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How To Protect Yourself And Your Data After Target Hacker Breach

It was reported that some 40 million people may have been victims of a hacking spree at Target recently. What should people who may have been in that group do now to protect themselves and their accounts? Robert Siegel speaks with Mark Rasch, a security expert and former Department of Justice cyber crime prosecutor, for more advice for those who may have been affected.
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Insurers Dismayed Over Obamacare Rule Changes

At the last minute, the Obama administration gave consumers more time to sign up for health insurance starting Jan. 1. People will now have until the end of Christmas Eve, giving them an additional day. The administration hopes a late surge of enrollments will boost numbers, which have lagged far behind expectations. The insurance industry is hoping the same thing. But it is also expressing dismay over recent changes to the law that allow some people to opt out of the individual mandate or purchase plans otherwise prohibited under the law.
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1.3 Million Americans Prepare For Life After Unemployment Checks

Unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans expire this Saturday. Congress refused to approve another extension of benefits for the long term unemployed before the end of the year. Illinois could be one of the state's most affected, as it's 8.7 percent unemployment rate is well above the national average. For two of the state's long-term unemployed, the abrupt end of unemployment benefits will have a big effect.
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A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed

The creation of America's central bank includes a bunch of bankers locked in a private library and a secret trip to a place called Jekyll Island.
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Could Big Batteries Be Big Business In California?

Unless the erratic bursts of energy generated on a windy or sunny day can be stored and later measured out in an even way, these renewable sources of power can't be counted on to stabilize the electrical grid. Several battery-making startups hope to help — and reduce electric bills.
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Colorado Takes Health Plans To People Shopping For Groceries

TV ads and websites are all well and good, but Colorado is finding that face-to-face help from a live person is often the best way to reach the uninsured and sign them up for a health plan. Still, it isn't easy, and takes time and money.
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After Target's Data Breach, Customer Incentive Disappoints

Target is trying to get back in good graces with its customers after a massive data breach affecting some 40 million credit and debit account holders. The giant retail chain offered its customers a 10 percent discount over the weekend as an act of atonement, but business was said to be down anyway.
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In The World Of Pinball, An Underdog Takes On The Giant

For more than a decade, Stern Pinball was the only company manufacturing pinball machines. A New Jersey startup company is trying to shake up that monopoly. But with decreased demand for the games, it's unclear whether the pinball industry is big enough for two.
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Shark Attacks And Economic Growth: A Correlation Theory

In studying the connection between economics and yearly trends in what he calls "shark-human interactions," shark attack expert George Burgess spotted a pattern. NPR's Rachel Martin asks Burgess about going to the beach.
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Flying This Holiday? Here Are A Few Tips To Survive Airline Food

It's not just lack of quality or freshness that can put a damper on your in-flight meal: Our senses are scrambled at high altitudes. Those sweet and salty sensors might be off as much as 30 percent while in flight.

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