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Persistence, Bribes Got Wal-Mart Into Mexican Town

Wal-Mart has expanded rapidly in Mexico. A report this week delves into how corruption played out in a town, where Wal-Mart was determined to build a supermarket near some ancient pyramids. Steve Inskeep talks to David Barstow, of The New York Times, about his continuing investigation into Wal-Mart's troubling business practices in Mexico.
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Donations Must Be Made By Dec. 31 For 2012 Taxes

This time of year, appeals from charities can pile up in mailboxes. As part of the 12 Days of Tax Deductions, Morning Edition examines the charitable contribution deduction.
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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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