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Long-Term Unemployment Benefits To Expire On Saturday

The holiday season will come to an abrupt end for people who have been unemployed for more than six months. Federal long-term unemployment benefits didn't make it through this month's budget negotiations, and are set to expire on Saturday.

How Consumers Can Guard Against Credit Card Fraud

Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to Chi Chi Wu, an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, about how consumers can better protect themselves against credit and debt card fraud.

Strategist Kilcullen: Warfare Is Changing In 3 Ways

In these last days of the year, Morning Edition is having conversations that look ahead. Co-host Steve Inskeep talks to David Kilcullen, who spent 22 years in the Australian amy and advised U.S. Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq, about how warfare is different than it used to be.

Obama's Position On Free Trade Marks Subtle Evolution

Two decades after NAFTA created a giant North American free trade zone, the U.S. is negotiating more big trade deals that would span the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. President Obama has embraced the potential agreements as a way to improve the U.S. economy.

Cars Are Next Frontier For Sharing Services

Two 19-year-olds from New Jersey noticed all of the cars in long-term parking at the airport. They had an idea: Why not rent them out? They raised $6 million in venture capital funding for their company FlightCar.

NBA Trailblazers Continue Their Surprising Season

With the NBA season a third of the way through, the Portland Trailblazers are having a very good year. But they'll be tested when they meet defending champions the Miami Heat on Saturday.

Interest Rates Move Higher On Signs Of Improving Economy

Long-term interest rates are ticking higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond hit 3 percent Thursday. After a long period of extraordinarily low rates, analysts say the improving economy and a slightly less accommodating Fed will combine to make borrowing a bit more expensive.

Recalling His Inspiration, A Neurosurgeon Thanks A Teacher

As a middle-school student in the '80s, Lee Buono stayed after school one day to remove the brain and spinal cord from a frog. He did such a good job that his science teacher told him he might become a neurosurgeon someday. That's exactly what Buono did.

Marines: Most Female Recruits Don't Meet New Pullup Standard

Women are supposed to do three pullups, part of the new physical test intended to determine whether women are ready for ground combat. The pullup test has been put on hold because most female recruits have been unable to meet the standard.

The Number 6 Says It All About The Rollout

Just six people managed to sign up for health insurance through the federal website the day it opened for business. The numbers are better now, but the botched rollout may have not only inconvenienced people, but also permanently changed people's perceptions of the Affordable Care Act.