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The popularity of many technologies is rooted in their ability to make our lives easier. A proliferation of apps, online services, gadgets and tools are now available to act as our virtual personal assistants. We find out how these existing technologies help us cross items ranging from grocery shopping to waiting for the cable guy off our to-do lists, and learn about devices bringing us closer to the promise of the 'Internet of Things.'

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An Updated 'Annie' And The Tradition Of Nontraditional Casting

As an African-American Annie arrives on movie screens, critic Bob Mondello looks at other cross-cultural reinventions, from Pearl Bailey's Dolly to the Americanization of Carmen as Carmen Jones.
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Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

For the Japanese, Christmastime means sponge cake. But a nationwide butter shortage has lead to mandatory butter rationing, forcing cake bakers to seek out substitutes.
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Hogan Cabinet Appointments Announced In Annapolis

Maryland governor-elect Larry Hogan will announce some of his cabinet appointments today, but there's no early indication which positions he will fill.

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Major Movie Theater Chains Drop 'The Interview' After Threats

Audie Cornish talks with LA Times Hollywood Editor Joe Bel Bruno about the latest surrounding hacker threats to Sony and theaters showing the film, The Interview.

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