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  • Silent For A Night (Or Two) In Iowa, Candidates Keep Pace In Ads
    If Iowans feel they've been bombarded by political ads in recent weeks, that's nothing compared to what the next eight days will be like. With the caucuses only a week from Tuesday, the ad wars are changing gears for the final stretch.
  • Now Hovering Above Us All: 'The Cloud'
    The days of keeping large files on your home or office computer are waning. Instead, documents and files are accessible from nearly any device, anytime from anywhere. But what exactly is this place called the cloud?
  • For Novak Djokovic, A Year To Celebrate In Tennis
    Novak Djokovic had the greatest year of any male tennis player ever, while eating a gluten-free diet.
  • Russians Keep Up Protests For Free Elections
    Over the weekend, tens of thousands of people gathered in the streets of Moscow. They disagree with elections allegedly rigged in favor of Vladimir Putin's party. Lilia Shevtsova, senior Russia analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, talks to Steve Inskeep about the demonstrations.
  • NBA Stars Didn't Disappoint In Season Openers
    Perhaps more than any other major professional sports league in this country, the National Basketball Association is star-driven. A Christmas slate of season-opening games featured the electric play of the league's Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, the NBA's top scorer Kevin Durant and LeBron James, too.
  • Singing Therapy Helps Stroke Patients Speak Again
    "Singing therapy" is one treatment researchers are using to help brain trauma patients gain the ability to speak again.
  • Toyota Begins Aqua Sales In Japan
    Japanese carmaker Toyota began selling its smallest and greenest hybrid car in Japan Monday. Known as the Aqua, it's said to get more than 83 miles per gallon and cost around $22,000.
  • The Top Gadgets Of 2011
    Holiday gift card or money burning a hole in your pocket? Want to buy an electronic gadget? Linda Wertheimer talks to Rich Jaroslovsky, tech columnist for Bloomberg News, about his top gadget picks for 2011.
  • Wrapping Paper Industry Puts A Bow On 2011
    While there's no industry-wide data available yet for this year, U.S. gift-wrap makers are expecting to post their strongest sales in years, according to The Wall Street Journal. The industry was shredded during the recession when many stores stopped offering gift-wrapping service.
  • Long-Term Jobless Borrow Money To Stay Afloat
    More than half of the long-term unemployed and under-employed have had to borrow money from family and friends to pay their bills, according to a recent NPR News-Kaiser Family Foundation poll. And borrowing from friends and family can complicate the relationships.

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