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  • 'Fiscal Cliff' Countdown: 4 Days Until The Plunge
    So far there are no signs of a breakthrough in talks between Democrats and Republicans in Washington to stave off the tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect on New Year's Day. President Obama has summoned top congressional leaders for talks at the White House on Friday.
  • What A Former FBI Hostage Negotiator Can Teach Us About The Fiscal Cliff
    The tortuous negotiations involved in the "fiscal cliff" talks are like a chess game. To shed some light on the kinds of negotiation techniques that members of Congress might be using, we asked two negotiation experts to walk us through examples from their everyday lives.
  • 'The Book Of Gin' Distills A Spirited History
    From medieval medicine to 18th century English "crack," gin has come a long way. But according to Richard Barnett, author of The Book of Gin, now is "the best time in the last 500 years to be drinking" it.
  • China Approves Real-Name Internet Rule
    On China's Internet, cyber citizen have been posting incriminating videos or allegations against politicians. Instead of deleting the material, censors have often left it up. So far, at least seven officials have either lost their jobs or are being investigated. But the recent exposure of graft may not last.
  • Another Side Effect Of Chemotherapy: 'Chemo Brain'
    For years, researchers have struggled to understand the mental fog that envelops some patients getting chemotherapy. Now a study has found that the cancer treatment significantly decreases brain activity in regions responsible for memory, attention, planning and prioritizing.
  • Let's Double Down On A Superstorm Of Malarkey: Picking 2012's Word Of The Year
    The American Dialect Society is about to make a major decision: What will be the Word of the Year for 2012? Since we only live once, will it be YOLO? Or perhaps superstorm, in memory of Hurricane Sandy? Language columnist Ben Zimmer says there's no clear front-runner.
  • SEC Filing Reveals Apple CEO's Pay Package
    Apple CEO Tim Cook got a relatively modest $4.2 million in salary for the latest fiscal year. That's after the company's board set him up with stock now worth $510 million for taking the reins in 2011.
  • Administrator Lisa Jackson To Leave EPA
    Accused by Republicans of running an agency that issued "job-killing regulations," Jackson has faced stiff political opposition in her four years at the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • What's In Store For The Airline Industry In 2013?
    Events in the new year could include the biggest airline merger ever. For months, a deal between American Airlines and U.S. Airways has been talked about. The new year is also likely to bring slightly higher domestic ticket prices and some new planes.
  • Parking Meter Rates To Rise In Chicago
    In 2013, Chicago will have the most expensive parking meters in North America. The rate to park in the heart of downtown will jump 75 cents an hour — up to $6.50 an hour.

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