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Obama To Focus On Job Creation, Economic Growth In State Of The Union

Melissa Block talks to Mara Liasson about what President Obama might address in his State of the Union speech.
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Congressman Returning After 33 Years Says Congress Works And Cooperates Less Now

U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan of Minnesota returned to Congress after more than 30 years away. He talks to Robert Siegel about what's changed.
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Obama To Announce Withdrawal Of 34,000 U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

There were several key developments involving the U.S. military on Tuesday. President Obama was expected to announce in his State of the Union address that the U.S. will bring home 34,000 troops from Afghanistan by this time next year. That will cut the force in half. The Joint Chiefs of Staff also testified before Congress about where they would have to cut the force if across-the-board budget cuts, called sequestration, go into effect. Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman talks to Melissa Block about the latest developments.
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New York City Ends 30 Year Experiment With 'Don't Honk' Signs

By the end of the year, New York City will remove all of the "Don't Honk" signs from city streets. Transportation officials say the signs are contributing to visual clutter. But critics say the city is tacitly admitting defeat in the war on noise.
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Cost Of Medical Procedures Varies Widely Across U.S.

Across the country, the price of a gallon of milk from market to market is fairly constant. The same goes for cars and most other consumer products. But what about medical procedures? A team out of the University of Iowa called 120 hospitals across the country to compare the cost of a hip replacement paid out of pocket — and found wild variation in price. Robert Siegel talks with two members of the research team, Peter Cram and Jamie Rosenthal, about their findings.
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Fugitive Ex-LAPD Cop Reportedly Exchanges Gunfire With Officers Near Big Bear

Kirk Siegler talks to Robert Siegel for an update on the search for former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner. While police have followed up on hundreds of potential tips from the public, court documents indicate that Dorner may have had help. Police officers reportedly exchanged gun fire with him near Big Bear Lake, Calif., on Tuesday afternoon.

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