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With Growth Of 'Hacker Scouting,' More Kids Learn To Tinker

With the rise of the do-it-yourself movement, more groups are springing up to encourage kids to link crafts and science. Modeled on more traditional Scouting groups, kids and their parents meet up in tool-filled "hacker spaces" to build electronics and get creative.

Despite Tragedy, Conn. Gun Seizure Law May Have Prevented Others

Since last week's shootings in Newtown, Conn., many people are wondering what could have been done to stop them. Connecticut already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, including a gun seizure statute that was crafted with the goal of preventing this kind of tragedy.

Near-Replica Of Sandy Hook Made Nearby For Students

The surviving students of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., won't be returning to their old school. From the wall paint to the desks, a soon-to-be reopened school in Monroe is meant to feel familiar for Sandy Hook kids.

It's Not Jolly, It's A Job: You Need More Than A Beard To Be Santa

If you have a few too many pounds around the belly, too few coins in the purse and access to a Santa suit this Christmas season, you might be thinking you could make a few extra bucks posing as Old St. Nick. Well, some professional Santas warn, it's not that easy.

How Boehner's 'Critical Moment' Could Turn Out OK For Him

The House speaker is trying to emerge from a blow from his own party. But if John Boehner can pull off a bipartisan agreement to avert the fiscal cliff, he could come out of this better off.

Slipping Off The 'Fiscal Cliff' Might Give Obama A Leg Up

There's still no agreement between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on how to avoid looming tax hikes and spending cuts. But Noam Scheiber of The New Republic argues no agreement is good news for Obama. Host Guy Raz talks with Scheiber about why he believes Obama must go over the fiscal cliff to save his second term. Raz also talks with NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the latest political maneuvering.