PRES OBAMA CALLS MEMBERS FROM ALL FIVE MILITARY BRANCHES TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE AS PART OF A THANKSGIVING DAY TRADITION *

THE PRES ALSO TOOK PART IN A CONFERENCE CALL WITH TROOPS IN WEST AFRICA *

OBAMA TOLD SERVICE MEMBERS THEIR VARIED MISSIONS AROUND THE WORLD - FROM FIGHTING EBOLA IN WEST AFRICA TO THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISIS - ARE ALL AIMED AT KEEPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE *

MEXICAN PRES ENRIQUE PENA NIETO ANNOUNCES A NATIONWIDE ANTI-CRIME PLAN THAT WOULD GIVE CONGRESS THE POWER TO DISSOLVE CORRUPT MUNICIPAL GOVTS AND PLACE LOCAL POLICE FORCES UNDER STATE CONTROL *

HE IS ALSO CALLING FOR SOME KIND OF NATIONAL IDENTITY DOCUMENT *

PLAN COMES TWO MONTHS AFTER 43 STUDENTS DISAPPEARED FROM GUERRERO STATE AND ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN MURDERED BY A DRUG GANG *

MEANWHILE, AUTHORITIES IN GUERRERO ON THURS FOUND THE PARTIALLY BURNED BODIES OF 11 MEN DUMPED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD *

AUTHORITIES IN HAWAII REOPEN A ROAD THREATENED BY LAVA FROM KILAUEA VOLCANO *

THE ROAD WAS CLOSED LAST MONTH AMID FEARS THE LAVA WOULD INUNDATE IT, BUT THE LAVA STALLED ABOUT 500 FT AWAY *

MEANWHILE, HAWAII'S CIVIL DEFENSE AGENCY SAYS LAVA FLOW BREAKOUTS REMAIN ACTIVE UPSLOPE, BUT DON'T POSE ANY IMMEDIATE THREAT *

CAR CRASHES INTO A PA CHAPEL HONORING VICTIMS OF UNITED AIRLINES FLT 93, TEMPORARILY CLOSING IT *

THE CAR HIT THE CHAPEL AFTER A TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON TUES, KILLING A SHANKSVILLE, PA WOMAN AND INJURING THE OTHER DRIVER *

THE CHAPEL IN STONYCREEK TOWNSHIP IS A SPIRITUAL MEMORIAL TO THE 40 VICTIMS OF FLT 93, WHICH CRASHED IN A NEARBY FIELD ON SEPT 11, 2001 *

TORRENTIAL RAINS ALONG THE FRENCH RIVIERA INUNDATE HOMES AND ROADS, LEAVING AT LEAST ONE DEAD AND THREE PEOPLE MISSING *

FRENCH INTERIOR MIN SAYS A WOMAN WAS FOUND DEAD IN LA LONDE-LES-MAURES AFTER HER CAR WAS SWEPT AWAY BY RAGING WATERS *

TEMPORARY SHELTERS HAVE BEEN SET UP IN SEVERAL TOWNS IN THE VAR REGION AND HELICOPTERS ARE LIFTING STRANDED RESIDENTS TO SAFETY *

HEAVY RAINS AND STRONG WINDS HIT BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, IN WHAT FORECASTERS ARE CALLING THE CITY'S WORST STORM SINCE 1985 *

STATE-OWNED POWER COMPANY ENERGEX SAYS AS MANY AS 90,000 HOMES LOST ELECTRICITY AFTER WIND GUSTS OF UP TO 87-MPH KNOCKED DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES *

A DOZEN PEOPLE WERE INJURED *

BRISBANE IS AUSTRALIA'S THIRD-LARGEST CITY, WITH 2.2 MIL PEOPLE *

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL THURS AFTER HAVING A STENT IMPLANTED TO CLEAR A BLOCKED ARTERY *

THE 81-YR-OLD JUSTICE IS EXPECTED TO BE BACK AT WORK ON MON *

SHE WAS RUSHED TO A DC-AREA HOSPITAL LATE TUES AFTER EXPERIENCING DISCOMFORT WHILE EXERCISING *

NATL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS TEMPS IN SEVERAL CA CITIES BROKE RECORDS ON THURS *

SAN DIEGO HIT 85 DEGREES, BREAKING A 111-YR-OLD RECORD OF 83, WHILE L.A. HIT 86 DEGREES, ONE DEGREE HOTTER THAN A 1977 RECORD *

TEMPS IN PHOENIX, AZ REACHED 87 DEGREES, TYING 1950 FOR THE WARMEST THANKSGIVING ON RECORD *

MEANWHILE, A THANKSGIVING EVE NOR'EASTER SNARLED HOLIDAY TRAVEL, KNOCKED OUT POWER TO THOUSANDS AND COVERED PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST IN SNOW *

CONSUMERS LINE UP TO KICK OFF THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON AS MORE THAN A DOZEN RETAILERS OPEN ON THANKSGIVING *

A CHICAGO-AREA WAL-MART PARKING LOT WAS FULL ROUGHLY 30 MINUTES BEFORE THANKSGIVING DEALS STARTED AT 6 PM, WHILE 500 PEOPLE WAITED IN LINE FOR A NYC TARGET TO OPEN AT 6 PM *

THE NATL RETAIL FEDERATION EXPECTS 25.6 MIL SHOPPERS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THANKSGIVING OPENINGS, DOWN SLIGHTLY FROM LAST YEAR *

BRAZILIAN SOCCER STAR PELE SAYS HE IS NOT SERIOUSLY ILL, DESPITE REPORTS TO THE CONTRARY *

THE 74-YR-OLD THREE-TIME WORLD CUP WINNER SAID ON TWITTER THAT HE IS NOT IN INTENSIVE CARE AND THAT HE IS "DOING FINE" *

PELE HAD AN OPERATION TO REMOVE KIDNEY STONES ON NOV 13, BUT WAS READMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL ON MON AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH A URINARY TRACT INFECTION... HE REMAINS HOSPITALIZED *