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Where Do 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks Stand?

Optimists in Washington believe the end-game has begun in negotiations to avoid the spending cuts and tax hikes scheduled to take affect on Jan. 1. The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on House Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B."
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Dentist Bribes Young People To Come In For Cleanings

A dentist in Sweden is offering $45 gift cards to give to 20-somethings who stop coming in for cleanings once they live on their own.
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Toyota Camry, Prius Downgraded On Crash List

Toyota's 2013 Camry received a crash-test rating of "poor" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This is a big change from last year when the 2012 model received top marks from the group. This time the organization implemented a more stringent frontal crash test. Toyota's 2013 V was also scored as "poor."
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Obama Urges Swift Action On Gun Issues

President Obama is hoping to seize on public anguish over the Connecticut school shooting to make gun violence a front-burner issue in Washington. At a White House news conference Wednesday, the president made clear it's not just the headline-grabbing mass murders he's worried about.
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UBS To Pay $1.5 Billion In Fines Over Libor Scandal

The Swiss bank UBS has agreed to pay $1.5 billion in fines in multiple countries to settle allegations of manipulating the London interbank offered rate and other benchmark interest rates.
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Without Magic, Santa Would Need 12 Million Employees

How do you deliver presents to 760 million children in one night? Experts at FedEx and UPS talk us through the numbers.
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Why Not Go Over The Fiscal Cliff?

The White House is promising to veto a new tax proposal from House Speaker John Boehner. But who's bluffing and what's believable when it comes to fiscal negotiations? And what happens if talks break down? For Tell Me More's 'Why Not?' series, host Michel Martin takes a look at what might be on the other side of the fiscal cliff.

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