Turkey pardons on tap for Obama in annual rite

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberty and Peace are getting a reprieve this year.

Both are 19-week-old, 45-pound turkeys — their names selected from more than 100 submissions — that President Barack Obama will pardon Wednesday in an annual Thanksgiving rite.

Liberty is the official national Thanksgiving turkey; Peace is its alternate. They were selected from among 30 turkeys raised and groomed in Willmar, Minn., just for a potential presidential amnesty.

The White House says many of the ideas for names came from Minneapolis and St. Paul schoolchildren who studied the importance of agriculture to the world food supply and to local economies.

Following the pardon ceremony at the White House, Liberty and Peace will retire to the historic home of George Washington in nearby Mount Vernon, Va.