(CNN) -- It's official: According to the Honduran elections authority, Juan Orlando Hernandez won the Central American country's presidential vote.
With 80% of votes counted, officials said, Hernandez had secured more than 35% of the vote, placing him 6 percentage points ahead of his closest competitor.
By Mark Felsenthal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Taking a break from weighty matters of state and pitched battles with political foes, President Barack Obama exercised the lighter side of his authority Wednesday by sparing two magnificent turkeys the fate of becoming someone's Thanksgiving dinner.
"The office of the presidency, the most powerful position in the world, brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities," he said as one of the turkeys strutted around the stage next to him.
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Two turkeys, one named "Caramel" and the other "Popcorn," are presented to the press in Washington on Nov. 26, 2013.
The annual ceremony of the presidential turkey pardon is so ingrained in the American Thanksgiving tradition that it might seem as old as the holiday itself. But the ritual of White House clemency for a pair of lucky fowl is actually relatively recent.
President Barack Obama will officially pardon "Popcorn" and "Caramel" this week at the White House.
(CNN) -- "I cannot tell a lie."
That's the signature line from a classic American story. When the nation's first president was asked as a boy if he had chopped down his father's cherry tree, he didn't say "I can neither confirm nor deny those reports," or "it depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- The conservative ruling party candidate claimed victory in Honduras' presidential election on Sunday as a partial vote count put him ahead, but his leftist rival also said she was the winner, setting the stage for possible conflict.
The electoral authority said a partial count of votes gave National Party candidate Juan Hernandez some 34.3 percent support while Xiomara Castro, wife of deposed former leader Manuel Zelaya, had almost 28.7 percent.
The preliminary tally was based on a count from 54.5 percent of polling booths.
NEW YORK -- Rick Santorum was glad-handing a friendly crowd at a cocktail reception the other night, seeking support just as he did for many grueling months on the 2012 campaign trail for the Republican presidential nomination.
But this time he wasn't looking to get on a ticket -- well, not yet, anyway -- but rather, to sell tickets. Movie tickets.
Many might not know that Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and darling of America's social conservatives, is now a movie mogul.
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>> gregory: i´m david gregory . thanks for joining "meet the press remembers jfk : the presidential campaign ." this month marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of president kennedy on november 22 , 1963 . president kennedy appeared on "meet the press" a total of eight times during his life. three of those appearances were during his presidential campaign in 1960 -- in january after he declared his candidacy, in july from the democratic national convention , and in october less than a month before the general election against richard nixon .
As the nation prepares to mark the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, former president Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey were among the luminaries awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom established by Kennedy less than a year before his death.
Other awardees of the nation’s highest civilian honor on Wednesday included country music legend Loretta Lynn, former Indiana senator Dick Lugar, American astronaut Sally Ride, feminist author Gloria Steinem and baseball legend Ernie Banks.
John F. Kennedy, hours before becoming the Democratic nominee for president in 1960, sent a personal telegram to Russell Long requesting that the influential Louisiana senator join him on the convention platform. Having Long by his side when officially claiming the nomination was only fitting considering Kennedy never would have been nominated -- much less elected -- without Louisiana's help.
In the years leading to the golden age of Camelot, a small but fervently pro-Kennedy group of Louisiana powerbrokers helped curry support for the Catholic senator from Massachusetts.
(CNN) -- Chilean voters cast ballots in a presidential election on Sunday, but no candidate secured enough votes to declare victory.
The South American country is set to hold a runoff election December 15.
Socialist Michelle Bachelet, who was Chile's president from 2006 to 2010, will face off against Evelyn Matthei of the conservative Independent Democratic Union party.
Chile's constitution requires a candidate to garner more than 50% of votes to win the presidential election.
Bachelet had won 46.8% of votes with more than 92% of votes counted, elections officials said Sunday night. Matthei had garnered 25.1% of votes.
CNN's Elwyn Lopez contributed to this report.