8:25am

Thu December 20, 2012
Business

From Shoes To M&M's, Custom-Made Products Take Off Online

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 10:53 am

High school student Jon Ledbetter designs his own "NikeiD" sneakers. Ledbetter can post his designs on Nike's website, where other shoppers can also order them.
Kathy Lohr NPR

It wasn't long ago that all consumers went to retail stores to buy things. These days, of course, you can get just about anything online. Some companies are now taking that shopping experience to the next level, allowing customers to design almost anything individually — from a trench coat to a batch of M&M's.

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8:09am

Thu December 20, 2012
Shots - Health News

The Gun Lobby's Favorite Part Of The Health Law

There's wide disagreement on whether firearms in your closet are your doctor's business.
iStockphoto.com

Did you know the Affordable Care Act stands up for gun rights? The "Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights" section says the health law's wellness programs can't require participants to give information about guns in the house. It also keeps the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from collecting data on gun use and stops insurance companies from denying coverage or raising premiums on members because of gun use.

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7:39am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Hit Three-Year High

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 8:04 am

San Francisco: A "sold" sign in front of a home earlier this year.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

There was a 5.9 percent rise in sales of previously owned homes in November from October, the National Association of Realtors says.

At their 5.04 million annual rate, sales were the highest since November 2009.

"Momentum continues to build," NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun says in the organization's report.

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7:26am

Thu December 20, 2012
Arts & Culture

Christmas Eve: Festivo Alt.Latino

At 7pm on Christmas Eve, join Festivo Alt.Latino for a holiday travelogue through the eyes and ears of four Latin Alternative musicians who put aside their contemporary sounds and go back to their musical and cultural roots.

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6:13am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

NYSE Being Bought For $8.2B By Atlanta-based IntercontinentalExchange

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 11:34 am

The floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The New York Stock Exchange will be acquired by IntercontinentalExchange of Atlanta in a deal valued at about $8.2 billion, the two rivals confirmed Thursday morning.

In matching press releases, they say the sale "combines two leading exchange groups to create a premier global exchange operator diversified across markets including agricultural and energy commodities, credit derivatives, equities and equity derivatives, foreign exchange and interest rates."

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5:51am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Third Quarter Economic Growth Revised Up Again

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 5:48 am

The best estimate of how quickly the economy was growing in the third quarter has been revised upward again — a sign that as summer turned into fall things were better than first thought.

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5:47am

Thu December 20, 2012
KALW Almanac

Thursday December 20, 2012

1957 - Elvis gets his draft notice
  • 355th Day of 2012 / 11 Remaining
  • 1 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:21
  • Sunset:4:54
  • Hours Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:112:09pm
  • Moon Set:12:19am
  • Moon’s Phase: 56 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • December 28 @ 2:22 am
  • Full Cold Moon
  • Full Long Nights Moon

During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest.

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5:31am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Blizzard Warnings In Upper Midwest; Possible Tornado In Alabama

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 9:26 am

A snow plow made its way down a county road in Waupun, Wis., earlier today.
Jeffrey Phelps EPA /LANDOV

A winter storm that has brought blizzard conditions to parts of the Upper Midwest from Iowa into Minnesota and Wisconsin has authorities urging folks to stay off the roads and airlines warning of flight delays at Chicago's O'Hare and other airports in the region.

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5:09am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Today's 'Plan B' Vote: Part Of Posturing Or A Push Over The 'Fiscal Cliff?'

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 9:45 am

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  • On 'Morning Edition': Mara Liasson and David Greene

With the House set to vote this afternoon on Republicans' "Plan B" for avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff, the questions that have been asked every day for weeks are being asked yet again, with added urgency:

Are we headed over that "cliff" of automatic spending cuts, tax increases and expiring job benefits? Or are President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, closer to a deal than they're letting on in public?

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4:58am

Thu December 20, 2012
Sports

'Bowie Over Jordan': A New Look At The Pick That Still Haunts Portland NBA Fans

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 8:37 am

Sam Bowie of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots over Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game circa 1984-1988 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Bowie's NBA career is the subject of a new ESPN documentary airing Thursday.
Rick Stewart Getty Images

In 1984, the Portland Trail Blazers chose Sam Bowie, a 7-foot-1 center from the University of Kentucky, with the second pick in the college draft. The Chicago Bulls then took Michael Jordan.

The words "Bowie over Jordan" are part of pro basketball lore, and are still a source of pain for many fans of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. Bowie's tenure in Portland was marred by leg injuries; Jordan became a legend. ESPN recounts it all in a documentary about Bowie on Thursday night.

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