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'Orange County Register' Presses Hum With Optimism

The suburban Los Angeles paper is expanding its newsroom and emphasizing print over digital. Trying to dig the Register out of a financial hole, the new owners see promise in an expanded print edition with more color and more content.
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Everyone Chip In, Please: Crowdfunding Sandy

Crowdfunding is a simple way for anyone to ask for money online from friends, family and even strangers. One woman raised $10,000 to help her neighbors affected by Hurricane Sandy. She's been hand-delivering checks to owners of damaged businesses and people who just need the extra lift.
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Obama, Boehner Meet At White House Over 'Fiscal Cliff'

The closed-door meeting between the two men may be the first positive signs in days that negotiations may be moving forward. Meanwhile, a top Republican said Senate Republicans could agree to higher taxes on the richest Americans if it meant getting a chance to overhaul entitlement programs.
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Baltimore Says, 'Immigrants Welcome'

Baltimore's population has been declining for decades. Now the city is reaching beyond its borders for growth, courting immigrants with new programs and laws. The big question: Will it work?

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Ill. Considers Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

Bipartisan support in the Illinois Senate helped pass legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses. But critics say granting driving rights to people in the country illegally is putting the cart before the horse.
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American Doctor Rescued From Captors In Afghanistan

U.S. forces rescued Dr. Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was kidnapped Dec. 5 along with two other aid workers outside Kabul. All three worked for Morning Star Development, a Colorado-based nonprofit. His associated were freed Saturday.

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