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Early Receipts Indicate A Happier Holiday Season

The nation's retailers are hoping consumers open their wallets and spend this holiday shopping season. Amid all the worries about the economy and high unemployment, there are some early indications that this year might be slightly better than last. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports.
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Retailers Fight 'Flash Robs'

A new kind of shoplifting has hit stores in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. "Flash robs" occur when a group of people organized over social media steal by mobbing a store. Police are advising store employees not to try and stop the robbers, and to take steps to make the quick removal of items difficult.
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Hostility Meets Many Babies On A Plane

Delta and Southwest are among the more child-friendly airlines, Scott McCartney, travel editor and "Middle Seat" columnist for the Wall Street Journal, tells Guy Raz. But as airlines face growing financial challenges, families flying with small children are seeing even more aggravation and fewer amenities than regular customers.
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With The Flick Of A Switch, It's Crystal Clear To Hear

For people with hearing loss, trying to hear in noisy places like airports and theaters, can be tough. But advocates are spreading word of not-so-new technology that allows sound from loudspeakers to be transmitted directly to hearing aids, cutting through the background noise.
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Thai Floods Disrupt Computer Hard Drive Supply

Before you go shopping for a new computer this weekend consider this: Hard drive prices are going up. It's the result of the floods in Thailand, which produces about 45 percent of the world's hard drives. Many Thai factories have been crippled by the natural disaster.
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Were Did The Term Black Friday Originate?

Language guru Ben Zimmer has tracked down what he believes to be the source of the phrase. He writes that the term actually originated in the 1960s in Philadelphia. Traffic was so bad the day after Thanksgiving that police officers had to work 12-hour shifts. So they gave the day a negative — and memorable — name.

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