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  • Senator-Elect Begich: Alaskans Wanted Change
    In the U.S. Senate race in Alaska, Democrat Mark Begich has claimed victory over six-term Republican incumbent Ted Stevens. The Anchorage mayor's victory moves Senate Democrats within two seats of a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority. Senator-elect Begich tells Renee Montagne that he won because Alaskans are ready to focus on the future.
  • Lieberman Gets To Keep Committee Chairmanship
    Democrats in the Senate decided Tuesday that Joe Lieberman may keep his committee chairmanship — even though he campaigned for Republican John McCain. Democrats secretly voted 42-13 to let him remain chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. His only sanction was being removed from the Environment Committee.
  • Democrats Still Need Georgia, Minnesota
    Democrats and Republicans are anxiously awaiting the results of two unresolved Senate races. In Georgia, there's a runoff election next month, and in Minnesota, a statewide recount begins Wednesday.
  • Big Tobacco Seeks Safer Cigarettes
    While there is still a market for cigarettes — nearly 1 in 5 American adults smokes — that number has been steadily decreasing. So tobacco companies are investing in technology and research that could create a safer cigarette.
  • Tool Bag Floats Away From Astronaut
    A spacewalking astronaut accidentally let go of her tool bag Tuesday after a grease gun inside exploded. She helplessly watched as the tote and everything inside floated away.
  • Gear Heads Prepare For Los Angeles Auto Show
    It's time for the Los Angeles Auto Show, the first major North American auto show of the season. It's known for presenting cutting-edge technology and design. Mark Phelan, automotive critic for the Detroit Free Press, talks with Renee Montagne about what will — and won't — be on the floor of the convention center this year.
  • Pirates Commandeer Busy Shipping Lane
    India's navy says one of its warships patrolling the Gulf of Aden battled Somali pirates and destroyed one of their so-called mother ships — a supply vessel that helps the pirates operate in open water. The attack occurred the same day Somali pirates hijacked two more ships. What can be done to protect one of the world's busiest shipping lanes?
  • Tibetans Gather In India To Rethink China Strategy
    Hundreds of Tibetan exiles have convened in Dharamsala, India, to discuss a new China strategy. China has warned against any efforts at Tibetan independence. Earlier this month, the Dalai Lama acknowledged that talks with China to win greater autonomy had not been successful. It was a significant comment.
  • Toyota Cuts North American Production For 2 Days
    The world's biggest automaker says it will stop production at all U.S. and Canadian factories for two days next month. Toyota's assembly, transmission and engine plants will close in late December as the company tries to work through excess inventory. The Japanese carmaker is in much better financial shape than its U.S. rivals, but sales of Toyota's vehicles also are plunging.
  • Third-Quarter Home Sales Drop
    New home sales figures are out, and the news isn't good. The National Association of Realtors says 4 out of 5 metropolitan areas saw home prices drop in the third quarter, compared with the year before. Meanwhile, sales of existing homes fell in 32 states.

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