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4:25 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Smuggling In Southern California Up 30 Percent

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 7:01 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Drug cartels are taking to the ocean. That's because security along the land border between the U.S. and Mexico has been beefed up. Smuggling off the coast of Southern California is up 30 percent this year, according to the government, and that has the Coast Guard and Homeland Security warning of an increasingly dangerous situation off the busy coast.

NPR's Kirk Siegler reports.

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Business
4:25 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Future Of Retail May Involve Personalized Shopping

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 7:01 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now one final time, we'll borrow the words of Ebenezer Scrooge to introduce a series of conversations we've been having.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL)

GEORGE C. SCOTT: (as Ebenezer Scrooge) I will live in the past, present, and the future. The spirits of all three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.

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Economy
4:25 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Do Right-To-Work Laws Help Or Hurt The Economy?

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 7:01 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Our next story is an economic mystery. Our Planet Money reporter Chana Joffe-Walt stumbled over it while holiday shopping.

CHANA JOFFE-WALT, BYLINE: The other day, I went to Toys R Us after work to buy my son some Legos for Hanukkah. He's never had Legos before, so I was very excited. But did you know that a basic box of Legos cost 59.99? For just 102 DUPLO pieces, 60 bucks. They're plastic blocks.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #1: Legos cost a lot of money.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #2: Yeah, actually, they are expensive.

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The Impact of War
4:25 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Military Homecomings Still Bittersweet For Some

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 12:09 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Homecomings at the nation's military bases are treated as occasions of the highest order. This morning, more than 100 families at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, waited for hugs and kisses before the sun came up. Blake Farmer of member station WPLN was there.

BLAKE FARMER, BYLINE: The 747 touched down just before sunrise.

JOHN KING: Look at that big old plane.

JACK BELZER: That's giant.

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Around the Nation
4:25 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Susan Rice Withdraws Name For Secretary Of State

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 7:01 pm

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration for the Secretary of State job on Thursday. President Obama accepted her withdrawal and says she will continue in her role as U.N. ambassador.

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