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A Supreme Court Fight For The Rights Of (Frequent) Fliers

What rights do participants in an airline's frequent-flier plan have to their miles or points? That's the question before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, when the justices examine whether, and under what circumstances, frequent fliers can sue in these disputes.
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Illinois Lawmakers, Labor Spar Over How To Fix Gaping Pension Gap

Illinois lawmakers are expected to vote Tuesday on a deal to fix the state's estimated $100 billion pension debt. Many financial analysts say the Prairie State faces the worst public pension crisis in the nation.
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Ukranians Face Choice Between EU And Russia

Thousands of Ukrainian protesters blockaded government buildings in Kiev Monday seeking to oust President Viktor Yanukovich. Demonstrations over the weekend drew as many as 350,000 people in the largest rally since the Orange Revolution. The protests came after Yanukovich decided to abandon a trade deal with the European Union and instead seek closer ties with Russia. Robert Siegel talks to Steven Pifer, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, about the political landscape in the country and its relationship with Moscow.
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Investigation Of New York Train Derailment Continues

Transportation officials are investigating what caused a Metro-North Railroad passenger train to derail along the Hudson River in New York on Sunday morning. The crash left four dead and injured dozens more.
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How Technology And Hefty Subsidies Make U.S. Cotton King

NPR's Planet Money team is manufacturing its own T-shirt. More than 25,000 of the shirts were sold online. And then the team set out to follow the process around the globe. All this week, we'll hear the step-by-step journey of the Planet Money T-shirt. In this installment, a search for the place where the cotton was grown. Find out more about cotton and the Planet Money T-Shirt project here.
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HealthCare.gov Works Better But Problems Lurk Below The Surface

The administration says Healthcare.gov is now working for the vast majority of users. And as evidence of that improvement, it said that 375,000 visitors used the site on Monday before noon. But that doesn't mean that people who enroll on the site will actually have the insurance coverage they signed up for by Jan. 1. The back end of the system — where the website provides customer and subsidy information to insurers --is still riddled by delays.
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Retailers Expect $2 Billion In Cyber Monday Sales

It is Cyber Monday, the day that's become known for internet shopping deals. Online retailers are expected to set new records. Robert Siegel shares some of what's known about how things are going so far.
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In The Future, You Could Get Your Amazon Order Delivered By Drone

The online retailer Amazon made a big splash with its announcement of drone-delivered packages, even though the plan isn't fully ready for flight.
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NBC Will Go Live With 'The Sound Of Music'

The hills will be alive with The Sound of Music on NBC on Thursday night. Singer Carrie Underwood and Broadway heavy hitter Audra McDonald will star in a new production of the musical, which NBC will broadcast live. For more on why the network is staging this production, Robert Siegel talks to Brian Steinberg, a senior TV editor at Variety.
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More Violence In Thailand As Protesters, Government Deadlocked

Anti-government protesters in Thailand are said to be getting desperate. After eight days of large demonstrations in the capital Bangkok, including the blockade and occupation of government ministries, the two sides have reached deadlock. The governments policy of restraint has weakened public support for the protesters, but they are still demanding that the government be replaced by an un-elected council. Reporter Michael Sullivan joins Robert Siegel to talk about events there.

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