10:32am

Thu December 20, 2012
Business

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

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 12:53 pm

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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10:26am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Armored Backpacks, Volunteer Guards Among Responses To School Shootings

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 10:47 am

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Craig Pusley stood guard Wednesday at Hughson Elementary School in Modesto, Calif.
Ed Crisostomo MCT /Landov

The latest stories about how the nation is reacting to last Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 first-graders and six adults dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School, include:

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10:09am

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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9:39am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Sales Of Existing Homes Hit Three-Year High

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 10:04 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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9:01am

Thu December 20, 2012
Business

Shreveport tech firm set to transform Web commenting system

Logic Nation president Bart Bordelon (left) and chief technology officer Alexander Barenboim discuss the potential of their start-up tech firm in Shreveport.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Shreveport-based digital technology firm is set to launch a platform that will transform the way people make online comments and follow discussions across the Web. Logic Nation’s president Bart Bordelon says online posts will become orderly and informed once the technology rolls out early next year.

"We've actually changed the way people will react to the information and their commenting systems," Bordelon said. "We've fixed a 10-year-old problem on the Web, and brought order to chaos with discussion."

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8:13am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 1:34 pm

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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7:51am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Third Quarter Economic Growth Revised Up Again

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 7:48 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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7:35am

Thu December 20, 2012
What Was I Thinking

What Was I Thinking for December 20, 2012

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain travels back to the time of Rousseua and part two of a look at his futuristic visions on Goverenment.




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7:31am

Thu December 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Blizzard Warnings In Upper Midwest; Possible Tornado In Alabama

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 11:26 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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7:09am

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 11:45 am

Alex Wong Getty Images
  • 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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