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Stories for November 23, 2012

'Dallas' Villain Larry Hagman Dies At 81

Nov. 23
Dana Farrington / NPR
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Larry Hagman, who played the villain J.R. Ewing on television's long-running, prime-time soap opera Dallas, has died. He was 81.

Black Friday For Comics

Nov. 23
By Beth Accomando
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Everyone probably knows what a Black Friday Sale is but do you know about a 4 Color Friday Sale? See how one comic book shop is competing with malls and big box stores.

David Copley Leaves Behind Multi-Generational Legacy, Wealth, Land

Nov. 23
By Joanne Faryon
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Former Union-Tribune publisher and socialite David Copley was once listed among country's 400 richest Americans. He died this week.

Russia, U.S. Seek To Resolve Friction On Adoptions

Nov. 23
Corey Flintoff / NPR
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Americans have been adopting Russian children in sizable numbers for two decades, and most of the unions have worked out well. But it remains a sensitive topic in Russia, where officials periodically point to high-profile cases of abuse or other problems.

Staying Healthy Through The Holidays

Nov. 23
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It's the time of year when many people cram into planes, trains and automobiles, and while visiting friends and family may be fun, getting sick is not. We'll tell you how to keep from getting sick around the holidays and why you need to prepare your home when small children visit.

Business Expert Explains How To Avoid Charity Scams

Nov. 23
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When you give a donation to someone at the door or round-up your grocery bill for charity at the cash register, who gets the money? How can we tell which charities are well-run and effective?

100 Faces From USS Vinson In One Minute (Video)

Nov. 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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Do you have a loved one who's a member of the USS Carl Vinson crew? See if you can spot him or her in this video made by the Vinson's communications team, featuring 100 different crew members.

Earlier Black Friday Kicks Off Shopping Season

Nov. 23
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This year's Black Friday shoppers were split into two distinct groups: those who wanted to fall into a turkey-induced slumber and those who'd rather shop instead.

Why 'Black Friday' Has Dark Roots

Nov. 23
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Black Friday may not yet be a bigger holiday than Thanksgiving, but it certainly has a bigger marketing budget. Retailers may have needed it to overcome the term's long and negative history.

Calif.-Vegas Party Train Could Hit Tracks In 2013

Nov. 23
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The long trip from Southern California to Las Vegas is about to get bigger, better and boozier.

San Diego Port Says Personal Emails Not Public's Business

Nov. 23
Brooke Williams, Investigative Newsource
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The Unified Port of San Diego says the public will stay in the dark with regard to Port Commissioner and Congressman-elect Scott Peters' personal emails. The Investigations Desk requested all communication between Peters and UT San Diego CEO John Lynch.

More Than 34,000 California Teens Start Smoking Each Year

Nov. 23
By Kenny Goldberg
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Smoking control advocates say too many California teens light up.

Undocumented And Unafraid

Nov. 23
By Laurel Morales
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An estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States. And most of them live in hiding. But now, a small group of mostly young people are opening up about their status. They admit -- and sometimes shout -- that they are undocumented and unafraid.

How To Oust A Congressman, SuperPAC-Style

Nov. 23
Peter Overby / NPR
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After spending millions of dollars in the presidential and Senate campaigns with little to show for it, many superPACs and other outside groups are still tending their wounds. But it's too soon to write off superPACs as a waste of wealthy donors' money.

Cuomo, Christie And Building Consensus

Nov. 23
Anna Sale / NPR
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The governors of New York and New Jersey are beginning to plan for the rebuilding of their states after Superstorm Sandy.

A Father Remembers The Son He Lost To War

Nov. 23
NPR Staff / NPR
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Army Spc. Matthew Bolar was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq five years ago. He was 24 years old.