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Trooper's Death During Blizzard Fuels Growing Concerns Over First Responder Safety

Colorado State Patrol troopers will bury one of their own today — a corporal who was struck by a car while helping a stranded driver during last week's historic blizzard. Funeral services for Corporal Dan Groves are at 10 a.m. this morning. They include a 7-mile procession beginning in Mead and ending at the trooper's church in Longmont.

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Better coverage. Health insurance premiums lower than they would have been otherwise. Millions of Americans eligible for rebates in just a little over a year. Take insurer executives’ giant salaries out of health costs.

One day after what's been called the "worst act of aggression" by North Korea in more than 50 years, the two Koreas "traded retaliatory measures ... with Seoul halting aid and Pyongyang nixing future family reunions," South Korea's Yonhap News Agency writes.

Each year as millions of Americans pack their bags for Thanksgiving pilgrimages, we're bombarded with tales of travel nightmares and advisories that seem a lot like leftovers from Halloween.

The highways will be jammed with lines of cars, the price of gas to get from A to B will break the bank, and a plane ticket will cost an arm and a turkey leg.

The pace of new home sales fell to a near-record low in October, the Census Bureau just reported.

Is said just 283,000 units (that's an annualized rate) were sold, down 8.1% from September. The all-time low since Census started keeping such records in 1963: The 275,000 rate in August.

Earlier, we passed along word on the day's other economic data.

A "day of action" has brought thousands of students into the streets of London, Manchester, Sheffield, Edinburgh and other cities in England and Scotland as they protest plans for tuition hikes and budget cuts at U.K. universities.

As you can see from the live coverage being streamed and blogged by the BBC, there's been some violence. There's also live-blogging over at The Guardian.

The latest economic numbers to consider:

-- The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits declined to 407,000 last week, the Employment and Training Administration says, from 441,000 the week before. The last time weekly claims were this low: July 2008.

Pop culture and politics came together on ABC-TV's Dancing With the Stars this season, thanks to the presence of Bristol Palin.

And while this blogger did not watch a minute of the show, lots of folks did. So, for those who need to know and might have missed last night's finale (maybe because they were stuck on some highway?):

Bristol, daughter of 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, did not win.

OK, this is it. Time to go over the rivers and through the woods.

And if you haven't left already, good luck.

As the Associated Press writes:

"More than 40 million people plan to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA, with just more than 1.6 million flying -- a 3.5 percent increase from last year."

The AIDS pandemic is almost 30 years old. Sixty million people have been infected with HIV – more than the combined populations of California and New York. Thirty million people have died – about the population of Venezuela. The number of people who will get infected with HIV this year almost equals the population of Chicago.

But all is not gloom and doom.

Americans crammed into trains, planes and automobiles Wednesday for a wave of Thanksgiving travel, but threatened protests at airport security inspection stations didn't appear to be causing problems.

Smoothly flowing security lines and few protests were reported at some of the nation's largest airports.

For example, at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, there were wait times of 10 minutes or less Wednesday morning at the 43 security checkpoints. The airport expects 1.7 million people to move through its gates through the holiday period ending Monday.

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