5 things you need to know this Thanksgiving

1. What to do if you don't want to talk politics at Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving Day means homes filled with the scent of roasting turkey and warming pies, family and friends gathering to feast. This year, when Americans gather with their families to gobble Thanksgiving turkey, it will be their first time doing so with President Trump in the White House. Here's our guide to talking politics (or not) at the dinner table. Afraid to go down that road? An argument for why you shouldn't be. As for the bird, if you don't feel like cooking you're not alone. But if you are cooking up a feast, here's something to be thankful for: Thanksgiving dinner will cost a little less this year. Pro tip: Taking time to count your blessings can be good for your health.

2. Man arrested in S.C. after allegedly stealing car with child inside

A 41-year-old was arrested in Clover after missing 1-year-old was found safe following an Amber Alert. Authorities were initially called to the 900 block of View Heights Drive in Gastonia, North Carolina around 8 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a stolen vehicle that had an 18-month-old child inside.  An Amber Alert was issued around 1:15 a.m. Thursday and then later cancelled for the child, Gage Conley, after he was found safe.

Gaston County Police said they worked with the York County Sheriff's Office in finding and arresting the child's alleged abductor, Theodore R. Lipscomb. According to authorities, Lipscomb is an acquaintance of the child's mother and had been riding with her and her boyfriend in the car prior to the theft.

Lipscomb was arrested in York County and is currently being held pending extradition to North Carolina. Police are still trying to locate the stolen Chevrolet Suburban that was last known to be towing a boat.

3. Ex-Panther working to raise lung cancer awareness

Lung cancer is the deadliest of all cancers and is striking victims that you wouldn’t expect: young, non-smoking women. 

Several weeks ago, NBC Charlotte aired a story about five Charlotte women, all non-smokers, who were battling stage 4 lung cancer at Levine Cancer Institute

Former Carolina Panther linebacker Chris Draft caught wind of the story from a viewer. Draft, who now lives in Atlanta, visited with the women just days later. 

“Why do I drive up? Why did I come here from Atlanta? Anywhere we can tell somebody that this is real, to let them know anyone can get it, we gotta (sic) go,” Draft said. He is a passionate advocate for lung cancer awareness because he knows the devastating disease all too well. Click here to continue reading.

4. Now on Amazon.com: 44 amazing Black Friday deals

appy almost Black Friday! This year, out of more than 5,000 different Black Friday deals already available, Matt Grantie has made a list of the best deals powered by viewer request. 

This year, Matt Granite is working from Amazon's production headquarters and handling Black Friday and Cyber Monday live. Granite extensively reviewed every single item on the list below and conducted pressure tests and drop tests, and tested competing products. Click here for full list.

5. Manhunt for escaped Florida inmates after NC arrest

 multi-state manhunt continues in the search for two escaped inmates from Florida after a third fugitive was arrested in Rowan County earlier this week. 

According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a tip early Monday that one of the fugitives from an escape in Wakulla County, Florida was at a home in Rockwell. Deputies responded to the home and took Casey Brandon Martina into custody. 

Investigators also found a stolen Jeep Cherokee with Virginia license plates at the home. Deputies determined that before Martina’s arrest, a 2007 Pacifica RV was stolen from the Peeler Road area in Rowan County, and that all three escaped fugitives were involved in the theft. 

Meanwhile, the fugitives have also been connected to the theft of an ATM from a gas station in Burke County earlier this week. Click here for more info and to view mugshots.

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