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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EST

November 22, 2018

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he plans to interview potential staff replacements while he’s in Florida for a Thanksgiving break. Trump would not say Thursday which positions he was interviewing people for, but Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and chief of staff John Kelly are considered among the most vulnerable in the administration. Trump was speaking to reporters after a Thanksgiving telephone conference call in which he told troops deployed abroad, “Your courage truly inspires us.”

NEW YORK (AP) — The balloons flew lower than usual, performers bundled up, and spectators sported blankets and sleeping bags, but blustery cold didn’t chill the enthusiasm at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Giant balloons of Charlie Brown, Sponge Bob and other beloved characters were cleared for takeoff just before the parade started amid some of the coldest temperatures in its history. The event dates to 1924.

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — People who lost their homes in the deadly fire that destroyed Paradise are filling their plates with turkey and pie at a community Thanksgiving meal. Patty Rough says she and her husband Chuck would normally host their family at their home in Paradise. But on Thursday, she instead gathered her son, daughter, future son-in-law and two grandchildren at California State University, Chico, where 15,000 meals were being served. Rough teared up as she called the holiday “bittersweet.”

TOKYO (AP) — The economy ministers of Japan and France say they’re committed to the alliance between carmakers Nissan and Renault despite the arrest of the man who dominated the union, Carlos Ghosn (gohn). France’s Bruno Le Maire and Japan’s Hiroshige Seko met Thursday in Paris a few hours after Nissan Motor Corp. ousted Ghosn as chairman after nearly two decades at the helm.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities are struggling to figure out how to recover the body of an American killed last week after wading ashore on an isolated island cut off from the modern world. The American, John Allen Chau, was apparently shot with arrows by islanders who then buried his body on the beach. But even officials don’t travel to North Sentinel Island, where outsiders are seen with suspicion and attacked. The islanders live as their ancestors did thousands of years ago.

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