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- Making It Against the Law to Help the Homeless – More and more cities trying to clean up their downtowns are finding new ways to discourage the homeless from gathering there. Lucky Severson reports on controversial new ordinances in cities around the country that make it illegal for caregivers to feed and otherwise minister to those living on downtown streets.
- Thanksgivukkah – In a rare calendar convergence, the first full day of Hanukkah, the eight-day-Jewish festival of lights, falls on Thanksgiving Day this year. According to some calculations, that will not happen again for nearly 80,000 years. The American Jewish community has dubbed the convergence, “Thanksgivukkah.” Kim Lawton looks at some of the ways people are celebrating, including holiday mash-up recipes and merchandise, such as turkey-shaped menorahs. She also talks to Jewish leaders who say underneath the fun, Thanksgivukkah highlights important values such as religious freedom, gratitude and charity.