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Ray Rice domestic violence case

More: Per a league source, former US Judge Barbara S. Jones has rejected the NFL's indefinite suspension of Ravens running back Ray Rice - @NBCSports

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Syrian civil war

Syria rejects as 'fabricated' US accusations that its forces are targeting civilians with air strikes - @Reuters

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Thanksgiving

Photo: President Obama calls US troops on Thanksgiving - @PeteSouza

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environment

2014 may be hottest year since records began in 19th century, US and British scientists say - @Reuters

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United States

More than 730 US flights canceled, 4,300 delayed, as people attempt to travel for the holidays - @cnnbrk

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United States

CDC study: Fewer than 18% of American adults smoke cigarettes, a new low - @latimes

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Yemen crisis

White House: Homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco called Yemen President Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi; underscored US 'commitment to supporting Yemen's peaceful political transition process' - statement

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Ebola outbreak 2014

Sierra Leone appeals to the US to send military aid to help it battle Ebola - @Reuters

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air travel

497 flights have been cancelled across the US as of noon ET, with 280 of those either scheduled to fly into or out of NYC area airports - @flightaware

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US economic indicators

Applications for US unemployment benefits top 300,000 for first time in nearly 3 months - @AP

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United States

US orders for durable goods up 0.4% in October, but investment category falls again - @AP

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Pakistan

Officials: US drone kills 4 militants in North Waziristan, Pakistan - @AP

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United States

Editor's note: As of Tuesday evening, some 19 million people were under winter storm warnings in the US Northeast. And @weatherchannel, citing a AAA official, says an estimated 41 million travelers are expected to be on the road this weekend. - Tom

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Ferguson, Mo., unrest 2014

Editor's note: Protesters angered by the Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict an officer for the death of Michael Brown tonight are blocking bridges and highways in a multitude of cities across the US. We've seen reports and images from Minneapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Nashville, New York, Oakland and Los Angeles. - Tom

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War in Afghanistan

Sources: US preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 - @Reuters

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Ferguson, Mo., unrest 2014

President Obama, on Ferguson, Mo., protests: 'The problem is not a Ferguson problem, it's an American problem' - from @Suntimes broadcast

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Ferguson, Mo., unrest 2014

President Obama, speaking about Ferguson protests, says being American is 'a commitment to ideals, a belief in certain values' - @Suntimes broadcast

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markets

Dow hits new closing high as stocks end mixed - @USATODAY

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Supreme Court of the United States

US Supreme Court agrees to review EPA's mercury emission limits for power plants - @GregStohr

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Ferguson, Mo., unrest 2014

Family attorney calls for 'Michael Brown law' in which every police officer in every US city would have a body camera - live video

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