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Congress Poised To Pass $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

There are no "in your face victories" for Republicans or Democrats in the package. The measure funds the government for the rest of this year and is part of a bipartisan plan to avoid another bitter battle that could shut down the government.
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Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

On Monday, Google announced it had purchased Nest Labs for $3.2 billion. Nest is focused on the "automated home" concept, making smoke detectors and thermostats that connect to the Internet. Google's purchase signals a strong interest in this arena.
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More Workers Forced To Pick Up Pension Investment Risks

Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics about whether Boeing's restructuring of employee benefits was inevitable given global competition. Kirkegaard co-authored a book called U.S. Pension Reform: Lessons From Other Countries.
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Ford Unveils F-150 With Aluminum Body

The redesign of the Ford F-150 resets the dial for the truck and car world. In a bid to gain more fuel economy, it's expected to lose a half-a-ton of weight. Technological advances in materials have made it possible to build cars and trucks out of aluminum. Though aluminum is a third the strength and three times the cost.
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Maine County Watches Out For Citizens Confined To Their Homes

Getting through a tough winter can be especially challenging for elderly or disabled people living in rural areas. There aren't always next door neighbors who can pop by to check on them. One county in Maine has devised a way to make sure these people are alright.
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Feds Arrive In W.Va. To Probe Chemical Leak

A team of federal investigators from the Chemical Safety Board is in West Virginia to look into that massive chemical leak into the Elk River that contaminated the water in nine counties. Local authorities say the water quality is improving but they're not ready yet for a large-scale lifting of water bans. The leak originated from a storage tank owned by Freedom Industries.
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New York Consumers Frustrated By Insurance Delays

New York's health insurance marketplace is working, but some consumers are still having problems with insurers. Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield is the state's largest insurer and the target of a lot of consumer complaints.
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Sochi-Bound Brian Hansen Maintains Speedskating Routine

One of the world's fastest long-track speed skaters has been preparing for the Winter Olympics in Milwaukee. Some in the coaching circle have even questioned his decision to stick with the same training routine and the same coach for so long. Brian Hansen says when you find something that works, you just stick with it.
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Feds Launch Audit Into Sandy-Related Spending In New Jersey

Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives his State of the State speech on Tuesday. His administration faces lingering questions about politically-motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. And now Christie faces another high-profile investigation. This one focuses on how his administration spent millions of dollars of Superstorm Sandy relief funds on a marketing campaign.
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Political Groups Aim Early Attacks At New Hampshire Senator

The midterm congressional elections are 10 months away. But some political and ideological organizations are already buying ads to criticize incumbents they hope to take down in November, like Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

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