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Pope Francis waves to journalists as he stands by Istanbul Mufti Rahmi Yaran upon their arrival to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Pope Francis waves to journalists as he stands by Istanbul Mufti Rahmi Yaran upon their arrival to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Pope Francis visits iconic religious sites in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (AP) -- His head bowed and hands clasped in front of him, Pope Francis on Saturday stood in two minutes of silent prayer facing east inside one of Istanbul's most important religious sites, as he shifted gears toward more religious affairs on the second leg of his three-day visit to the mainly Muslim nation.

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Pope Francis follows Turkish soldiers as they hold a wreath at the mausoleum of the Turkish republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara on Friday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Pope Francis follows Turkish soldiers as they hold a wreath at the mausoleum of the Turkish republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara on Friday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Pope calls for Muslim opposition to ISIS in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Pope Francis condemned the Islamic State assault on Christians and other religions minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he arrived Friday in Turkey to encourage Muslim leaders to take a stronger stand against extremists who twist religion to justify terrorism.

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What it’s REALLY Like to Be a Vegetarian on Thanksgiving

Recently, Buzzfeed wrote a countdown post on what it's like to be a vegetarian on Thanksgiving. While this post was entertaining, and most of it was spot on, I thought I could give you a first hand account on what it's really like to be the only person at the Thanksgiving table that does not eat meat. 

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Wild turkey population stabilizing in NJ

After being extinct in New Jersey for over 100 years, wild turkeys have made a strong comeback in the Garden State in the last three to four decades.

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Frozen turkeys are needed by food banks in New Jersey. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Frozen turkeys are needed by food banks in New Jersey. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The need continues for food donations this season

An unprecedented number of families are in need of turkeys this holiday season, according to Carlos Rodriguez, executive director for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune.

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Site of a suicide attack in Irbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
Site of a suicide attack in Irbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
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New Kurdish offensive targets Islamic State group

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Kurdish peshmerga forces launched a new offensive Wednesday targeting Islamic State group extremists in Iraq, even as a suicide bomber killed at least five people in the Kurds' regional capital.

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Photo by Gary Gellman - Gellman Images
Photo by Gary Gellman - Gellman Images
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The Big Turkey

I found that a fresh turkey is my favorite but the old Butterball works ok too. Rinse the turkey well and make sure that you remove the gizzards and neck, dry the cavity and bird.

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Kurdish women make victory signs while taking part in a solidarity rally with the Syrian city of Kobani in the village of Caykara, Turkey. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Kurdish women make victory signs while taking part in a solidarity rally with the Syrian city of Kobani in the village of Caykara, Turkey. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Kurds in Turkey rally to back city besieged by ISIS

CAYKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Kurds rallied in Turkish cities Saturday in solidarity with the embattled Syrian city of Kobani, which has been under a brutal siege by the Islamic State group.

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Billy Hayes, who spent five, brutal years behind bars after trying to smuggle hashish onto a plane in Istanbul, rehearses for his one-man show.  (AP Photo/JT PR, Carol Rosegg)
Billy Hayes, who spent five, brutal years behind bars after trying to smuggle hashish onto a plane in Istanbul, rehearses for his one-man show. (AP Photo/JT PR, Carol Rosegg)
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Billy Hayes, of ‘Midnight Express’ ordeal, turns to the stage

NEW YORK (AP) -- The other day, Billy Hayes was rehearsing a scene from his one-man show when he was interrupted by the director.

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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands before a meeting at the Waldorf Astoria in New York Sunday Sept. 21, 2014.  (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands before a meeting at the Waldorf Astoria in New York Sunday Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
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Kerry: US looking for help from Turkey against ISIS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States expects Turkey to step up in the fight against the Islamic State group now that Turkey has secured the release of 49 hostages held by the militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

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