Take Two for January 2, 2013

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The political repercussions of the fiscal cliff deal

It seems that the dreaded tumble over the fiscal cliff was avoided. Though the House didn't vote until after the Monday deadline, but there is a deal. It avoids cuts to defense and other programs, and prevents an income tax increase for all but the richest Americans, but it's still a short-term deal.
Markets Soar On Budget Deal OnFirst Trading Day Of 2013
KPCC's Matt DeBord talks about economist Robert Gordon's theory that the period of economic growth that began in the 18th century may be drawing to an end.
Chihuahuas Overwhelm California Animal Shelters

LA city animal shelters celebrate a no-kill December

December 2012 was the first month on record that no adoptable healthy animals were euthanized by L.A. animal shelters. About 4,000 fewer animals were killed this year.
Panamanian Golden Frog
Hundreds of species of frogs from the basins of the Sierra Nevada to Panama, and even extending to Australia and Europe, face extinction due to a deadly fungus.
124th Rose Parade Presented By Honda

Remembering the Korean War after 60 years

It was nearly 60 years ago that Americans fighting a grueling war in Korea saw an end in sight. The armistice to end the war was signed in July 1953, but since then, the Korean War has often been called, "The Forgotten War.
Unbored
You've done a lot this holiday season. You've gone to see some movies, went up to the mountains for a day in the snow, maybe even headed to the mall for some post-holiday sales.So now what?If you've got kids at home for winter break and are looking for creative ways to keep them occupied, you'll want to check out a new book called "Unbored: The Essential Field Guide To Serious Fun.
Members of social organizations protest

Why Guantanamo Bay remains in operation

Shortly after President Obama took office in 2009, he vowed that he would close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within a year. But as of now it remains open.Joining us once again to talk about what's been happening of late at Gitmo is Mattathias Schwartz, a contributor for the New Yorker magazine who has been covering Guantanamo.
New York And New Jersey Continue To Recover From Superstorm Sandy
The draft ended almost 40 years ago, and even though the U.S. population has grown, the size of the military has declined.
Google Maps Returns To Apple's iPhone
Google is facing off against Apple, Facebook and Amazon in a tech rumble that's promising to heat up this year.
Gov. Brown Signs Legislation At Google HQ That Allows Testing Of Autonomous Vehicles

Driverless car development making aggressive progress

If your New Year's Eve plans involve going out on the town, maybe having a drink — or two, or three — Lets hope you've got a designated driver on board to shuttle you around.
Bull Moose, opus 413

Lawsuit between origami enthusiasts unfolds

KPCC's Sanden Totten examines the unfolding drama between origami maker Robert Lang and painter Sarah Morris.
Meghan Laslocky
We've all been there before... dumped. Broken hearted. Certain that you will never find love again.
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