6:12am

Fri December 21, 2012
Shootings In Newtown, Conn.

The NRA Isn't The Only Opponent Of Gun Control

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 10:20 am

Entering into the discussion about how to respond to last week's school shootings in Newtown, Conn., the National Rifle Association on Friday called for putting "qualified armed security" in all schools.

It's a message that echoes calls from some state lawmakers and other gun groups that haven't been as silent as the NRA over the past week.

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5:53am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Spending, Orders For Durable Goods Rose In November

Shoppers at a K-B Toy store in northern Virginia last month.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

There are two positive economic signals to pass along this morning:

-- The Census Bureau says orders for durable goods rose 0.7 percent in November from October. That follows a 1.1 percent rise in October from September and is the sixth increase in the past seven months.

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5:30am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Everybody Over The Cliff?

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 6:25 am

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Thursday in the Capitol.
Alex Wong Getty Images

House Speaker John Boehner's "major defeat" Thursday night β€” when he had to pull his "Plan B" to extend Bush-era tax cuts for nearly all American taxpayers because he couldn't get enough support from his fellow Republicans β€” means negotiations about avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff remain at an impasse.

So now what?

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5:04am

Fri December 21, 2012
KALW Almanac

Friday December 21, 2012

1970 - Elvis meets Nixon
  • 356th Day of 2012 / 10Remaining
  • 1st Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:21
  • Sunset:4:55
  • 9 Hours 34 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:12:40pm
  • Moon Set:1:18am
  • Moon’s Phase: 66 %
  • 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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4:58am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

#MomentForSandyHook In Memory Of Newtown Victims

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 6:38 am

Stuffed animals and flowers at a makeshift memorial near the entrance to the grounds of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Update at 9:36 a.m. ET: In Newtown and across the nation, bells rang starting at 9:30 a.m. ET, to honor the 20 children and six adults killed one week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. And on the Web, it appears many did take part in #MomentForSandyHook β€” judging from the sharp slowdown in our Twitter feed.

Our original post:

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4:26am

Fri December 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Seattle House Is Too Small For Christmas Tree

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 8:16 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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4:21am

Fri December 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Holiday Lights Flip Neighbors 'The Bird'

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 8:16 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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4:14am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Apocalypse Not? Seems Like It

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 6:24 am

This morning on a beach in Brazil, some celebrated summer's first day β€” and the news that the world didn't end.
Antonio Scorza AFP/Getty Images

So, it looks like all that talk about the Mayan calendar and the end of the world coming today was just ... talk.

But the fun continues. NASA's Voyager 2 Twitter feed, for instance, has this:

"END MAYACAL BTUN 12.19.19.17.19 SHUTDOWN:UNIV(12) BEGIN BTUN 13.0.0.0.0 BOOT:UNIV(13)."

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2:16am

Fri December 21, 2012
Politics

Plug Pulled On 'Plan B,' House Breaks For Christmas

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 8:16 am

House Speaker John Boehner pauses during a news conference Thursday. House GOP leaders abruptly canceled a vote on his measure after they failed to round up enough votes for it to pass.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

House Speaker John Boehner was dealt a major defeat Thursday night. After spending most of the week trying to round up votes for his "Plan B" to extend tax cuts for virtually everyone, he pulled the measure without a vote and sent the House home for Christmas. The clock keeps ticking toward the end of the year, when automatic tax increases and spending cuts are set to hit.

Early Thursday, Boehner expressed confidence not only that his bill would pass but that the Democratic-controlled Senate would feel so much pressure, it would be forced to consider it, too.

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1:52am

Fri December 21, 2012
NPR Story

Business News

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 8:16 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with hard time for another Madoff.

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