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3:56 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Poultry Pardon: President Rewards America's Top Turkey

President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, second from left, and Malia, right, bestows a presidential pardon on Popcorn, the turkey, in a White House Thanksgiving tradition.
Carolyn Kaster AP

A turkey caught a break in Washington today. President Obama bestowed the traditional presidential pardon to a turkey named Popcorn, who now becomes the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey. It's the 66th anniversary of the tradition that keeps a lucky turkey or two off the dinner table.

In bestowing the official pardon, the president also observed the tradition of cracking a few jokes at the short outdoor ceremony at the White House, where he was joined by his daughters, Natasha and Malia.

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The Two-Way
3:52 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

'Turkey Day' Stuffing: Unlikely Pitches Fill Our Inboxes

Talkin' Turkey: In the run-up to Thanksgiving, marketers and PR pros seem to compete for the title of the most creative tie-in to their own business or cause. That led us to list some notable pitches.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 6:56 pm

Turkey is not the only thing that gets stuffed during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Our email inboxes, like yours, have been in Operation Overload this week, glutted with sweet potato souffle recipes, deals of the day, countdowns to Black Friday with BIG SAVINGS and FREE SHIPPING, doorbuster coupons, notices of Santa bar crawls, and more directions for the use of cream cheese than an old Paula Deen cookbook.

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The Two-Way
3:04 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Small Businesses Get One-Year Delay In Health Insurance Process

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 7:29 pm

The Obama administration announced it is delaying until November 2014 a requirement that small businesses shop for health insurance via the troubled federal HealthCare.gov site, which has been blamed for many problems since its launch last month. The shift applies to businesses with fewer than 50 full-time workers.

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The Two-Way
1:48 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Pack It In: Giant Louis Vuitton Trunk Booted From Red Square

Tourists and visitors pass by a two-story Louis Vuitton suitcase erected at the Red Square in Moscow on Wednesday. Politicians didn't like it, the public didn't like it, so the gigantic Louis Vuitton suitcase is being booted out of Red Square.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Louis Vuitton thought a two-story designer suitcase plonked in the middle of Red Square was a way to celebrate its more than century-old ties to Russia. Turns out not so much.

Russia's official Ria-Novosti news agency reports:

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The Two-Way
1:15 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Who Knew? Seahorses Are Stone Cold Killers: VIDEO

The profile of a killer (a high-speed digital image of dwarf seahorse).
University of Texas at Austin

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 6:44 pm

Sharks? They're pussycats in comparison.

Piranhas? More like hah-hahs.

Sea snakes? Call them sea fakes.

According to new research from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, the pokey little seahorse is an aquatic killing machine:

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The Two-Way
12:51 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Workers Killed In Collapse At Brazilian World Cup Stadium

A metal structure atop the Corinthians Arena is seen after a collapse Wednesday in Sao Paulo. The stadium is slated to host the 2014 World Cup opener.
Nelson Antoine AP

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 7:27 pm

A large portion of a nearly completed soccer stadium has collapsed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, killing at least two people and injuring others. A crane that was installing a large metal structure apparently buckled at the Corinthians Arena, which is slated to host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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The Two-Way
12:17 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Judge Smooths Path For American-US Airways Merger

Cleared for takeoff: That's the message from the "new" American Airlines, after a bankruptcy judge ruled it could finalize its merger with US Airways Wednesday.
Brandon Wade AP

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 1:22 pm

A U.S. judge says American Airlines can exit bankruptcy and join forces with US Airways Group, all but ensuring that their merger can take place within weeks. Wednesday's bankruptcy court ruling was one of the final hurdles for a huge merger that's been in the works for more than a year.

The ruling by Judge Sean Lane comes months after he gave his preliminary approval to the plan. The two companies are now planning to finalize their merger on Dec. 9, when they would combine to create the world's largest airline.

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The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Italian Senate Strips Berlusconi Of His Seat

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures during a speech to supporters Wednesday in Rome.
Tony Gentile Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 1:22 pm

Update at 12:25 p.m. ET. Berlusconi Expelled:

"Vote is done. Berlusconi is no longer senator," Reuters reported just before noon ET on its live blog.

So, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who as we said earlier has survived many other threats to his political life, now faces perhaps his most serious challenge.

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The Two-Way
10:15 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Please Send This Man Photos Of Snow On Your Patio Furniture

Just what Denver news anchor Kyle Clark doesn't want to see.
Kenneth Martin Landov

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 1:30 pm

If you haven't seen it yet, take a couple minutes to watch this video of Denver news anchor Kyle Clark's funny appeal to the people of Colorado to stop sending his TV station so many pictures of snow piled up on their patio furniture.

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