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Obama pardons one last Thanksgiving turkey
President Obama is continuing the grace he showed in receiving President-elect Donald Trump at the White House by inviting a red-state turkey for the traditional Thanksgiving pardon Wednesday. The lucky bird hails from Iowa, which went 52% for Trump. Obama will get to name his new feathered friend,with four choices offered by the classmates of the producer's children. The Iowa avian (plus an alternate), winnowed from 20 specially raised for the White House Thanksgiving, will retire to a Virginia Tech teaching farm.

Movies move in early at a multiplex near you
Many movies will debut mid-week to take advantage of holiday crowds this week. Among the offerings: Moana, a Disney animated adventure voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho (with musical contributions by Lin-Manuel Miranda); Rules Don’t Apply, in which Warren Beatty writes, directs, produces and stars as eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes; Allied, a World War II spy drama starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard; and the holiday comedy Bad Santa 2,which brings back Billy Bob Thornton — 13 years after the original — as a safe-cracking Saint Nick.
Meal prep you can do the day before Thanksgiving
It's the day before Thanksgiving, and there are plenty of things you can do in the kitchen now to prepare for the big meal. Hopefully you've already sharpened your knives, made room in your fridge and started to defrost the bird. On Wednesday, start preparing sides like stuffing, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes. Dinner rolls? Make those Wednesday, too. Need some last-minute inspiration? Here are some fun ways to diversify your menu:

Hurricane Otto to make landfall on Thanksgiving
Hurricane Otto will continue to head across the Caribbean toward Nicaragua and Costa Rica Wednesday after rain and mudslides from the storm killed three people in Panama Tuesday. The hurricane is expected to make landfall on Thanksgiving Day. Costa Rica ordered the evacuation of 4,000 people from its Caribbean coast on Tuesday. If it makes landfall in Costa Rica, it would be the first hurricane on record to hit there. Total rainfall of 6 to 12 inches, with isolated amounts of 15 to 20 inches, are forecast across northern Costa Rica and southern Nicaragua through Thursday, and will likely result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Center said.

Study reveals the worst drivers in the nation
The millions of people who take to the nation's highways for Thanksgiving should keep a sharp eye out for Texas and Louisiana license plates. A study from a car insurance group says drivers from those states are among the worst in the country. The report, by CarInsuranceComparison.com, looked at data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Rounding out the top 10 for worst-driving honors are South Carolina, North Dakota, Delaware, New Mexico, Nevada, Alabama, Arizona and Montana. Traffic-related fatalities are rising after decades of declines – 35,092 people died in 2015 in traffic accidents, a 7.2% increase from a year earlier.

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