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Farmers survive by sending food to cities, and when they die their assets often leave just as fast, going to heirs living in urban areas. That financial drain helps accelerate small town decline. So, some states are working systematically to keep a fraction of that outward bound money — billions each year — at home.

Years ago, retailers had an unofficial agreement: Black Friday would be the start of the shopping season. Then some stores started opening their doors and offering sales on Thanksgiving Day. That created some conflicts between consumerism and turkey consumption and now the pendulum is swinging back again.

The little-known Foreign Agents Registration Act was long considered a joke — until Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller brought his first indictments. Legal observers are asking whether he might take a "toothless" old law and give it new fangs.

Russia's president has had a flurry of meetings with leaders from the Middle East and beyond. Critics say he's trying to exploit what the Kremlin sees as inattention from the Trump administration.

Ninety miles west of the White House, the National Park Service was selling Trump Wine at Shenandoah National Park — raising questions about Park Service rules and presidential influence.

After 37 years in power, Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe has stepped down. He's been in power for most of journalist Wadzanai Mhute's life. She shares her memories of a pre-Mugabe Zimbabwe, reflections on the years of his rule, and her hopes for her country's future with NPR's Ari Shapiro.

Over the past half-century, turkeys have been getting a lot bigger. Due to selective breeding, the average turkey is now twice the size it was in 1960.

President Trump thanked U.S. service members who are serving abroad in a video call from Mar-a-Lago today. Ahead of the holiday — the Defense Logistics Agency sent close to 100,000 pounds of turkey and some 30,000 pounds of ham to the region for a Thanksgiving meal.

Several hundred undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country illegally all share a goal: they want to join the U.S. Army. Now, two programs that put them on that path are in danger of being killed by the Trump administration. Two young men tell NPR they are hoping to get to basic training before it's too late.

Myanmar and Bangladesh say they have signed an agreement to allow the return of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh. But many Rohingya say they are too scared of violent attacks in Myanmar to return home.

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