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Stories for January 5, 2013

What Happens When The Speaker Isn't Talking?

Jan. 5
Frank James / NPR
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The last thing Washington policymakers need is another obstacle to reaching agreements in the next two months on mandatory spending cuts and raising the nation's debt limit.

Looking For Lost Memories In The Delta

Jan. 5
Claire O'Neill / NPR

Photographer Eugene Richards had several reasons to visit the Arkansas Delta 40 years after his initial visit.

Gunman, Hostages Reported Dead In Aurora, Colo., Standoff

Jan. 5
Melisa Goh / NPR

Four people are dead inside an Aurora, Colo., home Saturday following a standoff with an "armed and dangerous" man holding hostages, police say. Aurora is the Denver suburb where a gunman opened fire in a movie theater last July, killing 12 and injuring many more.

Week in Review: Yoga Controversy and District 4 Disenfranchisement

Jan. 5
By Claire Trageser
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The yoga class controversy, District 4 voting mess, plan for a new Chargers stadium and some of the other stories we covered this week.

Long-Term Unemployed Seem To Be Staying That Way

Jan. 5
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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The latest figures show December was another month of steady, moderate job growth. But for many people still struggling with long-term unemployment, the situation hasn't actually changed much at all.

Illinois Claws At Mountain Of Unfunded Pension Liability

Jan. 5
David Schaper / NPR
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Illinois' pension-fund shortfall is by far the largest in the nation, and the clock is ticking for the state's governor and lawmakers to tackle the problem before a new Legislature is sworn in next week. So far, their proposals have stoked frustration from state employees and retirees.

Big Quake Off Southern Alaska Coast Causes Tsunami

Jan. 5
Dana Farrington / NPR

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 hit off the coast of southeastern Alaska just before midnight local time Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS initially reported the quake to be a 7.7.