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How a journalist in Gaza fights to report and survive. President Joe Biden pardoned two lucky turkeys for Thanksgiving. And a big storm may threaten holiday travel.

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A week in the life of a journalist in Gaza

Dozens of Palestinian journalists have died in Israeli airstrikes. Tareq Hajjaj is trying not to be the latest one. Hajjaj, 30, is the Gaza Strip correspondent for Mondoweiss, a news and opinion website, and for the last month, he has been reporting in apocalyptic conditions while also taking care of his family. He has written about what it’s like to see buildings collapse, about young mothers and friends who were killed in Israeli airstrikes, and about the feeling of helplessness when there is nowhere left to run to. Over the course of several days, USA TODAY communicated with Hajjaj through brief audio notes and messages sent via WhatsApp, one of the only ways to keep in touch with people in Gaza. 🔎 Here’s a look at what he’s going through.

More Israel-Hamas war updates: Israel says Hamas killed teen hostage; dad of captive, 9, describes ‘nightmare.’ 👉 Follow our live coverage.

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Celebrating Rosalynn Carter’s extraordinary life

Tributes to former first lady Rosalynn Carter poured in after the Carter Center, the global nonprofit she and former President Jimmy Carter founded in the 1980s, confirmed on Sunday that the former first lady died surrounded by family and friends in her home in Plains, Georgia. She was 96.

  • Carter was a lifelong champion of mental health, caregiving, rights for women and more during her decades of public service to the country. The former president in a statement said, “As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.” ❤️ What to know about the first couple.
  • Funeral services for the former first lady begin next week, with multiple memorials planned in her native Georgia. Services start Monday, Nov. 27 and continue through Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Atlanta and Sumter County, Georgia. 🗓️ Schedule of events honoring the former first lady.
  • How Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter fell in love and stayed married for 77 years.

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Biden pardons 2 Thanksgiving turkeys

Two lucky turkeys – and one heck of a birthday party! On his 81st birthday, President Joe Biden pardoned two turkeys from a family farm in Minnesota on Monday as part of a long White House tradition ahead of Thanksgiving. Liberty and Bell will live to see another day. 🦃 Meet the turkeys + learn more about the event.

As concerns about his age continue to dominate his 2024 reelection campaign, Biden kicked off the turkey ceremony on the White House South Lawn with a lighthearted jab at himself: “I just want you to know, it’s difficult turning 60,” he said. The president has often made light of his octogenarian status − “I know I’m 198 years old,” he joked in June − as polls show it remains one of his biggest election liabilities. A look at the concerns hanging over the election. 

Big storm brewing could snarl holiday travel

A sprawling, messy pre-Thanksgiving storm across the eastern U.S. will bring travel headaches Tuesday and Wednesday for the millions on the roads or in the air for the holiday, forecasters warned. Rain, thunderstorms, snow, wind, fog and ice are all in the forecast, AccuWeather said. The worst weather is expected Tuesday from the Great Lakes to the Northeast down to the Southeast. Wet snow and freezing rain is possible in some areas, forecasters said. 🌦️ Take a look at the Thanksgiving travel forecast.

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Laura L. Davis is an Audience Editor at USA TODAY. Say hello: laura@usatoday.com. This is a compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network. Support quality journalism like this? Subscribe to USA TODAY here.

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