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More Gun Violence In Aurora On Eve Of Suspected Theater Shooter's Court Date

Four people are dead inside an Aurora, Colo., home Saturday following a standoff with an "armed and dangerous" man holding hostages, police say. Aurora is the Denver suburb where a gunman opened fire in a movie theater last July, killing 12 and injuring many more.
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NFL Weekend Playoffs: Wildcard Games, Dynamic Quarterbacks And A Loser

Four NFL wildcard playoff games are on this weekend, including Sunday's anticipated quarterback matchup between Washington and Seattle; while our observer ponders the fate of the Indianapolis Colts.
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Pioneering N.H. Senator Looks Ahead To Next Term

Linda Wertheimer speaks with freshman Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire about the challenges facing the 113th Congress. Shaheen is a former governor of New Hampshire and a part of the state's new all-female delegation to Congress.
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Mississippi's Low Water Levels Could Bar Barges

Barge traffic on the Mississippi River could grind to a halt in the next few days. Water levels on the nation's largest waterway are very low in certain parts of the river because of the most severe drought in decades. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks to Mark Fletcher of Ceres Barge Line about how the shipping industry is coping with the lack of rain.
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'The King Years': An Intersection Of Race And Politics

President Obama will be publicly sworn in for a second term on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a notable confluence of events. Historian Taylor Branch joins guest host Linda Wertheimer to talk about race and democracy, past and present. Branch's new book is The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement.
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NFL Playoffs Kick Off In A Season Of Rookies

The NFL playoffs get underway this weekend with four wildcard games. Three rookie quarterbacks are leading teams into the playoffs, and Baltimore Raven veteran Ray Lewis plays his last home game. Monday, Notre Dame faces Alabama in the college national championship game. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Howard Bryant of ESPN about these crucial games.
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Illinois Claws At Mountain Of Unfunded Pension Liability

The state has the largest pension-fund shortfall in the nation, with about $96 billion of liability. Lawmakers are running up against a tight deadline: A new Legislature will be sworn in next week. State employees swarmed the Capitol this week to protest the underfunding of their pensions, as well as pending legislation on the issue.
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Diminishing Prospects For The Long-Term Unemployed

Friday's jobs report showed moderate growth, but much remains the same for people who have been out of work for months. As the job market itself changes, some of the longer-term unemployed can be among the last to get hired because of a real or perceived lack of skills.

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