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Supercommittee Unlikely To Make Deadline

Failure of the supercommittee to find the $1.2 trillion in cuts it was charged to identify are expected to trigger automatic budget cuts that start in 2013. Meanwhile, many in Congress assumed the group would include in its bill extensions of a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits — both of which will expire at the end of December unless Congress acts to extend them. NPR's Tamara Keith speaks to Robert Siegel with the latest from Capitol Hill.
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U.C. Davis Police Chief, Officers Placed On Leave

The fallout continues at University of California, Davis, after police pepper-sprayed student protesters late last week. The officers have been placed on leave, and officials are promising an investigation.
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'Boring' Rajoy Picked To Save Spain From Default

The mountain of debt accumulated by Greece and Italy crushed those countries' prime ministers. Spain, too, is ushering in new leadership after Sunday's parliamentary elections. Spaniard Jorge Belena says, "All politicians are very boring," but incoming Prime Minister Mariano Rajo is "especially boring."
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Timeline: The 100-Year History Of The Electric Car

The electric car was just as popular as its gasoline counterpart when it first went into production around the turn of the 20th century. But with the advent of highways, people wanted to go farther than their battery life allowed. Today's electric cars face similar challenges.
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Why A New York Cheese Buyer Hangs On The Euro's Fate

Most of the cheese at Murray's Cheese Shop comes from Europe. And the cheese buyer's bonus hinges on the future of the euro.
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Can Electric Cars Help Automakers Reach 55 MPG?

Fuel-economy standards are set to double by 2025. Electric cars could help reach that goal, but consumers just aren't buying them on a large scale. Beloved by niche markets, the cars face similar challenges as when they first appeared over 100 years ago: a higher price than gas cars and concerns over battery life.
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Small Businesses Feel Crunch Of Italy's Debt Woes

The financial markets will be keeping an eye on Italy this week. The country is plagued by high debt and rising interest rates, and the new government faces steep fiscal challenges. Italy is a country of small and medium-sized businesses, and the debt crisis is making it much tougher for them to hang on.

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