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U.S. Murder Rate Declines, But Chicago's Goes Up

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson and Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here, about the jump in the 2012 Chicago homicide rate, and what it means for the nationwide rate.
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Notre Dame, 'Bama To Meet In BSC Championship Game

Alabama is trying to win its third title in four years Monday night. Notre Dame is trying to cap an undefeated season with a championship win.
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Colo. Task Force Navigates New Pot Rules

Recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado after voters approved it last November. But there are still no rules on where or how to buy it. That's just one of the many issues facing a task force in the state.
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Ohio Rape Allegations Spread Through Social Media

More than a thousand protesters turned up in the Ohio River town of Steubenville over the weekend, spurred by a blogging and Twitter campaign that's focused on rape allegations involving high-school football players. Social media has taken the case well beyond the small eastern Ohio town, sparking international tension.
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Starbucks Joins Designer Trend With Rodarte Collaboration

The coffee giant recently partnered with the Rodarte fashion house to offer a holiday collection. It's the latest example of high-end designers teaming up with mass-market retailers to make money while showing their work to a broader audience.
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iPads, China: Twin Threats To Wisconsin's Paper Industry

The paper industry once employed thousands of people across the state. Now, mills are closing. John Schmid of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on the state of the industry in Wisconsin as well as in China. He explains how the state is losing a publishing-grade paper mill each year.
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GOP Senators Warn Of Tough Road For Hagel Nomination

President Obama will on Monday name former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel to be his next defense secretary, an administration official confirmed to NPR. Hagel's past comments on Iran, Israel and gays have come under scrutiny.
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Former Sen. Scott Brown May Be Eyeing Quick Return To Washington

The Massachusetts Republican left Congress this week after losing in a contentious race to Democrat Elizabeth Warren. But if John Kerry is confirmed as the next secretary of state, Scott Brown could be back on the campaign trail in weeks.

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