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  • After All-Night Meeting, A Plan To Save Euro
    European Union leaders wrapped up a 10-hour-long meeting in Brussels agreeing on a fiscal pact that will require stricter budget discipline. But Britain is among countries not signing on to the deal. The head of the European Central Bank is calling the pact positive. It's not clear, though, whether the move is enough to relieve Europe's debt crisis in the near future. NPR's Philip Reeves wraps up the meeting.
  • 23 European Countries Sign On To Fiscal Pact
    After meeting Friday in Brussels until the early morning hours, most European leaders agreed to a plan to move ahead with more budget discipline. Are world financial markets likely to see the talks as a failure or as progress?
  • Online Video Sites Go Pro And Get Original
    Move over, cute kittens and goofy kiddos: YouTube is pouring money into slick, professional channels, including one that works with Madonna. Streaming services are developing their own original programing — including a resurrected, Netflix-only season of Arrested Development. It's like the early days of cable TV, when HBO started out airing movies and ended up with The Sopranos.
  • A Endlessly Rich 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'
    The new screen adaptation of John le Carre's Cold War spy novel, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, addresses a simple question: Is there a Soviet secret agent at the very highest echelons of British intelligence? Getting to the answer is brilliantly complex.
  • Ron Paul's Young Fans Flock To Him In Iowa
    The Texas congressman, enjoying second or third place among Republican presidential hopefuls in Iowa with about 18 percent support, held a rally at Iowa State University on Thursday night. Why does the 76-year-old have such a strong following among college kids?
  • Corzine Claims No Knowledge Of MF Global's Missing Money
    Former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine testified on Capitol Hill on Thursday day. The former New Jersey Senator and governor was subpoenaed by a congressional panel that wanted to hear how MF Global wound up in bankruptcy. Corzine apologized repeatedly but denied knowingly breaking any rules.
  • In Detroit, Drastic Steps To Avoid Bankruptcy
    Detroit is in danger of going broke. The city's elected leaders insist they can handle the crisis but haven't agreed on a plan of action. In the meantime, the governor is taking steps that could lead to an emergency manager taking over the city. To top it off, a petition drive to overturn Michigan's emergency manager law threatens to undo any actions the state would take. It's a wild, financially troubled situation. Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reports.
  • A Cinnamon-Glazed Porridge From Norway
    Linda Wertheimer introduces a new dish from the holiday food series: the traditional Norwegian porridge, rommegrot. Listener Christine Bielke relays how her family serves up the cinnamon- and butter-topped dish every holiday season.
  • NBA And Players Union Ratify New Contract
    The ratification is the official end of a contentious five-month lockout and two months of canceled games. NBA Commissioner David Stern said Thursday night that the new 10-year contract will move the league toward a "better business model."
  • Is Albert Pujols Worth $250 Million?
    The Los Angeles Angels have signed slugger Albert Pujols. He's considered one of the best baseball players of his generation, but is the $250 million the Angels are paying Pujols worth it?

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