Start your day here: Activists protest Julius Jones' execution; Biden reunites the 'Three Amigos'; simplify your Thanksgiving

Published November 18, 2021 at 8:31 AM EST
Death Row Appeal Oklahoma
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Supporters of Julius Jones, who is scheduled for execution today, march to the offices of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board in February in Oklahoma City, where they presented a petition with over 6.2 million signatures, calling for Jones' death sentence to be commuted.

Good morning,

Here's what we're following today:

Julius Jones execution: Activists are calling on Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt to intervene in the execution, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. local time. Jones has spent nearly two decades on death row, convicted of a 1999 murder that he and others say he didn't commit.

The "Three Amigos" summit: President Biden revives what was once a regular meeting of the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

Thanksgiving prep: With a week to go, here's how you can cook smarter, not harder. Plus a quest for the perfect turkey, and more tips.

🎧 Also, on Up First, our daily podcast, two men convicted of killing Malcolm X are set to be exonerated.

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