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GOP Presidential Candidates Prepare To Debate In Nev.

The Republican candidates meet for another debate this evening, this one in Nevada. It will be the last in a series of six debates since late fall. In that time, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has firmly established himself as the man to beat for the GOP nomination. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Mara Liasson for more.
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Some News Corp Investors Aim To Challenge Murdoch

The annual meeting of News Corp's shareholders will take place this Friday under unusual circumstances — a growing number of corporate governance advisers and a significant number of investors are calling for the Murdoch family and their close allies to loosen their hold on the corporation's board. This follows the phone hacking and police corruption scandal in the U.K. that has enveloped James Murdoch and his former top lieutenants, as well as subsequent questions about the larger company's governance and structure. As the Murdochs control about 40 percent of voting stock and a sympathetic Saudi prince controls another 7 percent, there is almost no mathematical chance they can be forced to relinquish control on a vote. However, it represents a moment at which notable opposition has built up against the Murdochs — both outside and inside the corporate sphere.
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Big Banks Report Earnings This Week

Most big U.S. banks are reporting earnings this week. On Tuesday, Goldman Sachs said it lost money in the third quarter amid declining revenues and markdowns on its investments. Bank of America showed improved results, but it lost the biggest bank title to J.P. Morgan Chase.
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Cultivating A Wine Market In N.Y.'s Finger Lakes

The hills surrounding the lakes are fertile ground, and the area's wines are gaining acclaim. But it's still tough to buy a bottle: The Finger Lakes wines face tough competition from better-known wines, and only a few of the local labels can be found in other states.
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Analysts Point To Several Factors In Wheldon's Death

The auto racing industry has a long history of taking casualties seriously and sharing the latest safety information with all of the leagues. Analysts are beginning to closely study what led to two-time Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon's death on Sunday.
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The Roots Of Record Foreclosures

RealtyTrac is showing a 14 percent rise in first time default notices between July and September. It's the first jump after five consecutive quarterly declines, suggesting that banks are gradually addressing their backlog of foreclosed homes. Michel Martin discusses the causes and impact of the mortgage crisis with industry observer and history professor Beryl Satter.
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How Hairdressers Can Help Fight Skin Cancer

Over a lifetime, our heads and necks receive a ton of exposure to the sun's UV rays. But most medical checkups don't include exhaustive exams of our hair and head. So public health researchers want to recruit hair stylists to help. It turns out, some of them are already performing informal skin cancer exams on clients.
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DeLorean Goes Electric: Company Plans New Model Of Iconic Gullwing Car

There's a new DeLorean DMC-12 coming out — or rather, there's a new version of the stainless steel wedge of a sportscar that became an icon of '80s cool. But it won't run on gas — it'll be electric. And it won't require a nuclear reaction that generates 1.21 gigawatts, either.
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Do Too Many Kids Go To College?

Getting a college degree is often touted as a way to increase your income and your ability to compete in the job market. But are too many unprepared students being pushed into taking on large amounts of debt? A team of experts faces off in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
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Bloomberg: Wall Street Protests Not Topic For Home

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a connection to the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The mayor's girlfriend Diana Taylor is on the board of directors of Brookfield Office Properties. That company owns Zuccotti Park, where protesters have been camping for weeks. He insists they don't discuss the demonstrations or her business interests at home.

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