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Apple Unveils Pencil-Thin iPad Mini

Apple unveiled its iPad Mini on Tuesday. This smaller tablet is set to compete against the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7. Apple's other product announcements, about notebook and desktop computers, demonstrate the company's technical innovation on many platforms.
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Food For Hobbit Fans: Frodo's Roast, Smaug's Delight

Thanks to the success of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, lots of people now know about the indulgent eating habits of Hobbits. And as the Lord of the Rings prequel movie, The Hobbit, comes out in December, restaurants that think they see some kindred spirits among their customers are serving up special menus.
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U.S. Closing In On Saudi Arabia's Oil Production

The AP reports new drilling methods have boosted U.S. oil production 7 percent this year. And next year, the Energy Department sees American output falling just shy of Saudi Arabia's 11.6 million barrels per day. Industry analysts predict that by 2020, North America could be "the new Middle East."
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Resorts Try To Lure Skiers Back After Last Year's Bust

There's a palpable anxiety in mountain resort towns this fall. After last season's abysmal skiing and snowboarding revenues, these towns are counting on heavy snow this year to make up for the loss. Now, analysts say without early snow, resorts may suffer a "hangover" from last year's disappointment. Luke Runyon reports for Aspen Public Radio.
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Google's Street View Goes Into The Wild

Google is doing for the backcountry what it has done for cities and towns — making digital maps that can be accessed on the go. Will it change the experience of the wilderness? NPR's Steve Henn travels to the Grand Canyon as Google engineers make their first trip with the Street View Trekker.

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