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Services Offer A Means To Foil Widespread 'Elder Fraud'

The holidays are a time for giving — and for scams that prey on altruism, particularly among older adults. But several products on the market are designed to help fight fraud that targets seniors.
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What You Need To Know About Subprime Lending For Smartphones

A new startup focuses on offering loans for the purchase of top-of-the-line smartphones. But what seem like deals come with hefty markups.
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Lengthy, Widespread Internet Outage Reported In North Korea

It comes days after President Obama pledged a "proportional response" to the communist country's alleged hacking of Sony Pictures. It's unclear what caused the outage.
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Jailed Cuban Spy's Wife Is Pregnant — With A Little Help From The U.S.

The U.S. helped Gerardo Hernandez and his wife conceive through artificial insemination while he was in prison for spying. Hernandez was released last week as part of a prisoner swap.
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A Very Code Switch Christmas TV Special

It's that time around Christmas, when all we can see are a handful of stories on our TV screens. Frosty, and Charlie, and Ralphie, and Kevin, but there's not too much brown in this mostly white canon.
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Was Sony Pictures Hack 'Cyber Vandalism' Or Something More?

President Obama to called the Sony Pictures hack as an act of "cyber vandalism." Robert Siegel talks to Alan Friedman, co-author of the book, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, about that decision.
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Mayor De Blasio Takes Heat As City Mourns Slain Police Officers

On Monday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke to an audience of police officers for the first time since the head of the city's largest police union said de Blasio had "blood on his hands" for the recent killing of two police officers.
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Obama Considers Listing North Korea A 'Sponsor Of Terrorism' After Sony Hack

The Obama administration is weighing options for a response to North Korea's alleged cyber attack on Sony Pictures. The move comes after the FBI said it had evidence the Pyongyang government was involved.
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Groups Warn Of Dangers With Funding Of Universities By Koch Brothers

In addition to famously subsidizing political campaigns, the Koch brothers also pour millions a year into think tanks and universities. Some warn that the funding can come with conditions that threaten academic freedom.
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How A Cuban Spy Had A Baby While Imprisoned

Sperm from a member of the Cuban Five was delivered to Havana so the prisoner's wife could be artificially inseminated. Host Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Scott Horsley about the Senate staffer who made the delivery.

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