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Nov 22, 2012

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Enjoying Thanksgiving dinner? Your turkey may have cost a little bit more this year thanks to last summer's drought. Planning to go Black Friday shopping? We look at why stores open so early, anyway. And if you're planning to head to Walmart, you might encounter demonstrations. Some workers are planning a walkout over unfair pay. We talk with Gallup's Frank Newport about who's shopping on Black Friday and check in with two expats about how they're doing on turkey day. Plus, stories on prestigious colleges offering courses online and will the U.K. leave the EU? 

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What's up, Europe? The expat's Thanksgiving edition

Nov 22, 2012
Americans may be stuffing themselves with turkey on Thanksgiving, but what about Americans on the other side of the pond?

Gobble, gobble, gobble -- on cue

Nov 22, 2012
Apparently turkeys can be made to gobble on cue.

More prestigious colleges offer courses online

Nov 22, 2012
Advocates say new, online programs will revolutionize higher education both in cyberspace and in the face-to-face classroom. But they may also be a threat to America's less-prestigious colleges and universities.

How do American feels about Black Friday?

Nov 22, 2012
Long lines, huge crowds, frenzied shopping -- how many people are willing to brave the juggernaut known as Black Friday to get a good deal?

Turkeys cost a little more this Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2012
This summer's drought meant higher corn prices, and turkeys eat a lot of corn. So restaurants -- and you -- will pay more this Thanksgiving.

Could Britain leave the European Union?

Nov 22, 2012
Britain contributes far more to the budget of the European Union than it receives in subsidies for agriculture and infrastructure. Its prime minister wants to freeze the budget where it is.

New Black Friday tradition: Workers picket Walmart

Nov 22, 2012
Walmart workers will walk picket lines outside stores on Black Friday to protest the retail chain's low wages. Walmart, with more than a million employees, helps set pay levels for the retail industry.

Why do stores open early after the holiday, anyway?

Nov 22, 2012
Most people don't go to Black Friday's early store openings. But for retailers, it's like an arms race. If their competitors open early, they have to respond.

Enjoying Thanksgiving dinner? Your turkey may have cost a little bit more this year thanks to last summer’s drought. Planning to go Black Friday shopping? We look at why stores open so early, anyway. And if you’re planning to head to Walmart, you might encounter demonstrations. Some workers are planning a walkout over unfair pay. We talk with Gallup’s Frank Newport about who’s shopping on Black Friday and check in with two expats about how they’re doing on turkey day. Plus, stories on prestigious colleges offering courses online and will the U.K. leave the EU? 

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