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It is an odd tradition, to be sure. For the sixth time, Barack Obama did the job on Wednesday, sparing a bird at a ceremony at which he was joined by his (somewhat underwhelmed) daughters Sasha and Malia, 13 and 16. The myth behind the tradition is that -- after overexposure to the media in Washington -- once pardoned, the rotund turkey will spend the rest of its happy days lolling around, far from anyone's plate.
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor.