Lauren Rae (left) and Olivia Marlow look at the ornaments in the Grand Foyer during the first viewing of the White House 2012 holiday decorations in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. This year's theme is "Joy to All." Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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White House Holiday Spirit A 'Joy To All'

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After Hurricane Sandy, the town of Madison, N.J., which runs its own power utility, had electricity restored long before its neighbors. Friscocali/via Flickr hide caption

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After Sandy Outages, A Tale Of Two Utilities

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Pigtails For Peace

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A Powerball lottery ticket sits in the machine at the 4 Sons Food Store and Chevron gas station which sold one of two winning Powerball lottery tickets in Fountain Hills, Ariz. Joshua Lott /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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The Rev. Eric Williams and his colleague Jannette Berkley-Patton visited StoryCorps in Kansas City, Mo., where they discussed a funeral that shaped Williams' future. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Life's Ministry Springs From A Dilemma Over AIDS

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In Wake Of Recession, Immigrant Births Plunge

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Ireland-based Intrade lets users bet money on all manner of predictions — like if a particular film will win an Oscar. The site is ceasing operations in the U.S. NPR/Intrade screen grab hide caption

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A Bet Or A Prediction? Intrade's Purpose Is Debated

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Elouise Cobell, a member of Montana's Blackfeet Tribe, and four other Native Americans led a class-action land use lawsuit against the U.S. government. Cobell is shown here in 2009 with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar after an announcement on the settlement of the lawsuit. Cobell died last year. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Native Americans To Soon Receive Settlement Checks

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Federal 'Compassionate' Prison Release Rarely Given

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Lower Water Levels Dry Up Business On Great Lakes

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Of Top Taxpayers, 1 In 5 A Small Business Owner

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What Changes, When Women Lead?

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