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  • Gun Hearing Airs Issues, Disagreements On Solutions
    More than 200 people crowded into a Senate building on Wednesday for the first hearing on gun violence since the tragic shootings at a Connecticut elementary school. Lawmakers have proposed any number of new regulations — from banning assault rifles to closing loopholes in the background check system.
  • Should Gun Owners Have To Buy Liability Insurance?
    Most states require car owners to have liability insurance to cover damages their vehicles cause to others; some economists think we should require the same of gun owners.
  • 'New York Times' Accuses China Of Being Behind Hacking
    Chinese computer hackers have been infiltrating the computer systems of The New York Times for the last four months, according to the paper. Renee Montagne talks to Nicole Perlroth, a Times reporter who covers cyber security.
  • '30 Rock' Helped 'To Bury' NBC's Thursday Franchise
    As 30 Rock airs its series finale Thursday night, critics are praising creator and star Tina Fey for her groundbreaking work. It's one of the best-regarded shows many TV fans have never watched. TV critic Eric Deggans has more on high-quality, low-viewer comedies.
  • Boeing Contract Offer Could Prompt Engineers Strike
    Boeing is scrambling to figure out why two batteries malfunctioned on its 787, causing officials to ground the airplane this month. And at a time when Boeing most needs its skilled engineers, they're weighing a possible strike. Union leaders are considering the company's final contract offer Thursday.
  • Cabinet Picks Show A Shift In How U.S. Wages War
    The White House has emphasized that incoming Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel — both Vietnam veterans — understand the full cost of war. President Obama says that makes them the right choice for their jobs, as the U.S. moves away from big wars to a targeted approach.
  • Patty Andrews, Leader Of The Andrews Sisters, Dies
    Andrews was the youngest of the boogie-woogie sibling act, which played more USO tours during World War II than anyone besides Bob Hope. She was also known as the most charismatic of the trio.
  • Advertisers Grow To Like Facebook
    Facebook says its mobile advertising business nearly doubled from the third to fourth quarter of 2012. As a whole, the company's ad business grew at its fastest rate since it went public last May. Some analysts felt the social network had initially been too slow to get into the mobile market.
  • Lenovo Believes PCs Will Still Be Necessary
    Chinese computer company Lenovo has become the world's biggest seller of personal computers. Steve Inskeep talks to Vijay Vaitheeswaran, a correspondent for The Economist, about his recent article in the magazine on the rise of Lenovo.
  • Alicia Keys Named BlackBerry's Creative Director
    BlackBerry has unveiled a new smarthphone that it hopes will woo back the many customers it lost in the past few years. Among its strategies, the company appointed singer Alicia Keys as its global creative director. But in the last few days Keys was found to be tweeting from an iPhone, one of BlackBerry's big rivals.

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