Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "Today, we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Over the next two weeks, U.S. embassies and missions around the world will all be working to raise awareness of the irreparable harm caused by gender-based violence.

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.

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:

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.