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Stories for December 8, 2012

Not Just Patriotic, U.S. Manufacturing May Be Smart

Dec. 8
NPR Staff / NPR

The advantages to making products in the U.S. are starting to stack up -- and companies are taking notice. Among them are Apple, which announced Thursday it plans to start producing some of its Mac computers here instead of in China, and General Electric, which is making big investments at home.

Why This Video Makes This Editor Think Clinton Will Run In 2016

Dec. 8
Chris Connelly / NPR

There's an event held every year in Washington known as the Saban Forum -- named for Haim Saban, the Israeli-American media mogul who funds it. It's a night of elbow-rubbing between D.C. and Middle East political leadership, though foreign dignitaries are mostly Israeli.

Why This Video Makes One Editor Think Clinton Will Run In 2016

Dec. 8
Chris Connelly / NPR
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There's an event held every year in Washington known as the Saban Forum -- named for Haim Saban, the Israeli-American media mogul who funds it. It's a night of elbow-rubbing between D.C. and Middle East political leadership, though foreign dignitaries are mostly Israeli.

Next Post-Sandy Challenge: The Sea Of Damaged Cars

Dec. 8
Ilya Marritz / NPR
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Hurricane Sandy wrecked hundreds of thousands of cars all along the New York and New Jersey shorelines, and could cost auto insurers around $800 million. That's not their only problem; disposing of these water-damaged vehicles isn't so simple.

Orchestra Nova Closes Its Doors

Dec. 8
By Angela Carone
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The chamber group has filed for bankruptcy and is closing down.

Sign Of The Times: Labor Strikes May Make Comeback

Dec. 8
Scott Neuman / NPR

When clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reached an impasse in talks with management over job security last week, they took what has become something of a rare step -- they went on strike.

Week in Review: Elderly Atheists And Scrapping A Transportation Plan

Dec. 8
By Claire Trageser
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SANDAG's transportation plan is sent back to the drawing board, plus elderly atheists and other news of the week.

At Hanukkah, Pastry Reminds Portland Jews Of Their Mediterranean Roots

Dec. 8
Deena Prichep / NPR
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In some Jewish homes this Hanukkah, families will celebrate with an alternative to the traditional potato latke: the boyo. These Turkish-style stuffed pastries -- also known as bulemas, depending upon their shape and the village their maker comes from -- are made by Jews whose ancestors lived in the Ottoman Empire.

Once Boxed-In, Boehner May Finally Be Master Of The House

Dec. 8
Frank James / NPR
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Not long ago, it seemed to many observers that the House of Representatives was a case of the tail wagging the dog, with Speaker John Boehner unable to keep in line many of his fellow Republicans, especially freshmen who came to Congress riding the 2010 Tea Party wave.