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Rundown for November 23, 2012
12:06 PM EDT 3 Comments

Retailers Fight Back Against Smartphone-Armed Shoppers

As hordes of Black Friday shoppers descend on stores in search of deals, many of them are armed with something that has retailers shaking in their boots: smartphones.

12:15 PM EDT Comment

Egyptians Protest Over Presidential Power Grab

Protests have erupted across Egypt and the offices of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party have been burned, in response to Morsi giving himself sweeping powers.

12:25 PM EDT Comment

JFK’s Hometown Marks Anniversary

At this time 49 years ago, the nation was reeling from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. There will be a memorial at his childhood home in Brookline, Mass.

12:35 PM EDT 15 Comments

Is It A Drone? A Swarm Of Bees? A UFO?

Technically the images captured by multiple video cameras in Denver are UFOs – unidentified flying objects – because no one knows what they are. Experts have ruled out birds, bugs and drones.

12:40 PM EDT Comment

Fighting Irish Return To The Top

Notre Dame, one of the most storied programs in college football history, is rebuilding its mystique. The Fighting Irish are on the cusp of their first national championship since 1988.

12:50 PM EDT 5 Comments

Teen Detective ‘Colin Fischer’ Explores The Autistic Mind

Imagine being an alien anthropologist stranded on Earth. That’s how the title character is described in “Colin Fischer.” The book could help readers better understand people on the autism spectrum.

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From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

June 29 5 Comments

First Known Plane Hijacking Was A Flight To Freedom

Nearly 60 years ago, a forced laborer in a Hungarian brick factory hatched a far-fetched plan to escape.

June 29 24 Comments

Paul Thurmond Explains His Change Of Heart On The Confederate Flag

The state senator is now among those calling for the flag to be removed from near the South Carolina State House.

June 26 4 Comments

What Happens When Mavericks Gather For Family Reunion

Their family name inspired the English word we know today. We drop in on their unusual family reunion in San Antonio.

June 25 79 Comments

Controversial New Textbooks Go Into Use This Fall In Texas

The books contain information challenged by academics, that critics say is making education far too political.