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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

President Obama announces his choices for key second-term positions. Vice President Biden meets with gun control advocates and the NRA. And new mortgage rules target risky lending. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Mississippi Blues: When The River Doesn't Run

The drought that damaged crops in the Midwest last summer has brought the water level to historically low levels. Now barge traffic along a vital stretch of the Mississippi is dangerously close to running dry, putting shipping and jobs at risk.
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Crazy Or Canny? Talk Grows About $1 Trillion Platinum Coin

In theory, some say, President Obama could have a $1 trillion coin made and that would head off the next big battle over the federal government's debt ceiling.
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Wanted: Water Slide Tester

Are you comfortable in swimwear? Happy to get wet at work? And mad about waterparks? Then this job is for you.
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China Investigates Foxconn For Bribery Allegations

Taiwan technology giant Foxconn said it is under investigation by Chinese authorities. It is also conducting its own probe into allegations that some of its managers had solicited bribes from suppliers.
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Study: Music Affects Driver Safety

A new study finds that the music you listen to can affect how safely you drive. Researchers at London Metropolitan University studied how drivers reacted to different playlists over 500 miles. Some of the "safest" music included tunes by Norah Jones and Elton John.
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Obama To Nominate Jack Lew As Head Of Treasury

President Obama will nominate his Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be the next Treasury Secretary. Lew is a budget expert who could hit the ground running as the treasury tries to cope with a looming debt ceiling, automatic spending cuts and the ongoing push for long-term deficit reduction.

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