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Illustration: Thanksgiving by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

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Musicians Sting (left) and Vince Gill have collaborated on a Country Music Television "Crossroads" special that will air at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. (Associated Press)

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President Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, pardons Liberty, a 19-week-old, 45-pound turkey, at the White House on Nov. 23, 2011, the day before Thanksgiving. At left is National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga. (Associated Press)

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Lori Tempesta, of Falls Church, Va., left, holds her baby Ashlyn Tempesta, next to daughter Elena Tempesta, 3, and husband Anthony Tempesta, as they check in for a flight to Dallas for Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at Washington's at Ronald Reagan National Airport. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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President Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, pardons Liberty, a 19-week-old, 45-pound turkey, at the White House on Nov. 23, 2011, the day before Thanksgiving. At left is National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga. (Associated Press)

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Auto traffic for this Thanksgiving holiday is expected to rise, according to AAA. "The increase in holiday travelers can be attributed to a ... strengthening economy," the AAA says, but the increase will only be "slight." (Associated Press)

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The number of holiday air travelers also will rise slightly this year, the AAA predicts, but passengers will still be subject to security measures that make hitting the highway for Thanksgiving travel the "preferred choice." (Associated Press)

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Mr. Elmendorf said Tuesday that if the new deficit supercommittee is going to meet its Thanksgiving deadline for a deal, his office will need to see an agreement in early November. The supercommittee held its first hearing Tuesday. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Yellow crime-scene tape in front of a condo where a 58-year-old man was murdered over the long Thanksgiving weekend is a stunning sight in Celebration, Fla., a master-planned community built by the Disney company 14 years ago near Orlando.

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The Kermit the Frog balloon floats through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

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The Snoopy balloon floats through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

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The Buzz Lightyear balloon floats through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

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**FILE** The Smurf balloon floats through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York on Nov. 25, 2010. (Associated Press)

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The Kung Fu Panda Balloon floats through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon floats through Times Square during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

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President Obama leans over to hear an unidentified child speak as he helps pack food for Thanksgiving at Martha's Table, a local food pantry in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha, center, and Malia, right, walks out of the Oval Office, the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, to participate in an event to pardon "Apple," the National Thanksgiving turkey during a ceremony. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Barack Obama stands with National Turkey Federation Chairman Yubert Envia as he pets "Apple," the National Thanksgiving turkey during a ceremony to pardon the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Barack Obama stands with National Turkey Federation Chairman Yubert Envia as he pets "Apple," the National Thanksgiving turkey during a ceremony to pardon the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)