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The last time you ate cranberry – perhaps as a dried snack, in a glass of juice or as a saucy condiment with the Thanksgiving turkey – it was likely paired with sugar, and a lot of it. A cup of cranberry juice may be packed with antioxidants, but it has about 30 grams (or 7.5 teaspoons) of sugar.

Move over, turkey. Step aside, stuffing.

Green Bean Casserole, an iconic Thanksgiving dish, turns 60 years old this year, and it's as popular as ever.

Love it or loathe it, the classic Midwestern casserole has come to mean more than just a mashup of processed food sitting next to the mashed potatoes.

Amy Scott

Despite billions of dollars invested in helping more students from low-income families go to college, a new analysis shows enrollment by those students has dropped sharply.

Between 2008 and 2013, the percentage of all high school graduates who went straight to college dipped by three percentage points. Among students in the lowest income bracket, enrollment dropped by 10 points, from 56 percent to 46 percent.

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Nov 24, 2015

The State Department issued a travel advisory, but for some it is business as usual; how to Instagram your way to a career in food photography; and the Uber v. taxi battle for the curb at Atlanta's airport.

Annie Baxter

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's credibility as a space entrepreneur got a big boost this week. His private company Blue Origin succeeded in safely landing its unmanned New Shepard rocket, which had soared to an altitude of 62 miles.

Usually those multi-million dollar rockets are good for one flight.

The New Shepard can now be reused, a goal for many aerospace firms.

Despite alert, business travelers won't stay home

Nov 24, 2015
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The State Department has issued a worldwide travel alert. It says terrorist groups are continuing to plan attacks, and it warns Americans visiting other countries to be careful, though it stops short of warning people not to travel.

Molly Wood

For the average Instagram user, posting a picture of their latte art or of their dessert at the hippest restaurant in town means getting a few likes. But there’s a new group of Instagrammers who are getting paid for their posts. The restaurant industry has picked up on the trend and some places are reported to pay up to $350 per photo if a user has a significant following.

Could 'free riders' derail climate talks?

Nov 24, 2015
Scott Tong

Nearly 200 country representatives are about to descend on Paris for this year’s high-profile climate change summit. Each country brings its own pledge to cut emissions, and at the meeting everyone commits to following through and perhaps doing more. But to many social scientists following this, particularly economists, this whole way of doing things suffers from a fatal flaw. They call it the “free rider” problem.

Taxi and Uber fight for the curb at Atlanta airport

Nov 24, 2015
Johnny Kauffman

Scott Ledford got the cabbie gene. His grandfather founded Atlanta Checker Cab Company, his father worked there, and now his cousins run the business, he said. “I kinda have it in my blood.”

When Ledford drives past the curb at the Atlanta airport he sees passengers waiting for friends, family and sometimes Uber drivers. But not taxis. Ledford and other cabbies have to wait in a line nearby.

“People flag me or walk up to me all the time and say, 'Hey, can I get a cab?' I say 'I can get in big trouble for picking y'all up, up here,'” he said.

Former Disney IT workers claim discrimination

Nov 24, 2015
White Williams

Disney may be slapped with a lawsuit from former employees claiming discrimination over an issue that’s likely to get more attention this election season: guest workers.

Twenty-seven IT workers from Disney have filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging discriminatory employment practices. The complaints are being made in response to the termination of American IT professionals in January 2015, which are necessary precursors to bringing a lawsuit against Disney, according to Sara Blackwell, the attorney representing the claimants.