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    Glut of cranberries could turn into compost


    Glut of cranberries could turn into compost

    Cranberries might be a staple on Thanksgiving tables, but a glut of US supplies has gotten so large that fruit could be headed to the compost pile. Just as demand is hitting its seasonal peak, American processors are anxiously awaiting government approval that would allow them to turn excess fruit into fertilizer. The program would be the first of its kind for cranberries. Supplies have piled up amid bountiful US harvests and a surge in imports. Inventories were large enough to top consumption before farmers even started gathering this year’s crop in September. The overhang prompted growers and processors to vote in favor of the disposal program at a biannual meeting of the Cranberry Marketing Committee in August. The US Department of Agriculture could approve the proposal this week. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


    Meg Whitman steps down as Hewlett Packard CEO

    Meg Whitman is stepping down as the CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She’ll be replaced by Antonio Neri, the company’s president. Whitman became CEO of the former Hewlett-Packard Co. in 2011. That company split into two in 2015, with Whitman taking helm of HPE, which is focused on selling data-center hardware and other commercial tech gear to other big organizations. Both Whitman and Neri will serve on the company’s board. The company didn’t say what Whitman’s next plans were. Whitman was in the running to replace Travis Kalanick as the CEO of ride-hailing app Uber but job went to Dara Khosrowshahi in August. HPE’s stock dropped 7 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday following the announcement. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


    Group sues Hulu to force it to provide audio for the visually impaired

    Advocacy groups have sued Hulu in an effort to force the subscription streaming service to provide an audio track that helps people who are blind and visually impaired enjoy TV shows and movies. The federal lawsuit filed in Boston on Monday accuses Hulu of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act for failing to make its services accessible to blind customers. Audio tracks provide descriptions of a scenes, facial expressions, or actions. The lawsuit also seeks to make Hulu’s website and applications accessible to people who use screen readers. The lawsuit was filed by advocacy groups and a blind couple. Netflix already provides audio description for most its original titles and some other TV shows and movies. A Hulu spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail Tuesday. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


    Iranian hacker charged in HBO breach that exposed ‘Game of Thrones’ script


    US officials are charging an Iranian hacker in the theft of 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO in May, an attack that tormented network executives and included the release of several unaired programs and scripts. Behzad Mesri, who went by the pseudonym of “Skote Vahshat,” was charged with computer fraud, wire fraud, extortion, and identity theft, according to an indictment filed Tuesday in US District Court in New York City. But he remains in Iran, and officials acknowledged that it would be difficult to detain him. Mesri “had worked on behalf of the Iranian military to conduct computer network attacks that targeted military systems, nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure,” the indictment said, but it did not suggest that the hacking was sanctioned by the state. He was also part of a hacking group known as the Turk Black Hat Security team. He was accused of trying to extort $6 million worth of Bitcoin from HBO in July, the indictment said. From May to August, the data theft proved a nightmare for HBO. The hacker gradually released stolen materials on the Internet, including unaired episodes of “Ballers,” “Barry,” “Room 104,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “The Deuce.” The hacker also released the script of an episode of “Game of Thrones” that had not yet been broadcast. — NEW YORK TIMES


    Dish customers face Thanksgiving without pro football

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    Dish Network Corp. subscribers face a Thanksgiving weekend without CBS shows including football matchups like the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys versus Los Angeles Chargers after the network’s programming was pulled from the service over a fee dispute. At midnight Monday, CBS and local stations in 18 cities were discontinued, according to the companies. CBS called the move another example of Dish punishing customers instead of negotiating a new contract. Dish said it is “regrettable and unnecessary that CBS is bringing its greed in to the homes of millions of families this Thanksgiving.” Blackouts and the threat of blackouts have increased as media companies and pay-TV providers get squeezed by new players and tussle over monthly subscriber revenue. Dish has lost 468,000 TV subscribers this year as people switch to streaming options like Netflix. CBS has fared better, with revenue up 1.3 percent as fees from viewers and deals to license programs have more than countered falling audience ratings and ad sales. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


    McDonald’s to demolish replica of first restaurant

    McDonald’s Corp. has announced it will demolish a suburban Chicago museum that’s a replica of the hamburger chain’s first restaurant. Ray Kroc built his first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, after franchising the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald. The Chicago Tribune reports the store was torn down in 1984. McDonald’s Store No. 1 Museum opened the next year, with the original restaurant’s sign out front. In a statement, McDonald’s says tourist numbers have declined due to repeated flooding of the site since 2008. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


    Home sales strong in October

    Americans bought more homes last month, as sales snapped back in hurricane-hit Texas and Florida. Yet the market is still suffering from a dwindling supply of available homes. Sales rose 2 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.48 million, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. That’s the fastest pace since June. Still, sales have slipped 0.9 percent from a year ago. The number of available homes has fallen 10.4 percent from a year earlier to just 1.8 million. That’s the lowest for any October since the Realtors began tracking the data in 1999. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


    Ikea relaunches recall of chests and dressers

    Ikea relaunched a recall of 17.3 million chests and dressers Tuesday after the death of an eighth child. CEO Lars Petersson said Ikea wants to increase awareness of the recall campaign for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not properly anchored to a wall. The death of a California toddler, who was found trapped underneath an Ikea Malm dresser in May, has raised questions about whether Ikea has effectively spread the word about the recall, which was first announced in June 2016. The Swedish retailer and the federal safety regulators are asking customers to take immediate action to secure the dressers, or to return them. Petersson said Ikea has had an ‘‘extensive communication’’ campaign through social media, its website, and television and print ads. The company e-mailed 13 million people about the recall two months ago, he said. Still, he said heightening awareness of the recall is necessary ‘‘because we think that it’s so important to reach as many people as possible.’’ — ASSOCIATED PRESS