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Unemployment Falls To Lowest Rate In Four Years

The stock market moved higher Friday on a jobs report that came in stronger than expected. Employers added 146,000 jobs to payrolls in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent.
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Winning Ticket Submitted For Second Half Of Powerball Jackpot

Arizona Lottery officials tell the AP that the ticket is held by a family, and that the winners will be identified sometime next week. The Nov. 28 drawing, for a Powerball-record $587.5 million, produced two winning tickets: one in Arizona, and one in Missouri.
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Supreme Court To Take On Gay Marriage In Two Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will tackle the issue of same-sex marriage. Defying most expectations, the justices said they will examine two cases, presenting the possibility that the court could decide the issues surrounding same sex marriage in one fell swoop.
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Supreme Court Will Review Two Gay Marriage Cases In 2013

Justices on the nation's highest court announce they will take up cases involving California's Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage, and a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. Analysts say the court might confine itself to determining jurisdiction, not the merits of the cases' claims.
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Black, Latino Groups: It's Our Turn, Mr. President

After lifting President Obama to re-election, African-American and Hispanic advocacy groups want him to champion initiatives that will specifically benefit minorities.
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What Rep. Allen West & Obama Have In Common

Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar open up the listener inbox for BackTalk. This week, they fact check a comment Representative Allen West made on the program, comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln. But West is not the only politician who has done that.
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Manhood, Football And Tragedy

Funeral services were held for Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins this week. Belcher fatally shot Perkins before killing himself in front of his coach. The Barbershop guys weigh in on the tragedy and whether it says something larger about the culture of professional sports.
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Gay Orthodox Jews Prepare For Hanukkah

Jewish families will gather this Saturday night to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah. Host Michel Martin takes a look at some of the not-so-typical families who are changing the face of Judaism. She speaks with Rabbi Steven Greenberg, one of the pioneers of a growing movement of openly gay Orthodox Jews.
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Crunching The Job Numbers

Host Michel Martin is joined by NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax to look at the latest jobs numbers. They talk about why businesses big and small aren't ready to make major hiring decisions yet — and whether that will change if politicians avert the so-called 'fiscal cliff.'

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