Thanksgiving feasts are always in need of something special.

Can a sprinkle of artisanal salt noticeably pump up the experience?

Let's meet a new Appalachian salt-maker in West Virginia and find out.

J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works is nestled in the Kanawha River Valley, just southeast of the capital city of Charleston in the small town of Malden (not to be confused with Maldon, a sea salt brand from the U.K.). It's mostly pasture land, with cows nearby.

The Pentagon has completed its investigation into the deadly U.S. airstrike that destroyed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan on Oct. 3, killing at least 30 patients and staff members.

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A question some in Chicago are asking after the release of a video that shows a police officer fatally shooting a black teen: Did prosecutors charge the officer who killed Laquan McDonald only because they had to — because the video was about to come out?

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez rejected that notion Tuesday.

The New York Metro Transportation Authority has removed Nazi-themed subway advertisements for a new Amazon show, The Man In The High Castle, after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked that they be taken down.

We know more than ever about concussions, the permanent brain damage of chronic traumatic encephalopathy and the other physical risks of football.

Yet so far this year, at least 19 students have died playing football, according to the University of North Carolina's National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research.

Though participation is slowly declining, football is still the country's most popular high school sport. Over a million high schoolers played last season.

Tulsa Animal Welfare

Black Friday this year could be your chance to find a new best friend.

Tulsa Animal Welfare Manager Jean Letcher said the adoption fee will be discounted Friday and Saturday for all animals with at least a spot of black fur.

"Everything from solid black kittens and black with a little bit of white on our dogs to a calico or a tricolor beagle — a little bit of black is all it takes to be special on Black Friday," Letcher said.

Department of Education

Oklahoma faces a budget shortfall of up to $1 billion for the next fiscal year, and that’s causing concern at the state department of education.

"We're bracing ourselves for cuts," said State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. "Really, we're anticipating cuts. We've been told to anticipate those cuts. Part of those, I think, cuts are going to hit the classroom."

Hofmeister warns any cuts will have consequences.

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The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who shot at a deputy 10 times early this morning.

Deputy Leighton Boyd stopped a car near 17th Street and Southwest Boulevard around 12:30 a.m. A passenger in the backseat jumped out and fired a 9-millimeter handgun, hitting Boyd’s Chevy Tahoe six times. One shot hit the suspect's vehicle, and three are so far unaccounted for.

Capt. Melissa Tapper said Boyd did not shoot his gun.

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