7:15am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Confidence Dips; New Home Sales Rise

American consumers aren't feeling quite as confident this month as they were in November.

The widely watched Consumer Confidence Index from the private Conference Board declined to 65.1 in December from 71.5 the month before. It also fell slightly in November from October.

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6:51am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Salt

Hospital Bids Bye-Bye To Big Macs, Others May Follow Suit

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 10:25 am

Visitors to one Kansas City hospital will no longer be able to buy a Big Mac on the premises.
Keith Srakocic AP

The McDonald's at the Truman Medical Centers' main campus in Kansas City, Mo., has closed, ending an epic, two-decade stint inside the hospital and making it the fifth health facility in the past few years to give the Big Mac the boot.

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5:57am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Wintry Blast, 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

Snow-covered roads in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Jeff Swensen Getty Images

5:24am

Thu December 27, 2012
KALW Almanac

Thursday December 27, 2012

1927 -
  • 362nd Day of 2012 / 4 Remaining
  • 83 Days Until The First Day of Spring
  • Sunrise:7:24
  • Sunset:4:59
  • 9 Hours 35 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:4:45pm
  • Moon Set:6:40am
  • Moon’s Phase: 98 %
  • 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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5:21am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Putin Signals He Will Sign Law Banning U.S. Adoptions Of Russian Children

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 11:55 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Alexi Nikolsky AFP/Getty Images
  • From the NPR Newscast: Michele Kelemen reports.

Saying that he does not see "any reasons why I should not sign it," Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated today that he will approve legislation to bar Americans from adopting Russian children.

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5:04am

Thu December 27, 2012
Latin America

Maya Struggle With Poverty, Honoring Their Roots

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 6:11 am

The Mayan people of Mexico and Central America received quite a bit of attention this month thanks to a misinterpretation of their calendar. Word spread all over the globe that the ancient culture had predicted the world would end on Dec. 21.

The news attracted tens of thousands of tourists, who flocked to Mayan sites to await the prophecy. Since the world didn't end, the tourists went home. And now the modern-day Mayas go on with their lives marked by high rates of poverty and dependent on migration.

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4:54am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Elder President Bush In Intensive Care

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 10:07 am

Former President George H.W. Bush in June.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images for HBO

Though he is reportedly alert and enjoying a "running banter" with his nurses, former President George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit at Houston's Methodist Hospital.

The Houston Chronicle writes that "Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesman in Houston, said the 88-year-old's fever rose on Wednesday, but doctors at Methodist Hospital report he is doing better than the day before. He was admitted to the ICU on Sunday."

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4:21am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Wintry Weather Blasting Northeast On Its Way Out

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 10:05 am

Nathan Lee, 5, was using a "wovel" to move snow from his family's driveway earlier today in State College Pa.
Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times MCT /Landov

Update at 12:25 p.m. ET. More Deaths Reported:

The death toll from this week's massive winter storm that barreled across the nation from the West Coast and is now over New England has risen to at least 15, according to The Associated Press.

Among the latest fatalities to be reported: "A man and a woman in Evansville, Ind., were killed when the scooter they were riding went out of control on a snowy street Wednesday and they were hit by a pickup truck."

Our original post, from 7 a.m. ET:

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3:56am

Thu December 27, 2012
Around the Nation

Restored Wedding Album Given To Sandy Victims

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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3:47am

Thu December 27, 2012
Around the Nation

Times Square Hosts Good Riddance Day

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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