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The housing market collapse has taken a toll on Florida families and may affect how they vote in the presidential election. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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States Of The Economy

Fla.'s Economic Pain, Anger Could Shape 2012 Race

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Anna Hu at the Ao Hua Farmers Market in Shanghai. After years of working long hours and eating only in restaurants, Hu has learned how to cook vegetables and eat more healthfully. Eliza Barclay/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

In China, Finding A New Way To Eat In Times Of Plenty

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stands to applause during a campaign stop at a Londonderry, N.H., restaurant on Tuesday. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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States Of The Economy

N.H. Voters Look For Calm Amid Economic JittersNew Hampshire Public Radio

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LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman watches as his company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange in May. Despite the global economic uncertainty, tech companies held steady on Wall Street. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Technology

Year In Review: Mega Tech Brands Raise Megabucks

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At 29,029 ft. above sea level, Mount Everest — also called Mount Chomolungma — is the highest mountain on Earth. Bartosz Hadyniak/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Author Interviews

True Grit: 'Into The Silence' Scales Everest

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney chat after finishing a GOP debate in Sioux City, Iowa, earlier this month. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Reversal On Health Mandate Came Late For Gingrich And Romney

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Eric Goosby, United States Global AIDS coordinator, says field testing is necessary and urgent to determine if HIV testing-and-treating services are feasible. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Antiviral Drugs Sparkle In The Race To End AIDS

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Unfinished subdivisions like this one in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, Ariz., have led urban planners to suggest "smart decline" strategies that sometimes even dismantle existing infrastructure. Laura Segall/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions?KJZZ

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As many as 5,000 private security contractors will be protecting U.S. diplomats in Iraq. The U.S. Embassy compound (above) and several consulates will have about 15,000 workers, making it the largest diplomatic operation abroad. Lucas Jackson/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Iraq

No U.S. Troops, But Army Of Contractors In Iraq

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In a last bout of campaigning before Christmas, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota signs autographs at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, on Dec. 22. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Silent For A Night (Or Two) In Iowa, Candidates Keep Pace In AdsIowa Public Radio

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The cloud became a common term in 2011. Here, a screengrab from the Dropbox website shows how the cloud-based data storage service shares the same information on multiple devices. NPR hide caption

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It Was A Good Year For...

Now Hovering Above Us All: 'The Cloud'

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Novak Djokovic smiles with his U.S. Open trophy atop the Empire State Building in New York, Sept. 13, 2011. The Serbian defeated Rafael Nadal to win his first U.S. Open tennis championship and third Grand Slam trophy of 2011. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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It Was A Good Year For...

For Novak Djokovic, A Year To Celebrate In Tennis

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South Korean soldiers face a North Korean soldier standing at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea on Thursday. North Korea's neighbors are reassessing their policies following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Wally Santana/AP hide caption

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North Korea In Transition

With N. Korea In Flux, Neighbors Reassess Policies

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A teaching assistant pushes a cart of books as he prepares for the first day of school at Caprock Elementary School in the Keller Independent School District in Fort Worth, Texas, in August. State lawmakers slashed more than $4 billion from education this school year — one of the largest cuts in state history — and over 12,000 teachers and support staff have been laid off. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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Education

Texas Schools Grapple With Big Budget Cuts

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President Obama speaks in the White House's Brady Briefing Room on Tuesday. Behind the president, a ticking clock counts down the time until taxes will go up if Congress can't reach an extension deal on payroll tax cuts. Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

In A Year Of Partisan Brawls, Congress Goes One More Round

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Students stand outside Penn State's Old Main building, protesting the handling of a child abuse scandal involving retired Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Calls For More Reporting Of Suspected Child Abuse

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In a rare mass protest, thousands of people from the besieged village of Wukan, China, gather to demonstrate against what they say are illegal land seizures by the government. The villagers accuse local officials of selling 6.5 square miles of their land to boost government revenues. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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Asia

In China, Anger Spreads Over Government Land Grabs

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Mikael Blomkvist, the investigative journalist who teams up with the title character in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is the second iconic character that actor Daniel Craig (right, with Christopher Plummer) has tackled in the space of a half-decade. Sony/Columbia hide caption

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From Bond To Blomkvist: Daniel Craig's Next Big Role

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a visit to Siberia in August. He died Saturday at age 69, according to state-run North Korean television. Dmitry Astakhov /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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North Korea In Transition

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Dies At 69

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