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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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  • Marriage Economy: 'I Couldn't Afford To Get Divorced'
    The nation's high unemployment rate is straining many marriages, a new survey finds. At the same time, many unhappy couples say they feel trapped, unable to afford a breakup. Experts say that's a dangerous combination that can increase the risk of domestic violence.
  • Montrealers Reject New Interim Canadiens Coach
    The new interim coach of the Montreal Canadiens is being rejected by fans of the hockey team. Not because of a losing record — but because he doesn't speak French. Robert Siegel speaks with Stu Cowan, sports editor of the Montreal Gazette.
  • Winter Weather Grounds Some Travelers
    Winter weather is making travel difficult in parts of the county. The blizzard is making its way through the lower plains.
  • Some Jobless Saved By The Salvation Army Bell
    Although in the past bell ringers were primarily volunteers, for many behind the kettle today, the temporary job has become a lifesaver. For first-time bell ringers Lynn and Rusty Smith, the minimum wage job is helping to keep them afloat during tough economic times.
  • In North Korea, Lavish Praise For The Heir Apparent
    Kim Jong Un is playing a prominent role in his father's funeral and is already the object of fulsome praise from North Korea's official media.
  • In Cairo, Women Protest Recent Crackdowns
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the Egyptian army's use of force against protesters, especially women. Clinton's remarks, in a speech at Georgetown University Monday night, were the strongest criticism yet of the Egyptian military, which has been ruling the country since ousted president Hosni Mubarak stepped down last February.
  • Looking For Boost, Candidates Hit The Ground In N.H.
    Through public events, phone banks and door-to-door canvassing, the GOP presidential contenders are working full speed to reach out to voters in New Hampshire. Political strategists say a good ground game can make a difference at the ballot box.
  • Stephen Daldry Discusses New Movie
    Robert Siegel talks to director Stephen Daldry about his new film, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. It follows the story of a young boy, played by Thomas Horn, whose father dies on 9/11.
  • A Quest To Seek The Sublime In The Spiritual
    Study after study shows that religious people are more fulfilled. But why? Commentator Eric Weiner describes the journey he took to find the happiness in holiness.
  • House Rejects Senate's Payroll Tax Extension
    The House blew up the end-of-year deal to extend the payroll tax holiday, but it insists it's the Senate's fault. If both chambers fail to forge a compromise, taxes go up, unemployment benefits expire and payments to Medicare doctors get cut by 27 percent — all starting Jan. 1.

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