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105-pound woman wins turkey-eating contest

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A Virginia woman weighing in at 105 pounds took home the top prize at a New York contest by wolfing down nearly an entire turkey in 10 minutes.

64 cited for failing to yield to 'turkey'

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Why did the turkey cross the road? To hand out 64 citations to motorists who failed to yield to the costumed officer, police said.

Family spares life of smiley oyster

YARMOUTHPORT, Mass., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts family said they decided to spare the life of an oyster they found with shapes on its shell arranged to resemble a human face.

Thanksgiving need not be diet train wreck

COLUMBIA, Mo., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- University of Missouri dietitians recommend people maintain a healthy diet during the holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving.

Busiest time of the year for burn centers

NASHVILLE, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Thanksgiving and Black Friday, "opening day" for the U.S. Christmas shopping season, also signal the start of the busiest time for burn centers, physicians say.

Injuries can occur in family football

MAYWOOD, Ill., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A pick-up family football game can help burn off the 800-to-3,000 calories in a typical Thanksgiving meal, but a U.S. doctor warns injuries can occur.

Mother hopes for return of 3 missing boys

MORENCI, Mich., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Nearly a year after their disappearance, the mother of three young Michigan boys says she still holds hope they'll return home safely.
Jack Wagner may have 23-year-old daughter

Jack Wagner may have 23-year-old daughter

BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Jack Wagner's publicist says the American soap opera star and singer is looking into a 23-year-old woman's claim she is his daughter.

Consumers turn toward high-end turkeys

FRESNO, Calif., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- California retailers, farmers and consumers said this Thanksgiving season has seen an increased demand for higher-end free range and heirloom breed turkeys.
Yankees' Rivera may need throat surgery

Yankees' Rivera may need throat surgery

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he might need surgery on his vocal cords.
Thanksgiving marks first travel increase in 2011

Thanksgiving marks first travel increase in 2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Americans will increase Thanksgiving travel by 4 percent compared to last year, the first significant increase in any holiday travel for 2011, AAA said.
Obama pardons turkeys from fate on a plate

Obama pardons turkeys from fate on a plate

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- President Obama pardoned the National Thanksgiving turkey and his understudy Wednesday, saving them from a day when turkeys "don't have it so good."
Shopping slows prior to Black Friday

Shopping slows prior to Black Friday

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. retail receipts fell in the week ending Friday as consumers appeared to be waiting for the holiday sales events to kick in, a trade group said.
Travel nightmares in parts of United States

Travel nightmares in parts of United States

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Rain, snow and wind greeted holiday week travelers in both the Northeastern and Northwestern United States Wednesday, weather forecasters said.

Obama's schedule for Wednesday, Nov. 23

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- President Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving turkey Wednesday at the White House, the daily schedule indicates.
Southerners may eat more on Thanksgiving

Southerners may eat more on Thanksgiving

GALES FERRY, Conn., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Most Thanksgiving meals are high in calories, but the Web site WeightTraining.com suggests U.S. southerners consume more Thanksgiving calories than northerners.
Survey: Many less thankful, but doing OK

Survey: Many less thankful, but doing OK

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- One-third of U.S. adults say they will have more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving than they had a few years ago, a survey indicates.
Cattrall stars in B'way revival of 'Private Lives'

Cattrall stars in B'way revival of 'Private Lives'

NEW YORK, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Actress Kim Cattrall says she loves the excitement of performing in front of a live audience for the Broadway revival of Noel Coward's comedy "Private Lives."
No debt deal. Now what?

No debt deal. Now what?

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The administration upped pressure on Congress, unveiling a calculator to show U.S. taxpayers how much money is at stake following the supercommittee's failure.
Man using turkey fryer fries himself

Man using turkey fryer fries himself

MAYWOOD, Ill., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Thanksgiving has three times as many cooking fires than an average day, but even a turkey fryer can be safe with proper precautions, a U.S. physician says.
U.S. markets dive Monday

U.S. markets dive Monday

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. markets kicked off the Thanksgiving holiday week with big losses as a panel in Washington failed to come up with a deficit reduction compromise.

Lil Wayne headlines NOLA turkey giveaway

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Rapper Lil Wayne apologized for not getting back to New Orleans to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys to his hometown fans earlier.

Emanuel stumps for Obama in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke to Iowa Democrats Saturday at a fundraising dinner to boost support for President Obama.
Will the deficit-reduction supercommittee come up with a plan or a plan to put off the plan?

Will the deficit-reduction supercommittee come up with a plan or a plan to put off the plan?

The big question looming over Washington this week is whether the supercommittee will be able to fulfill its mandate to come up with $1.2 trillion in cuts to the budget deficit or whether draconian measures adopted this summer will kick in.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

Crab boats idled in dispute over price

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- San Francisco Bay-area Dungeness crab boats are idled in port, with fishermen and seafood distributors deadlocked in a dispute over prices, officials say.
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