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  • Violence In Gaza Strip Enters A Second Week
    Overnight air raids on Gaza pushed the Palestinian death toll to more than 80, with more than 700 wounded. The numbers on the Israeli side are dramatically lower — with three dead. And the Israeli prime minister says Israel is prepared to escalate the fight with ground troops. As the fighting drags into a new week, the United Nations and the Arab League are stepping up efforts to mediate.
  • Israeli Fans Of Iron Dome No Longer Run For Cover
    Hamas militants have fired hundreds of missiles at Israel since the conflict intensified last week. Many of those missiles have fallen prey to Iron Dome, the U.S.-funded anti-missile system deployed in key areas across Israel. Israelis are running out of their homes, rather then into their bunkers, to film Iron Dome at work.
  • Anne Lamott Distills Prayer Into 'Help, Thanks, Wow'
    As Thanksgiving draws near, many of us are thinking about what we're thankful for. Novelist and memoirist Anne Lamott says she is filled with "wonder at the just sheer beauty of creation." She discusses her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.
  • California Learns From Hurricane Sandy In Northeast
    The damage from Sandy has cities across the country looking at their own disaster plans. Eight California state, city and county-level emergency managers deployed to help the recovery. They came back thinking about the basic logistical problems of hosting mutual aid officials from other parts of the country.
  • Can You Move It And Work It On A Treadmill Desk?
    Researchers and companies are bringing movement back into the office with treadmill desks, walking meetings and games. Employees say it has helped them lose weight and be more productive.
  • Caffeine Gives Endurance Athletes A Third And Fourth Wind
    Endurance athletes often turn to the same stimulant that gives your morning cup of joe its jolt: caffeine. They're increasingly using caffeinated gels and drinks when they compete. But how much is too much?
  • Americans Run Up More Credit Card Debt
    The average American had almost $5,000 of credit card debt in the third quarter of 2012, up almost 5 percent over the previous quarter. Industry analysts say the increase is partly seasonal, people spending more ahead of the holidays. But they also say it could reflect growing consumer confidence, which has been on the rise since July as job numbers have gradually improved nationwide.
  • The Past And Future Of America's Biggest Retailers
    Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart all celebrate their 50th year of business this year. They were born after prohibitions against volume discounts and set prices broke down. Now the giant chains face one of their biggest challenges — evolving in the Internet age.
  • Hostess Brands To Begin Selling Its Assets
    Hostess Brands will start selling off its assets in a bankruptcy court in New York Monday. That prospect has struck fear in the hearts of lovers of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos. Sensing a possible shortage, some hopeful entrepreneurs took to eBay offering up many Hostess items at some exorbitant prices.
  • In Asia, Obama Reasserts His Foreign Policy Role
    President Obama is traveling in Asia this week after months of focus on his re-election bid. But even as the president works to shore up relationships around the world, Republican members of Congress continue to challenge the administration's handling of the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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