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AT&T Drops Its Pursuit Of Rival Carrier T-Mobile

Wireless giant AT&T reportedly spent $40 million in ads alone to convince legislators, regulators and subscribers that its proposed merger with T-Mobile would be good for consumers and would create jobs. But the Justice Department filed suit to block the merger and then, the Federal Communications Commission came out against the deal.
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House Republicans Prolong Payroll Tax Cut Standoff

The House on Tuesday is scheduled to vote to send the fight over the payroll tax holiday to a conference committee. But Democrats say they won't appoint conferees. House Republicans object to the Senate measure, because it would extend the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits for just two months while a longer-term deal is worked out.
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Gingrich Fights Back Against GOP Attack Ads

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is accusing his Republican opponents of what he says is reprehensible behavior — running attack ads in Iowa against the former House Speaker. Before a crowd of supporters in Hiawatha, Iowa, Gingrich stressed that the negative GOP attack ads are bad for the party and bad for voters.
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In Calif. Mental Hospitals, Assaults Rarely A Crime

Most of the patients in the state's psychiatric hospitals have been committed by the criminal justice system — and violence against staff members and other patients is on the rise. But of the thousands of attacks that occur each year, few are treated as crimes.
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Negative Ads Hammer Positive Gingrich Campaign

Polls show that Newt Gingrich's once-sizable lead in Iowa has collapsed over the past couple of weeks. During that time, rivals have been hitting the former House speaker hard with negative ads, but Gingrich say's he'll stick with his pledge to remain positive.
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How Will A New Leader Handle North Korea's Nukes?

Reliable details about North Korea's nuclear weapons are hard to come by, but the country is believed to have between four and 10 nuclear bombs. The country's political transition adds to the uncertainty surrounding the nuclear program.
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AT&T Drops T-Mobile Bid

AT&T shuttered proposed plans to buy T-Mobile. For more, Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Joel Rose.
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Tablets Replace Some Small Businesses Tools

Tablets are not just changing how people go about their lives. They're also changing the way businesses function. Small businesses especially are using tablets to replace a variety of business tools: from menus, to timecards, to cash registers.
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'Wired' Editor Discusses 2011's Best Apps

The releases of the iPhone 4s and other advanced smart phones this year has meant the proliferation of the apps that run on them. Robert Siegel finds out about the best apps of 2011 from John Bradley, senior editor overseeing products and editor of the Wired App Guide.

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