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Buzz Aldrin recovers in New Zealand after polar evacuation

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was recovering on Friday in a New Zealand hospital and was in stable condition after a “grueling” medical evacuation from the South Pole.

Aldrin, 86, was visiting Antarctica as a tourist when he fell ill. He was flown to Christchurch from McMurdo Station, a U.S. research centre on the Antarctic coast.

Obama makes final Thanksgiving turkey pardon

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama got the holiday mood started at the White House on Wednesday with the traditional pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey, this time with his nephews standing in for daughters Malia and Sasha.

The light-hearted ceremony in the Rose Garden also featured Iowa-raised turkeys Tater and Tot, with the latter receiving the formal reprieve.