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US Consumers Expected To Spend $1.5 Billion On Cyber Monday Holiday Shopping
Retailers are predicting another uptick in online shopping this holiday season. Of course, it's convenient, you can shop in your jammies, and you can browse the whole Web for the best deal out there.
President Obama Delivers Statement On Fiscal Cliff

Fiscal cliff deadline looms amid year-end holidays

It's beginning to look a lot like a Fiscal Cliffmas!With the President in Hawaii for the holiday and Congress not due back in Washington until Thursday, time is running out to come up with a deal before 2013.
Call Of Duty
The National Rifle Association, or NRA, says violent video games are partly to blame for the mass shootings in Newtown. Last week the NRA's chief lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, singled out some of those games during a press conference.
Zero Dark Thirty
"Zero Dark Thirty," the Kathryn Bigelow directed film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is under attack from politicians in Washington. Michael Morrell, the acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, says it creates the false impression that the use of enhanced interrogation techniques helped the agency find bin Laden.
Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Releases First Book For Adults

Book critic David Kipen offers last-minute gift advice

It's only one more day until Christmas, so many people are panicking about what to buy. It's no question what book critic David Kipen might suggest for a present.

One mom explains which toys not to buy for her kids

Mommy blogger Karen Alpert warns would-be gift givers about which toys most parents would rather their kids not receive.

Update on outcome of Egyptian elections

Egypt appears to have voted in a new Islamist-backed constitution on Saturday, preliminary results indicate that the draft constitution passed with 64 percent of the vote. But overall turnout over the two-day election was low, just over 30 percent.
American Fuel Up On Cheaper Gas Over The Border Of Mexico

Many suffer through excessive wait times at US-Mexico border crossing

For anyone who crosses the U.S.-Mexico border, long wait times are a constant source of frustration. That's especially true during the holiday season. But the port of entry between Tijuana and San Diego is being expanded.
Silver Linings Playbook
Jacki Weaver, star of "Silver Linings Playbook," joins the show to talk about the film, mastering the Philadelphia accent and playing Robert DeNiro's wife.
Mexicans Await Presidential Elections
KPCC's Vanessa Romo reports on one particular budget battle that goes on in Latino families all over Southern California, all year long. The quinceañera.
BHC Santa 1

Where you can find Santa Claus in LA

Santas in Los Angeles aren't all rosy-cheeked. L.A. actually offers a number of ethnic Santas for people of color.
Dr. Seuss
The new book "The Cat Behind the Hat," reveals many of Dr. Seuss's darker, and intensely personal paintings for the first time.

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