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Thanksgiving festivities around the U.S. marked by heightened security

The Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City upped security in the wake of recent attacks and two more women came forward accusing Al Franken of sexual assault. Also: the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement for the return of Rohingya Muslims and the search continues for soldiers missing after a Navy transport plane crashed in the Philippine Sea Wednesday.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    The nation marked Thanksgiving today with added security. Officials stepped up precautions in the wake of the truck attack that killed eight people in New York, and the sniper attack that killed 58 in Las Vegas.

    In New York, a large police presence kept watch over the annual Macy's parade as balloons, floats and bands wound their way through Manhattan.

  • Terence Monahan:

    We have people in high posts. We have a lot of cops. You can't go more than five feet without running into another police officer. But we also have a lot of cops that you're not going to see that are out there, and they're doing what these cops do the best, keeping people safe.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Meanwhile, President Trump spent Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago club in South Florida. Besides a round of golf, he told U.S. troops in Afghanistan, via teleconference, that they're making progress.

    He and the first lady also took a Thanksgiving lunch to a nearby Coast Guard station. The president praised the service's work after Hurricane Harvey.

    Two more women have accused U.S. Senator Al Franken of sexual misconduct. They told The Huffington Post that the Minnesota Democrat touched their buttocks during photo-takings in 2007 and 2008. That was during his first run for the Senate. In a statement, Franken said he does not recall the incidents.

    The head of the U.N. nuclear agency reported today that Iran is abiding by its 2015 nuclear deal. That contradicts president Trump, who refused last month to certify Iran's compliance. Mr. Trump said then the benefits that Iran gains from the deal outweigh any concessions it made.

    An ominous development today in the hunt for a missing submarine off Argentina. The country's navy says an apparent explosion was recorded near the sub's last known position, on November 15. Relatives of the 44 crew members have been waiting at a naval base, southeast of Buenos Aires. Some were angry today at the news.

  • Itati Leguizamon (through interpreter):

    It was Wednesday at 11.00 in the morning and that was when there was an explosion, a fire, everything it was. They did not say they were dead but it's a logical assumption as they have been there since last Wednesday. I'm sure they knew about this before. For me, they're a bunch of perverse people who fooled us.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The Argentinian navy says the search will continue until it knows for sure what happened.

    U.S. and Japanese warships searched again today for three American sailors still missing after their transport plane crashed Wednesday. It happened in the Philippines Sea, about 500 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa, Japan. Eight others on board were rescued.

    In Zimbabwe, officials made ready today to inaugurate a new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. He will replace Robert Mugabe, who stepped down this week after 37 years. The ruling party said today that Mugabe will not be prosecuted for any crimes. Meanwhile, the main opposition party said it has not been invited to attend the inauguration.

    The governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh have both signed off on an agreement for the return of Rohingya Muslims. Foreign ministers presided at today's ceremony in Myanmar's capital. They did not say how many Rohingyas will be allowed back into the Buddhist nation. More than 620,000 have fled a campaign of violence since August.

    Authorities in Papua New Guinea removed dozens of refugees today from a decommissioned camp. More than 300 migrants have refused to leave the site, saying they fear local residents. Amateur video today showed police loading people onto buses. The asylum seekers accused authorities of destroying their belongings.

    And, the opera world is mourning Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who died Wednesday in London of brain cancer. The renowned Russian baritone was sometimes called the "Elvis of Opera" and the "Siberian Express," and captivated audiences around the world. He was just 55 years old.

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    Lebanon's prime minister returns home after resigning. What's behind the political turmoil? A campground for families who are homeless. Making sense of the current glut in cranberries, and much more.

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