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Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies before a Senate panel in Washington last Tuesday on the looming cuts to the defense budget. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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'Time And Casualties': Gen. Dempsey On Cost Of Sequester

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Plosky Tolbachnik volcano erupts in Russia's Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula on Jan. 6, 2013. It's not a so-called "super volcano," but every million years or so scientists say the Earth burps up volcanoes that can erupt for thousands of years. Alexander Petrov/AP hide caption

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Is The Earth Cooking Up Another Super Volcano?

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Standing near the Remington Arms factory, Beth Neale, deputy mayor of Ilion, N.Y., says she's watched a lot of large manufacturers leave the region. She's not sure Ilion would easily recover from losing Remington. Marie Cusick for NPR hide caption

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Dependent On Arms Plant, N.Y. Town Braces For Gun Laws' ImpactWRVO

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Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., attends the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 30. Scott lost his re-election bid, but could be running for office again in a matter of weeks. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Sen. Scott Brown May Be Eyeing Quick Return To WashingtonWBUR

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Pedestrians pass the Dow Jones display ticker in Times Square on Wednesday in New York. U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers that slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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Retail Workers Bear Brunt Of Sluggish Holiday Sales

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