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  • 11:50pm Dec 07, 2012
    National National

    Unemployment Falls To Lowest Rate In Four Years

    The stock market moved higher Friday on a jobs report that came in stronger than expected. Employers added 146,000 jobs to payrolls in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent.
  • 1:03pm Dec 07, 2012
    National National Science Health & Safety

    'Escape Fire' Exposes Flaws Of American Healthcare

    In Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare", director Matthew Heineman exposes what he sees as flaws in the U.S. healthcare system, such as a doctor who can spend just minutes with her patients to a soldier addicted to painkillers. Colonel Chester 'Trip' Buckenmaier III, of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, describes the military's efforts to swap pain pills for alternative therapies, like acupuncture and yoga.
  • 9:56am Dec 07, 2012
    National National Politics & Government

    Tea Party May Be Losing Steam, But Issues Still Boil

    While the movement loses popularity nationwide, it's still a force in the GOP. When it comes to fiscal cliff negotiations, however, Tea Party members in Congress seem resigned to the fact that any eventual deal will be one they won't like. That doesn't mean the Tea Party spirit can't be recharged.
  • Camden City Police Chief Scott Thomson says he has shooting investigations "backlogging like burglary cases." Half of his force was laid off last year, and the city says expensive benefits in the police union contract are preventing them from hiring more
    Alisa Chang / NPR
    7:54pm Dec 06, 2012
    National National Economy

    Crime-Ridden Camden To Dump City Police Force

    Already this year, the New Jersey city has surpassed its previous record for murders. But despite the high crime rate, the city is laying off its police force. City officials, who say the unionized police force has too many perks, are now turning to the county to provide a larger and cheaper force. Critics say the move is a strategy to bust the union.
  • 6:40pm Dec 06, 2012
    National National

    Mich. Approves 'Right To Work' Bill As Dems Walk Out

    Michigan's state house has voted to approve a "right-to-work" bill that would weaken the power of labor unions. Democrats walked out in protest. Audie Cornish talks to Rick Pluta of Michigan Public Radio.
  • Spelman College has dropped NCAA athletics in favor of a comprehensive fitness program. The school now offers classes like Zumba to help encourage all students to exercise more.
    Courtesy of Spelman College
    6:40pm Dec 06, 2012
    Sports Sports National Health & Safety Education

    To Trim Down, Spelman Trades Sports For Fitness

    Officials at Spelman College, a historically black women's college in Atlanta, have decided to scrap the school's NCAA program. With few students participating in organized sports, the college has decided to devote those funds to a fitness program designed to reach the entire student body.
  • Atlantic City's boardwalk, with its shops, restaurants, casinos and hotels, was mostly protected during Hurricane Sandy by a dune restoration project. But TV images of one small section that was damaged gave the impression that the whole thing was destroy
    David Schaper/NPR
    4:24pm Dec 06, 2012
    National National

    Post-Sandy: Atlantic City Wants Its Tourists Back

    A month after Hurricane Sandy pounded the New Jersey Shore, Atlantic City is back in business. Even though most of the casinos, restaurants and the famous boardwalk sustained very little damage in the storm, they're now suffering from a lack of visitors.
  • Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan testifies about the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
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    10:24am Dec 06, 2012
    National National Politics & Government

    White House To Seek Emergency Sandy Funds

    The Obama administration is expected to ask for $50 billion to $60 billion. Top administrators told Congress Wednesday that they want at least some of that money to go toward preventing the kind of devastation caused by Sandy and other recent storms.
  • 8:25pm Dec 05, 2012
    National National

    Texas Twang Fixin' To Ride Off Into The Sunset

    The way Texans speak, from using words like "y'all" to that old Texas twang, is iconic in American culture. But linguists say the twang is fading — and that, in a few decades, "talking Texan" may sound quite different than it does today.