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Smuggling In Southern California Up 30 Percent

A couple of high-profile incidents over the last week have increased attention on smuggling operations off the coast of California. Mexican cartels bring drugs and illegal immigrants up the coast of California in small fishing boats. Stiff border defenses are pushing the boats farther north.
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Future Of Retail May Involve Personalized Shopping

This week we are exploring the evolution of the American shopping experience. In the third installment in this series, Audie Cornish speaks with retail architect M.J. Munsell and retail consultant Bob Hetu about what shopping in the future will be like.
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Forget Horse Thieves, Now They're Stealing Hay

One of ranching's most basic materials is in high demand right now, and hay theft is on the rise. The summer's drought has decreased the supply of hay across much of the U.S. It's resulting in higher prices and hay banditry.
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New Logo At University Of California Causes Uproar

There is uproar over the newly designed logo for the University of California. Students and alumni around the state are up in arms, saying the new logo is ugly and simplistic and does not convey the heritage and prestige of the institution.
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Fiscal Cliff Cuts Could Hit Health Care Providers

The budget cuts set to take effect Jan. 1 were designed to be so draconian that they would force a long-term deal to trim the federal deficit. Scott Horsley talks to Robert Siegel about what budget cuts are likely to remain or be added in a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.
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Susan Rice Withdraws Name For Secretary Of State

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration for the Secretary of State job on Thursday. President Obama accepted her withdrawal and says she will continue in her role as U.N. ambassador.
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HSBC Critic: Too Big To Indict May Mean Too Big To Exist

The accusations against HSBC were harsh — that the bank laundered money for Mexican drug cartels and conducted transactions on behalf of Iran and other states tied to terrorism. So, why did federal authorities fine HSBC rather than pursue criminal charges?

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