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Illegal Wreath 'Tippers' Look For Some Under-The-Table Green

Wreaths are made from greens collected by "tippers," who snip about 14 or 15 inches off the limbs of fir trees. But Christmas wreaths are valuable enough to attract tree poachers, who cut limbs and even whole trees on private land. That means the wreath on your front door could contain stolen goods.
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Senate GOP Could Taste Sweet Revenge In Supreme Court Case

If the Obama administration winds up losing a Supreme Court case challenging President Obama's recess appointments, the Senate back story could make the win especially gratifying for Republicans.
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Government Sells Last Shares In GM, Loses $10 Billion

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced the government lost $10.7 billion on the deal but saved an estimated 1.5 million jobs in the industry.
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18 LA Sheriff's Deputies Indicted In Sweeping Jail Probe

Federal prosecutors have charged current and former deputies with unjustified beatings of inmates, unjustified detentions and obstruction of justice.
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Congress Tries To Craft Budget Deal Before Holiday Break

The Senate is back from vacation and trying to get a budget deal completed. The House plans to leave town for the year at the end of the week, which means the heat is on to settle on spending levels for 2014 and 2015. Democrats would also like to insert money for extended unemployment benefits, which expire at the end of December. If nothing else, negotiators want to agree on a "topline" spending amount to avoid another government shutdown when the current stopgap spending measure expires Jan. 15.
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Common Core Standards Could Knock As, Bs And Cs Off Report Cards

When it comes to report cards, most people think of grades like A, B, C or maybe F. But more and more parents around the country are seeing their kids come home with grades like E, M, IP or LP. It's part of a growing trend to make grades more reflective of the specific skills students have actually mastered, and its getting a boost from the move to Common Core standards.
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New American Airlines CEO Says Company Will Be Stronger

Audie Cornish talks with Doug Parker, CEO of the newly formed American Airlines Group. As of Monday, it's the largest airline in the world. It came about through the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. Parker worked more than two years for the merger to finally be completed.
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Supersized Cartoon Library Welcomes 'All Geeks And Dorks'

At a new library and museum in Ohio, Superman, the Yellow Kid and Calvin and Hobbes all live together. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum houses millions of pages of material, from political cartoons to the most iconic issues of superhero comic books.
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To Curb Costs, New California Health Plans Trim Care Choices

Insurers are holding down prices by including fewer doctors and hospitals in their health plans. Consumers may save money, but at the cost of more restrictions on where they can get medical care that is covered.
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Newtown Calls For 'Acts Of Kindness' On Shooting Anniversary

Relatives of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School say they will light candles in memory of the victims.

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