it’s also one of the worst days to be a turkey.”

Wandering around and looking confused on the stage to Obama’s right was the gobbler “Liberty.” His alternate “Peace” was inside and not to be seen.

The president kidded his audience and the media that Wednesday’s ceremony was part of his campaign to take actions that don’t require congressional approval.

“Well, here’s another one,” he said, “we can’t wait to pardon these turkeys.”

His campaign slogan is “We Can’t Wait.”

Both of the 19-week-old, 45-pound turkeys hail from Willmar, Minn. The names for the birds were chosen from more than 100 submissions to the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association’s website that highlighted the National Thanksgiving Turkey, according to the White House.

The president expressed thanks to all men and women serving in the U.S. military, and encouraged Americans to take time to reflect on their blessings and offer help to those in need.

It’s important to, “be grateful for what we have, be mindful of those who have less,” Obama said.

He and the first family will participate in a service project in Washington, D.C., later Wednesday.

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