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3:20 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Florida Becomes No. 1 In Concealed Weapons Permits

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 8:40 pm

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After the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the country renewed a debate over gun control. At the same time, Florida quietly marked a milestone. It became the first state to issue more than a million permits allowing residents to carry concealed weapons. From Miami, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: It's the holiday season, and at American Armory, a gun store in Homestead, Florida, the atmosphere is festive.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

With Fiscal Cliff Looming, Washington Scrambles For Deal

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 8:40 pm

Audie Cornish talks with NPR's David Welna about the latest on negations to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.

U.S.
3:20 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

EPA Chief Announces Resignation

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 8:40 pm

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The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that she's stepping down. Lisa Jackson won praise from environmentalists for efforts to cut air pollution and greenhouse gases. But she faced fierce opposition from the coal industry and congressional Republicans. And she sometimes found herself at odds with the White House.

NPR's Veronique LaCapra has our story.

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Europe
3:20 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Orphans In Middle Of Russian Political Dispute With U.S.

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 8:40 pm

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We reported yesterday on a bill passed by the Russian Parliament. It would block American families from adopting Russian children. Adoption advocacy groups are appealing to President Vladimir Putin not to sign the measure.

And as we hear from NPR's Michele Kelemen, adoption has been a sensitive issue between the U.S. and Russia for years.

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Research News
3:20 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Birds Hang Around Mistletoe For More Than A Kiss

Researchers in Australia found that when they removed mistletoe from large sections of forests, vast numbers of birds left.
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Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 8:40 pm

For the Druids, mistletoe was sacred. For us, it's a cute ornament and maybe an excuse to steal a kiss. And of course it's a Christmas tradition.

But for a forest, mistletoe might be much more important. It's a parasite, shows up on tree branches and looks like an out-of-place evergreen bush hanging in the air.

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