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Federal Government Prepares For Uncertain Landing After 'Fiscal Cliff'

If Congress and the president can't reach a deal, budget cuts will go into effect next week. But most agencies won't be hit right away. The biggest planning headaches seem to be for payroll companies and others who deal with taxes — as they wait to see if automatic increases happen Jan. 1.
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Shootings Leave Sandy Hook Survivors Rethinking The Odds

The probability that an individual will experience a school shooting may be low. But when the improbable happens to you, where do you find comfort?
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Libraries And E-Lending: The 'Wild West' Of Digital Licensing?

About three-quarters of public libraries offer e-books, according to the American Library Association. But finding the book you want to read can be a challenge when every publisher has its own licensing rules for libraries — and several major houses don't sell e-books to libraries at all.
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Ski Resort Makes Snow With Treated Wastewater, After A Long Dispute

An Arizona ski resort is making snow for the first time this year, ending more than seven years' worth of legal battles over its snowmaking system, which relies entirely upon treated wastewater to coat its slopes when the snowfall has been uneven.
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Orphans In Middle Of Russian Political Dispute With U.S.

U.S. adoption advocacy groups are appealing to Russian President Vladimir Putin not to sign a law that would bar adoptions by Americans. More than 60,000 Russians have been adopted by Americans over the last two decades, and more than a thousand are now in the process of being adopted. Russian lawmakers proposed the ban to retaliate over a measure by the U.S. Congress to impose visa bans on Russians accused of human rights violations.
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EPA Chief Announces Resignation

After a rough and tumble four years, Lisa Jackson announced Thursday that she is stepping down as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
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With Fiscal Cliff Looming, Washington Scrambles For Deal

Audie Cornish talks with NPR's David Welna about the latest on negations to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.
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Florida Becomes No. 1 In Concealed Weapons Permits

Florida has hit a milestone: It has become the first state to issue 1 million concealed weapons permits. Some Florida officials say that's a testament to an efficient process and Floridians' love of the Second Amendment. Others say the law is too lax and an invitation to violence.

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