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Is The 'Fiscal Cliff' As Bad As It Sounds?

Large cuts to the budget will take effect in January if Congress doesn't agree on a spending and tax plan. The White House has said it'll work with lawmakers to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," but experts predict a long budget battle. Host Michel Martin speaks with economics reporter Sudeep Reddy and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.
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Weighing Politics At Work, Wife's Dementia At Home

Rushern Baker serves as County Executive for Prince George's County in Maryland. But two years ago, his role as a public official was transformed when his wife was diagnosed with early onset dementia. He speaks with host Michel Martin about caring for his wife and meeting his responsibilities as a public official.
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A Year On, What Did 'Occupy' Accomplish?

The Occupy Wall Street movement marks its first anniversary this week. Its supporters argue that it elevated the issue of economic inequality, but others say it made more noise than change. Host Michel Martin discusses the movement with author Debra Dickerson, who is still participating in protests and writes about them for Slate.com.
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A Los Alamos Landmark, The 'Black Hole,' Is About To Disappear

"Atomic Ed" Grothus spent his life collecting surplus equipment from the nation's foremost nuclear weapons lab — the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory. He died in 2009. Now his family is holding a liquidation sale.
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U.S. Kids Eat Nearly As Much Salt As Adults, Putting Health At Risk

Kids' high salt consumption is putting them at risk for illnesses linked to high blood pressure. The association between salt and blood pressure was highest in kids who are already overweight, the CDC says.
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Short Track Speedskating Coach Put On Leave Amid Abuse Allegations

Jae Su Chun has been accused by 19 current or former athletes of physical, verbal and psychological abuse. He disputes the allegations.
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White House Launching Trade Complaints Against China

The cases — charging that China unfairly subsidizes auto parts and slaps high duties on U.S.-made cars — come as Republican rival Mitt Romney argues that President Obama has let too many jobs go overseas.
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Chicago's O'Hare Needs Help Clearing Brush

The airport is looking for 25 grazing animals to clear out overgrown bushes surrounding the airport, according to a report in the Sun Times. Those bushes attract birds which are dangerous to aircraft.

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