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By Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Tensions eased in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson on Thursday after two nights of violence and looting sparked by racially charged anger over a grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager. Protests also dwindled elsewhere in the United States as the Thanksgiving Day holiday and wintry weather kept many indoors. In California, about 500 people were arrested in rallies on Tuesday and Wednesday that shut highways in major cities. ...
NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of Americans across the country are marking the holiday with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many are overcoming some nasty weather and power outages. At the White House, President Barack Obama is spending a quiet Thanksgiving with a traditional meal.
Police in New York on Thursday arrested seven protesters who tried to disrupt the massive Thanksgiving Day parade over the decision not to charge a Ferguson cop who shot dead an unarmed black teen. The demonstrators -- angry over this week's decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict the white officer over the August death of Michael Brown -- were detained for "disorderly conduct," a police spokeswoman told AFP. Activists had used the #stoptheparade hashtag on Twitter to gather support for Thursday's protest. In New York, 10 people had been arrested Tuesday during demonstrations that blocked bridges and tunnels in the Big Apple.