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  • N.Y. Gov. Cuomo To Propose Gun Control Measures
    Andrew Cuomo is expected to propose some of the nation's toughest gun laws in his State of the State address on Wednesday, including a stronger ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. But getting those bills through the state's Republican-controlled Senate will be another matter.
  • Christie's State Of The State Focuses On Sandy
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday delivered his State-of-the-State speech. It contained no new policy objectives. It was designed to boost morale in state where he said 346,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Can Police Force Drunken Driving Suspects To Take Blood Tests?
    The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing whether police must get a warrant before forcing a driver to have his blood drawn. Missouri, backed by the Obama administration, argues that time is of the essence when alcohol is dissipating in a person's bloodstream.
  • U.N. Agency Watches Out For Domestic Workers
    The International Labor Organization, the U.N. agency that deals with labor issues, has released a report on the growing number of domestic workers around the globe, and their lack of legal and worker protections. There are almost 53 million domestic workers and 83 percent are women. They have often been ignored by policy makers.
  • Israeli Political Ads Try To Weaken Netanyahu
    The Israeli election campaign is moving into high gear with the major parties unveiling TV spots and infomercials, ahead of the January 22nd vote. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing alliance still leads the polls but another right-wing group is mounting a serious challenge.
  • Elite Colleges Struggle To Recruit Smart, Low-Income Kids
    Top schools often offer scholarships that not only include free tuition, but also free room and board for top students from poor families. Each year, however, colleges are confronted with a paradox: No matter how many incentives they provide, enrollment of highly talented, low-income student barely seems to budge.
  • Promoting Hinduism? Parents Demand Removal Of School Yoga Class
    Encinitas, Calif., is celebrated by many as the yoga mecca of America. But when the spiritual discipline was recently incorporated in a local school, a group of parents quickly likened it to religious indoctrination. They worry the new model will be exported to schools across the country.
  • Alcoa's Quarterly Profits Improve From A Year Ago
    Alcoa, the biggest aluminum producer in the U.S., has announced it posted a profit of more than $240 million in the last three months of 2012. That's a big improvement from the same quarter the year before when it lost $190 million.
  • Target Ratchets Up Retail Price War
    Target says it will match the online prices of Amazon.com and others. Target knows that increasingly consumers are using mobile devices to check prices online as they cruise the aisles. And if the price is better somewhere else, that's where they'll buy it.
  • AIG Considers Joining Greenberg's Bailout Lawsuit
    Insurance company AIG holds a board meeting Wednesday to consider joining former CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg's lawsuit against the government over its handling of the AIG bailout in 2008. For more on the suit, Steve Inskeep talks to business reporter Michael de la Merced of The New York Times.

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