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In N.C., Obama Pushes For American Manufacturing

President Obama is spending a few days this week pushing his State of the Union message in cities across the country. He began the tour in North Carolina on Wednesday talking about manufacturing and the return of factory jobs.
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Obama Tries To Move Spotlight Off Deficit Reduction

Preschool is just one example of the ways in which President Obama says government can play a constructive role in the economy. He's trying to reorient the debate in Washington from deficit reduction alone to wise investment.
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The Drug Laws That Changed How We Punish

Forty years ago, New York enacted tough laws in response to a wave of drug-related crime. They became known as the Rockefeller drug laws, and they set the standard for states looking to get tough on crime. But a new debate is under way over the effectiveness of such strict sentencing laws.
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Hagel Becomes First Filibustered Defense Nominee

It wasn't that much of a surprise that Senate Republicans refused to end debate on Chuck Hagel's nomination, forcing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to try to find 60 votes to move the nomination forward to a final vote. And it's not clear whether Reid has those 60 votes.
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Study Of Used Cars Recommends Buying Newly Launched Models

In the 2010 model year, the most dependable cars and trucks were either new to the market or had been through a major redesign, according to a study by J.D. Power and Associates. The finding contradicts the traditional stance that consumers should let carmakers work out the bugs in a new model before they buy.
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Stranded Sea Lions Turning Up Earlier In Southern California

Sickly sea lion pups have been getting stranded on the coast of Southern California this winter. Audie Cornish speaks with Sarah Wilkin, the stranding coordinator with the National Marine Fisheries Service for the state of California, about why it's happening and how marine mammal centers are trying to help them.
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Westminster Dog Show Winner Becomes Overnight Celebrity

Robert Siegel talks to David Frei about the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show and the winning pup, Banana Joe.
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Airport Suites Offer Travelers A Place To Nap On The Fly

One company says it has a solution to long delays between flights: tiny suites where you can sleep, watch TV or work without leaving the airport. Minute Suites is currently operating in Atlanta and Philadelphia and is headed next for Chicago O'Hare and Dallas-Forth Worth.

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