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Wed November 26, 2014

Gravy And Gallstones: Your Memorable Thanksgiving Grace Moments

Kids (and grandpa) can inject the humor needed to make a Thanksgiving memorable.
H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:39 pm

For many people on Thanksgiving, the moment may come when all the drama and noise of the week dies down. The meal is on at the table and everyone has pulled up their chairs. Some take it as a moment to say grace.

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Music Interviews
4:33 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

The Kinks in 1970.
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:42 pm

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The Salt
3:54 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Why American Honey Importers Are Wary Of 'Turkish' Honey

An apiary on the outskirts of Chengdu, China, produces about 440 pounds of honey a day. American honey importers say they suspect the uptick in honey coming from Turkey actually originated in China.
Liu Jin AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:38 pm

Turkey is a land of fine honey. Bees produce more of the sweet stuff in Turkey than in any other country except China. And Turkish consumers happily eat most of it themselves. Very little Turkish honey is exported. When it is, it usually commands premium prices.

But some American honey producers say they've observed something odd: cheap Turkish honey headed to the U.S. The U.S. producers think it's not really Turkish honey — and that it actually comes from a country farther to the east.

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3:34 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

UC President Janet Napolitano Says Tuition Must Rise

University of California President Janet Napolitano gestures while speaking to a reporter Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (Ben Margot/AP)

Shortly after leaving her post as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security in 2013, Janet Napolitano took the helm of the University of California. She has dealt with some of the biggest questions on college campuses, receiving praise and considerable criticism.

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Code Switch
3:33 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

In Darren Wilson's Testimony, Familiar Themes About Black Men

A crowd rallies to protest the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Sid Hastings AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 4:29 pm

After Michael Brown was shot dead in August, his mother, Leslie McSpadden, said, "My son was sweet. He didn't mean any harm to anybody." He was, she said, "a gentle giant."

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NPR Story
2:42 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Football Preview

There are three NFL games on Thanksgiving Day this year, including the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, pictured here facing off on December 29, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

There are three Thanksgiving games on the NFL schedule for the holiday tomorrow. It’s a continuation of a tradition that started decades ago in Detroit.

In 1934, the Lions played their first Thanksgiving Day game. The team’s owner scheduled the game on the holiday, in part, because the football team wasn’t getting the same amount of attention as Detroit’s baseball team, the Tigers.

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2:42 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Is Washington, D.C. The Next Tech Mecca?

D.C. is planning a massive "Innovation Hub" at the St. Elizabeths East Campus in Ward 8. (D.C. Government)

Washington, D.C. may be transforming from a government town to a technology hub. The city is home to more than a thousand tech start-ups, thanks in part to government incentives for high-tech businesses.

The city has created a “technology corridor” in Northwest — northwestern quadrant of Washington, D.C. — where start-ups are settling.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Rebecca Sheir of WAMU reports on why the tech movement is gaining momentum.

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2:42 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Justice Ginsburg Awake And 'Demanding Work' After Heart Procedure

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is said to be resting comfortably after undergoing a heart procedure. According to a statement from the nation’s highest court, she experienced discomfort during routine exercise and was taken in to a Washington, D.C. area hospital.

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2:42 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Rare And Risky U.S. Raid Frees Hostages In Yemen

U.S. Special Operations Forces conducted a pre-dawn mission on Tuesday to rescue eight hostages being held by an al-Qaida affiliate in a remote part of eastern Yemen. Yemeni officials say the freed captives were six Yemeni citizens, a Saudi and an Ethiopian.

They flew secretly to a location near the border with Saudi Arabia, then hiked some distance to a cave where they surprised the militants, killing seven militants and freeing the hostages.

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2:42 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Texas Sheriff Expects Fewer Deportations

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, pictured here at a news conference on Jan. 25, 2013, says he expects fewer deportations — and thinks that's a good thing. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

President Obama, as part of his executive actions last week, is doing away with a controversial law enforcement program known as Secure Communities.

Under Secure Communities, undocumented immigrants picked up by local police for even minor violations could be held in custody and eventually deported if their fingerprints matched a federal immigration database.

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2:42 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Chicago Parishioners Each Given $500 To 'Do Good'

Laura Truax is the pastor at Chicago's LaSalle Street Church. (Courtesy of Laura Truax)

Congregants at Chicago’s LaSalle Street Church were surprised on a recent Sunday by an announcement by their pastor. Each of them would be receiving $500 and the only criteria for spending it was to use it to “do good.”

Congregants at first sat in silence, unable to believe what they had just heard. And then, many burst into tears. The money was part of a surprise $1.6 million windfall that came to the small non-denominational church when property it had invested in 40 years ago was sold.

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2:42 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

New Words From The American Heritage Dictionaries

The Vietnamese sandwich referred to as bánh mì is one of the latest additions to the American Heritage Dictionary. (Trevor Pritchard/Flickr)

The American Heritage Dictionaries added over 500 new words to the fifth edition of its dictionary of the English language, including food words like banh mi, halloumi and mochi, as well as terms like

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2:42 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Cleveland Releases Video Of Boy Shot By Officer

Authorities in Cleveland have released surveillance video of the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old African-American boy on Saturday night, after a 9-1-1 caller said he might have a gun.

It turned out that Tamir Rice had a BB gun, but reportedly, the police officer who shot the boy did not know that.

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2:36 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Black Friday: From Pre-Deals To Debate Over Retail Workers

A Black Friday advertisement for Target is seen on an iPad in Annapolis, Maryland November 16, 2014. Black Friday is coming early this year to retailers, as many plan to open on November 27, Thanksgiving Day. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

On this day before Thanksgiving, stores and shoppers are preparing for Black Friday, but as some have been noting, Black Friday may be coming early this year. A number of retailers, from Target to the Gap, are already offering Black Friday-like deals.

Jordan Weissmann of Slate joins Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins to take a look at which stores will be open Thanksgiving and what that means for workers.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Ferguson Documents: What Michael Brown's Friend Saw

Dorian Johnson leaves Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church at the end of the funeral service for his friend Michael Brown in St. Louis.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 3:14 pm

Over the past couple of days, we've been reading through the trove of documents released by the prosecutor in the matter of Michael Brown.

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