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People line up to cross into the U.S. from Mexicali, Mexico in this 2012 photo. A new report finds the flow has tended to go the other way since the recession, with more Mexicans leaving the United States than arriving.

Mexican Immigration Declining; More Are Returning Than Arriving

A new study of immigration to the United States shows that more Mexicans have returned home than have arrived here since 2009.

The report from the Washington, DC-based Pew Research Center also finds that the overall flow of Mexicans between the two countries is the smallest since the 1990s.

A man walks past a bar advertising Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Paris. Many bars and restaurants were sparsely crowded on a day that normally is a time to celebrate.

A Grieving France Celebrates A Subdued Beaujolais Nouveau Day

In France, the third Thursday in November is usually a day of fireworks and festivals, when people pause to celebrate a uniquely French custom: the uncorking of the first Beaujolais of the season.

But in a country in deep mourning, no one feels much like celebrating.

Bob Vander Plaats, president of Christian group the Family Leader, is seen as an evangelical kingmaker in Iowa. He said for Jeb Bush to "not to come to a forum like this is sending, I think, the wrong message."

Trump and Bush Skipping Out On The 'Final Exam' for Iowa Evangelicals

There will be a few empty seats around one Thanksgiving table this year: Donald Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are among those skipping Friday's Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines. The event is hosted by the conservative Christian group the Family Leader. President Bob Vander Plaats is seen as an evangelical kingmaker in Iowa.

President Bill Clinton prepares to sign legislation in 1996 that overhauled America's welfare system — and had a profound effect on the collection of child support.

How America's Child Support System Failed To Keep Up With The Times

When the U.S. child support collection system was set up in 1975 under President Gerald Ford — a child of divorce whose father failed to pay court-ordered child support — the country, and the typical family, looked very different from today.

How To Put Real Giving Into The Friendsgiving Feast

Like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time for coming together with loved ones – only the focus is on friends.

The Friendsgiving dinner – usually a potluck affair with plenty of booze — has taken off in recent years, especially among millennials. (Thank the gang from television's Friends for helping to popularize the concept.)

Square CEO Jack Dorsey outside the New York Stock Exchange before his company went public on Thursday.

Do Underwhelming Square, Match IPOs Mean Bubble Trouble?

Two tech startups you know have now gone public: Square (which makes the little white square to swipe credit cards) and Match, the online dating giant. Both companies got nice, first-day pops to their share prices as they started selling for well above the initial price. But interestingly, those initial prices were set low.

Really low.

Square was planning to price somewhere between $11 and $13 a share, which, analysts say, is already pretty cheap. But then, the company went even lower, settling for just $9. That's really, really cheap.

Edward Weber, a junior weather observer from New York, was 24 when he died.

Four Civilian Meteorologists Receive Posthumous Purple Hearts

Four civilian meteorologists who died during a U-boat attack in World War II posthumously received Purple Heart medals on Thursday.

Lester S. Fodor, George F. Kubach, Edward Weber and Luther H. Brady volunteered to serve on a Coast Guard ship in 1942. Kubach and Weber were 24; Fodor and Brady were 27.

The ship went on weather patrol in the North Atlantic, as NPR's Joe Palca reports for our Newscast division:

A Pair Of Stabbings Bring ISIS Violence To Southern France

In Marseilles, a large multi-ethnic city in the south of France, a Jewish teacher was attacked by a mob claiming to be ISIS supporters. A woman wearing a Muslim headscarf was also stabbed. For more on the violence, NPR's David Greene speaks with Ambriose Bruile, a TV correspondent at France 2, and Virginie Guiraudon, a research professor at the National Center for Scientific Research.

Harrelle Felipa with five of his children and a granddaughter.

From Deadbeat To Dead Broke: The 'Why' Behind Unpaid Child Support

On a recent Saturday afternoon at his West Baltimore rowhouse, Harrelle Felipa fields a steady stream of interruptions as he breads a large plate of fish and chicken for dinner.

His 4-year-old son wants to recite his letters. The 3-year-old brings him a toy that's broken. The tweens play Minecraft on the Xbox while Felipa's teen daughter checks her email. Felipa says he loves it.

"This is what my life consists of," he says. "I arrange my life around these guys."

It's not the typical image of a "deadbeat dad."

The iconic Coca-Cola bottle was actually modeled after a cocoa pod — even though it isn't an ingredient in the soda — by a glass company in Indiana.

From Grocery Shelves To Pop Culture: A Century of Coca-Cola Bottles

Whether it's in the hands of animated polar bears or Santa Claus, there's one thing you'll find in nearly all ads for Coca-Cola: the emblematic glass bottle.

Most Americans don't drink soda out of the glass bottles seen in Coke's ads anymore. But this week, the company is celebrating a century of the bottle that's been sold in more than 200 countries.