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Landlines, It Turns Out, Aren't Vanishing Everywhere

The number of landlines grew in about two dozen countries, but their growth was explosive in Cambodia, Cameroon and Kiribati, countries that until recently had poor infrastructure. Still, as expected, cellphone numbers were even more impressive.
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Economic Recovery: Women Bouncing Back Quicker Than Men?

New figures show women have more jobs in the U.S. than ever before - but men are still struggling to pull out of the recession. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax, and Ariane Hegewisch from the Institute for Women's Policy Research.
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March Of The Indies: The Punk Rockers Of Video Games

Video games are increasingly seen as a deep, artistic medium, as much as a form of entertainment. But behind the big-budget behemoths of the video game industry sits the growing and expanding market of independent video games. These are games created by small teams and even solo developers.
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Anticipated China Announcement Fuels Certain Stocks

The Chinese government announced last week that soon families will be permitted to have two children — if one of the parents is an only child. They haven't announced when that policy change will occur. Still, on Asian markets, stock prices of baby formula, diaper and stroller companies all soared on Monday in anticipation.
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JPMorgan, DOJ Expected To Settle Over Mortgage Abuses

The Justice Department is said to be announcing on Tuesday a $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase. The deal centers on mortgage securities issued in the run-up to the financial crisis.
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Bitcoin Hits Record High After Senate Panel Told It's Legal

The cyber-currency was at the center of a Senate panel hearing Monday. Senators are looking into the way Bitcoin was used by the illegal drug marketplace that called itself Silk Road. But even with the scrutiny, Bitcoin investors drove the virtual currency to record highs.
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The Surprising Cultural Stamina Of Pokemon

Fifteen years ago, pocket-sized characters known as Pokemon arrived on American shores from Japan. The cute creatures were suddenly everywhere: television, video games, card games and a movie. But few people imagined that in 2013, the franchise would still be going strong.
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'You Just Get Used To It': An LA Commuter's Diary

About 10 percent of working Americans carpool to work. For two years, Neville Amaria was one of them. He spent two to three hours a day in the car with as many as four co-workers squeezed in alongside him. Now his office has moved closer to home. Here's an audio diary from the last morning of his carpool.
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Ohio Wal-Mart Runs Thanksgiving Food Drive For Employees

Critics say it proves the Arkansas-based retailer doesn't pay enough, but the company says it's just proof that workers care about each other.
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Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline?

The U.S. landline network was once the best in the world. But these days, phone companies see them as a burden, an old technology too expensive to maintain. AT&T wants to start replacing the system with cheaper options. Some call it a hasty abandonment of the tried-and-true traditional network.

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