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  • Year In Numbers: The Federal Reserve's $85 Billion Question
    As 2013 wraps up, NPR is looking at the numbers that tell this year's story. When it comes to the economy, $85 billion is a good candidate. That's the amount the Federal Reserve has been pumping into the financial system each month trying to stimulate growth and bring down unemployment. On Tuesday, Fed policymakers begin a two-day meeting at which they'll decide whether to dial back that stimulus.
  • Economists, Unemployed Fret Over Long-Term Jobless Aid Lapse
    Democrats in Congress are promising to try to retroactively extend emergency unemployment benefits after the new year. The expiration of the benefits may satisfy some fiscal conservatives, but it has some economists and many desperate job-seekers concerned.
  • Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle
    The Texas capital is growing rapidly, and its roads and freeways are packed. A toll road was built east of the city to help alleviate the problem, but few drivers use it. Experts agree that the city has to do something — and soon — to address its congestion woes if Austin is to retain its quirky character.
  • Moon Landing Is A Major Step Forward For China
    China landed its first probe on the surface of the moon over the weekend. It's the first soft-landing on the moon's surface in nearly 40 years, and a big accomplishment for China's space program.
  • Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms
    Across the country, a new model of housing development is springing up that embraces the local food movement. Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are now serving as the latest suburban amenity.
  • Remembering Ray Price, Voice Of The Nashville Sound
    Country Music Hall of Fame singer Ray Price had a hand in changing the sound of country music not once but twice. He put honky-tonk on top of the charts and then helped make orchestras part of country music. He died Monday afternoon at age 87.
  • Glaxo To Stop Paying Doctors To Promote Drugs
    The head of British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline told The New York Times on Monday that the company will stop paying doctors to promote its drugs. Pharmaceutical firms commonly pay physicians to speak at medical conferences — a practice criticized as a conflict of interest.
  • Mexico Opens Its Energy Sector To Private Investment
    Over the weekend, the needed majority of Mexican states ratified sweeping constitutional changes that would allow for the first time in decades foreign investment in the country's oil monopoly. Pemex has controlled the country's oil industry for 75 years.
  • Fitbit Flex Tops Jaroslovsky's 2013 Tech Gift List
    With holiday shopping well underway, Linda Wertheimer talks to tech journalist Rich Jaroslovsky about this year's non-obvious tech gifts. Among his picks is the Fitbit Flex and a talking smoke detector.
  • Italian Police Arrest 4 In Holiday Extortion Case
    Four alleged mafia gangsters have been arrested for forcing shop owners to buy poinsettias for as much as $140 each. Owners who refused to partake in the "Christmas special" would have their shops vandalized.

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