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Thanksgiving feasts are always in need of something special.

Can a sprinkle of artisanal salt noticeably pump up the experience?

Let's meet a new Appalachian salt-maker in West Virginia and find out.

J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works is nestled in the Kanawha River Valley, just southeast of the capital city of Charleston in the small town of Malden (not to be confused with Maldon, a sea salt brand from the U.K.). It's mostly pasture land, with cows nearby.

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No task is too small, no craving too diminutive to outsource to a smartphone app. The world is literally at our fingertips.

And here's a new pitch.

In a rush? Don't have the time to swing by a gas station on your way home from work?

Andy Uhler

The western United States is in a drought and it's been hot and windy in southern California over the last few weeks. Wildfires love these conditions, which means more property is at risk of damage or destruction. Insurance companies are well aware of this, so they're expanding homeowners' insurance packages essentially to include firefighters. 

Marketplace for Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Nov 25, 2015

Farm income will fall 38 percent this year, a look at what this means for consumers; Baltimore businesses recover after riots earlier this year; and the science behind Christmas shopping.

Consumers seeking health policies with the most freedom in choosing doctors and hospitals are finding far fewer of those plans on the insurance marketplaces. And the premiums are rising faster than for other types of coverage.

If one country can hold its head up high at next week’s Climate Change Conference, it should be Britain. As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the U.K. — of course — started the greenhouse gas pollution that now threatens the planet. 

But it has been trying to make amends. 

It passed the world’s first Carbon Act imposing legally binding cuts in emissions. It’s been weaning itself off coal and investing heavily in solar and wind power.  But is the U.K. really as green as it seems? 

A sweet Thanksgiving for sweet potato pie

Nov 25, 2015
Tobin Low

Patti LaBelle has a lot to be thankful for this year, as her sweet potato pie at Wal-Mart has become a popular seller. That's due in some part to a viral video of superfan James Wright giving the pies a memorable, rave review.