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U.S. soldiers react, as they eat lunch meal to mark Thanksgiving Day at the U.S. base Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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U.S. soldiers and service members take their lunch to mark Thanksgiving Day at the U.S. base Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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U.S. soldiers and service members take lunch to mark the Thanksgiving Day at the U.S. base Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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U.S. soldiers, left, distribute meals to comrades to mark Thanksgiving Day at the U.S. base Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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Gina Youngman (right) of New Canaan, Conn., reacts as daughter Sarah (left), 15, and friend Celina Sprague, of the District, try on hats at the Gap store on Thanksgiving Day in the Georgetown section of the District. Many retailers were open on Thanksgiving. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Mason Binion (left) and Tasha Johnson (second from left), both of the District, wait in line with other shoppers on Thanksgiving Day along 14th Street Northwest for the midnight opening of stores in the DC USA shopping complex in Columbia Heights. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, and her husband, retired Capt. Mark Kelly, serve a Thanksgiving meal to troops at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Illustration: Thanksgiving prayer by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

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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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