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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for 11/21

Posted at 11:23 AM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 11:22:43-05

1. Just hours after Donald Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle his Outstanding Trump University lawsuits, Mike Pence got booed and called out at a Friday showing of Hamilton.

Trump wouldn't let it go and was tweeting about it all weekend, but Pence said he wasn't offended by the cast's statement.

Meanwhile Trump's weekend meeting with Mitt Romney has set Secretary of State rumors swirling.

West Michigan native Besty DeVos also met with president-elect Trump over the weekend. She's said to be on Trump's short list to serve as the next Secretary of Education.

2.  Pack your cars and pack your patience, because Triple-A released its Thanksgiving travel forecast this morning.

The agency is expecting the highest number of travelers in nearly a decade.

AAA projects more than 1.5 million Michiganders will travel 50 miles or more over the Thanksgiving holiday. That's the most travelers there's been since 2007, and 2 percent more than last year.

The vast majority will be driving, with air travel actually expected to decrease from 2015. The Thanksgiving holiday travel periods is this Wednesday through Sunday.

3. The March of Dimes is hoping to raise a lot of money at the annual Signature Chefs Auction tonight.

The event will be at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. There will be food from local chefs, as well as live and silent auctions.

Last year's event raised more than $330,000, and organizers are hoping to raise even more this year.

The March of Dimes helps babies and families impacted by premature birth.

4. Fredrik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park's opening its Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibit on Tuesday.

This year's exhibit features more than 40 international displays. The railway gardens has a track that features a train that goes in and out of four indoor gardens, including one that was recently renovated.

Admission gives viewers access to all the holiday trees and much more. The exhibit is a seasonal tradition that's been going on for the past 22 years.

5. Coca Cola wants people to take a selfie while sipping some pop, and now there's a special bottle to let them do that.

There's now a camera in the base of the bottle which automatically takes a picture when a person tilts it 70 degrees to take a sip.

There's a USB port in the base, so the drinking selfies can be transferred to the computer and be shared on social media.

An Israeli advertising agency came up with the idea as a marketing gimmick. There's no word on whether the bottle will show up in stores in Israel or in any other countries.