West Lafayette, Indiana - Most people who responded to a Purdue University survey expected to spend about the same or more on holiday meals, gifts and travel this year compared with last year.

Washington, DC - Thanksgiving is a good time to remember to be grateful for farmers, farm laborers, cooks, and food service workers. Unfortunately, while we are giving thanks for the harvest, we are also wasting massive amounts of food. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, the United States will waste about five million tons of food. In one year, Americans alone waste about 34 million tons. That's a lot of turkey, pie, and Christmas cookies ending up in the trash instead of in our stomachs.

Toronto, Canada - The first hint of hidden transcripts in the old masters came in 2012, while the author was examining Michelangelo’s 'Creation of Adam’ on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. He saw in the gap between those most famous of fingers something that - according to traditional theory - should certainly not have been there. It was the word ‘chiave’, Italian for ‘key’. And it was this that opened the door to an amazing new world.

Washington, DC - Registration now is open for NASA's Cube Quest Challenge, the agency’s first in-space competition that offers the agency’s largest-ever prize purse.

St. Louis, Missouri - Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Monday regarding the conclusion of the St. Louis County grand jury proceeding in the shooting of Michael Brown:

Imperial, California - It's a brave new world with a language all its own, says the Association of Mature American Citizens. The proof is in the Oxford Dictionary's pick for the 2014 Word of the Year-vape.