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Obama defends legal authority _ to pardon turkeys

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table. In the spirit of the holiday, Obama on Wednesday took "action fully within my legal authority, the same kind of action taken by Democrats and Republican presidents before me," to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, a 49-pound bird named Cheese. He also spared an alternate turkey, a 47-pounder...

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