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It's Thanksgiving Eve. Wondering what you could possibly say when current events arise at your holiday dinner? Samantha Rhodes to the rescue! And after you catch up on the news roundup Sarah Braun put together for you below, go take Ian Carlos Crawford's Thanksgiving food quiz. Happy Thanksgiving!

Person of the Day

The Eagles of Death Metal’s heart-wrenching interview about the Bataclan terrorist attack

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The sign at the Bataclan showcasing the Eagles of Death Metal show in Paris on the fateful night of November 13th. (Mikael Colville-Andersen / Flickr)

The Eagles of Death Metal is the band that was giving a concert at the Bataclan hall in Paris when terrorists came in shooting on November 13th. The band members have just given their first interview since the attacks, sharing their perspectives on the events of that awful night and their feelings about it, with Shane Smith of VICE.

It's heartbreaking. Don't forget to grab a tissue before you watch.

It's a really detailed account of how they reacted and escaped. They even talked about the people who tried to hide from the terrorists in their dressing room.

They stay remarkably composed throughout the interview. It's a powerful account and tribute to the victims of the November 13th attack at the Bataclan.

Quote of the Day

Obama says don’t worry, there’s ‘no specific and credible’ Thanksgiving threat

President Obama must be seeing into our souls, because he made a point of trying to quell our fears about terrorism today. He gave a speech addressing holiday security concerns, emphasizing that he and his team have everything under control:

I want the American people to know, entering the holidays, that the combined resources of the military, intelligence and homeland security are on the case. ... They're vigilant, relentless and effective."

He said he'll let us know if there's something specific to worry about:

"In the event of a specific, credible threat, the public will be informed."

He's not saying that you should let down your guard, though. There's still a global travel alert because of terrorism concerns. If you're traveling, take notice of suspicious activity and don't be afraid to speak up.

Watch his entire press conference below:

Image of the Day

This Ginkgo biloba tree looks like it’s raining sunshine and lemon drops

Lyme disease, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s, depression--the list of conditions Ginkgo biloba can be used to treat is endless, but the trees are also really gorgeous in the fall.

There’s one particular tree at a Buddhist temple in Shaanxi Province, China, that’s taking people's breath away.

This Ginkgo biloba tree is 1,400 years old. It looks like it’s raining sunshine or lemon drops.

That’s some serious foliage. It also has some serious armor. It’s both disease and insect resistant. So, if you plant one in your yard, you’ll not only have some great Kodak moments in the making, your tree will most probably live waaaaayy longer than you.

And if you can't get enough of these golden Ginkgo biloba trees, feast your eyes:

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(The Bode / Flickr)

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(The Bode / Flickr)

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(The Bode / Flickr)

Number of the Day

What First Amendment? 40% of millennials want ugly speech censored

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Do you support the censorship of hateful speech? (gruntzooki / Flickr)

What's more important to you: Free speech, or limiting hateful speech?

If you said limiting hateful speech, you have quite a bit of company: 40% of American millennials support limiting speech that's offensive to minorities.

That's compared with 27% of Gen Xers and 24% of Baby Boomers.

But overall, Americans are more likely to believe that the government shouldn't limit any kind of speech. Compared to other countries, we're very protective of our right to free speech.

Some people think these 40% of millennials are really off base.

Though before you get all worked up, some analysis of this study shows that this attitude is really not unusual.

Place of the Day

The Pope arrived in Nairobi, Kenya to spread peace and love

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Kenya is very excited to welcome Pope Francis. (CAFOD Photo Library / Flickr)

It seems like Pope Francis is aiming to be the Pope that visits all the countries. Today’s country was Kenya. Specifically Nairobi, the capital.

Here's a map to show you where that is:

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After his arrival, Pope Francis made a speech at Nairobi’s State House that was all about peace, a subject that’s on everybody’s minds right now:

"Ultimately, the struggle against these enemies of peace must be carried on by men and women who fearlessly believe in, and bear honest witness to, the great spiritual and political values which inspired the birth of the nation."

Next, he’ll spend time in Uganda and the Central African Republic, two countries that are in the midst of their own turmoil. Uganda has been fighting terrorist group Boko Haram for over a year, and the CAR has been in the midst of a civil war between Christians and Muslims for more than two years.

When asked whether he feels safe going to these countries, Francis said,

"I'm more worried about the mosquitoes."

Just more evidence of how chill of a pope he is.

Word of the Day

The tension between Turkey and Russia, explained

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Russian President Vladimir Putin with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an in 2012. (Wikimedia Commons)

The country of Turkey is not backing down from Russia, which is furious at Turkey for shooting down one of their fighter jets on Tuesday.

In case you're just catching up, here's what all the tension is about:

- Turkey says the jet violated its airspace, that it was warned, and that Turkey had a right to shoot down the jet.

- One of the pilots who was shot down is safe and he denies that he got any warnings from Turkey.

- Though this seems to be evidence that the jet was warned:

- Russia is angry--and getting nasty.

- Russians protested outside the Turkish embassy. They even threw food.

- Even more important, Russia put a missile system in place in Syria to protect its jets, and started heavily bombing targets in the city of Latakia, Syria, not far from where the jet went down.

- Tensions were already been running really high between the US and Russia over Russia's involvement in Syria. (Russia supports President Bashar al-Assad. The US doesn't. But both the US and Russia are anti-ISIS.)

- The basic trust among most of the countries allied in the fight against ISIS seems to be slipping away.

- But luckily, Russia and Turkey promise they won't go to war. Whew.

Video of the Day

The ‘Captain America: Civil War’ trailer is intense

Are you sitting down? Good, because the Captain America: Civil War trailer has been released.

This isn’t your average Avengers film, either. They’re split down the middle all because Bucky (aka the Winter Soldier), one of the villains in Captain America: The Winter Soldier is still alive.

Some of the Avengers, like Falcon, Hawk-Eye, and The Scarlet Witch (the telepathic and telekinetic girl from Avengers: Age of Ultron) want Bucky to live since he’s not killing anymore, but it looks like Black Widow, Iron Man, and the rest of the world really aren’t so sure. Cue intense battle scenes.

New characters, like Black Panther, are revealed in the film as well, but there’s no sign of new Avenger Ant-Man ... yet.

One thing is for sure though, Iron Man gets seriously beaten up in this film. He’s not a fan of Captain America going rogue.

Or maybe he’s just jealous of the bromance between Steve and Bucky.

Does he survive? And who wins the war? Find out on May 16, 2016. And please remember to breathe.

Tweet of the Day

The Daily Beast made the Chicago killing of #LaquanMcDonald into a GIF

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A protest in Chicago over the Laquan McDonald shooting. (reillyandrew / Flickr)

The Daily Beast thought it would be a good idea to make a GIF of the video that shows the 2014 killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer. And then tweet it. Nobody was happy about it.

Some even compared it to a time when people passed around photos of lynchings.

You know you’re in trouble when Anonymous threatens you.

An editor from the Daily Beast later apologized.

And they did delete it, which is why we can’t (and won’t) show it, but some are saying the apology was a bit late.

This controversy came amid protests in Chicago over Laquan McDonald's death.

Controversy of the Day

White student union groups are popping up on Facebook

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The Union of White NYU Students seems to exist only on Facebook.

These white student union Facebook pages are (very probably) fake. That doesn't mean they're not offensive.

It all started when a white student union page was anonymously created at the University of Illinois after a Black Lives Matter rally. But it didn't stop there. The pages started showing up at other universities like George Washington University, Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, NYU, and several others.

Fortunately, officials have been quick to catch on.


Nobody knows who started these Facebook pages, but people suspect white supremacists and 4Chan users.

People are condemning the pages for their racist content.

It's unclear what they're all about. One thing is for certain, though. They show that white supremacy and racism still very much exist on college campuses, and whether the people creating these pages are racist or not (and whether they're in college themselves or not), the claims that the African American student protests are "terrorism" are upsetting a lot of people.

Issue of the Day

The Costco chicken salad E coli is deadlier than the Chipotle E coli

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Costco chicken salad is making people sick. (JeepersMedia / Flickr)

Put down that Costco chicken salad. 19 people have contracted a dangerous form of E. coli from it.

And yes, there really is more than one form of E coli. In fact there are hundreds, but only a few are really dangerous. The strain from the chicken salad is #157 and it’s way worse than the one (#26) that caused several Chipotle restaurants to close earlier this month.

As of now, Costco hasn't made a statement, but the CDC has, and is telling people to check their fridges.

And if you have eaten Costco chicken salad already, monitor yourself for symptoms like diarrhea and cramps. Ick. Pregnant women and young children are especially vulnerable.

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Sarah Braun

Sarah is a freelance writer from Northern Virginia. She graduated from UVA in 2014 and since then has been traveling abroad with her husband and pet bearded dragon, Lady Smaug. When she’s not writing you can find her checking out a museum exhibit, wandering around a used bookshop, or watching reruns of “Gilmore Girls.”

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