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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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'Tis The Season For Holiday Shopping

On this Black Friday, Linda Wertheimer talks to branding expert Martin Lindstrom about the psychology of sales and the array of techniques retailers use to get people to shop.
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Rhode Island Makes Big Changes To Pension System

Before Rhode Island's General Assembly passed dramatic changes to the pension system, the state had one of the most underfunded pensions in the country. Many of the state's unions aren't happy with the changes and are gearing up for a legal fight.
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How Private Is Your Email? It Depends

The law that governs the privacy of cloud computing was written 25 years ago, when the concept of storing emails and other data away from the personal computer wasn't the norm. Some big-name tech companies are asking Congress to step in and clarify Americans' online privacy rights.

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