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Stories for December 22, 2013

After Target's Data Breach, Customer Incentive Disappoints

Dec. 22
Jim Zarroli / NPR
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Target is trying to get back in its customers' good graces after a massive data breach affecting some 40 million credit and debit account holders. The giant retail chain offered its customers a 10 percent discount over the weekend as an act of atonement, but business was said to be down anyway.

A Pinball Monopoly, Camel Trekking In Texas, Charles Dickens' Mistress

Dec. 22
NPR Staff / NPR

This week on the podcast, we meet a tour guide leading camels through the wilderness, and a pinball manufacturer who wants to shake up his industry.

In The World Of Pinball, An Underdog Takes On The Giant

Dec. 22
Francesca Fenzi / NPR

For more than a decade, Stern Pinball was the only manufacturer of pinball machines. The Chicago-based company's last rival closed down in 1999.

4 US Troops Injured After Gunfire Hits Aircraft In South Sudan (Video)

Dec. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Four American service members are currently in stable condition at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, after their military aircraft was attacked with gunfire in South Sudan on Saturday.

Museums Give Video Games Bonus Life, But The Next Level Awaits

Dec. 22
April Fehling / NPR
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The long-running debate over whether video games constitute art may finally be moot -- at least as far as the Smithsonian American Art Museum is concerned. Last week, SAAM acquired two video games, Halo 2600 and Flower, for its permanent collection.

Pension Cut Angers Senate's Staunchest Military Supporters

Dec. 22
David Welna / NPR
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In the two-year, $2 trillion budget deal that cleared the Senate last week, one item, worth just one-sixth of 1 percent of that total, was the reason many senators said they voted against it.

For Two Young Doctors, Working On Christmas Was A Privilege

Dec. 22
John Henning Schumann / NPR
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December is supposed to be the time of year filled with family gatherings and holiday good cheer. For medical residents, quite the opposite is true.

Grasslands Get Squeezed As Another 1.6 Million Acres Go Into Crops

Dec. 22
Dan Charles / NPR
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As the year winds down, we here at NPR are looking at a few key numbers that explain the big trends of 2013.