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All Tech Considered
5:50 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

What You Need To Know About Subprime Lending For Smartphones

Startup Better Finance is offering lease-to-own programs for high end smartphones. But some customers say that retail stores, such as MetroPCS, aren't always clear about the lease terms up front.
Larry W. Smith EPA/Landov

If you visit a local strip mall or downtown shopping street, it's not hard to find a store where customers can lease-to-own. That is, you can pay over time and eventually, after some chunky fees, a flat screen TV or living room set is yours.

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On Aging
5:50 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Services Offer A Means To Foil Widespread 'Elder Fraud'

More than a quarter of the victims of financial fraud are over 60.
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This is the season for generosity — and for con artists who take advantage of it.

Older adults are particularly vulnerable to scams; more than a quarter of the victims of financial fraud are over 60, according to the FTC. But now there are products on the market designed to protect seniors' nest eggs.

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The Two-Way
5:27 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Widespread Internet Outage Reported In North Korea

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 6:02 pm

North Korea's Internet is offline — days after President Obama pledged a "proportional response" to the communist country's alleged hacking of Sony Pictures, multiple news reports say.

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Code Switch
5:21 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

A Very Code Switch Christmas TV Special

PBS

It's that time around Christmas, when all we can see
is the same set of specials on network TV.
There's
Frosty, and Charlie, and Ralphie, and Kevin
But not too much brown in this mostly white canon.

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The Two-Way
4:45 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Jailed Cuban Spy's Wife Is Pregnant — With A Little Help From The U.S.

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:29 pm

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

Adriana Perez is expected to give birth to a baby girl in about two weeks.

That wouldn't be remarkable, except that Perez's husband, Gerardo Hernandez, spent most of the last decade-and-a-half in U.S. federal prison for leading a Cuban spy ring.

Hernandez was released last week as part of a prisoner swap with Cuba. He returned to Havana and raised eyebrows when he was greeted by his very pregnant wife.

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National Security
4:44 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Was Sony Pictures Hack 'Cyber Vandalism' Or Something More?

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:31 pm

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Around the Nation
4:44 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Mayor De Blasio Takes Heat As City Mourns Slain Police Officers

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:04 pm

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Education
4:44 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Groups Warn Of Dangers With Funding Of Universities By Koch Brothers

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:04 pm

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National Security
4:44 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Obama Considers Listing North Korea A 'Sponsor Of Terrorism' After Sony Hack

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:04 pm

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The Two-Way
4:31 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

'Dreamer' Immigrants Apply For Arizona Driver's Licenses

Ramon Maldonado takes his driving test with the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division. Many young immigrants protected from deportation under the Obama administration's new policies began pursuing driver's licenses in the state Monday.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Hundreds of people who entered the U.S. without documentation as children lined up to seek licenses in Arizona on Monday, days after the Supreme Court declined to support the state's ban on issuing licenses to young immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents.

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