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Opponents To Challenge Calif. School Act
Opponents of a new California law that aims to accommodate transgender students say they've gathered enough signatures to challenge it on next year's ballot. In August, Governor Jerry Brown signed the law requiring schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and join the sports teams that match their gender identity.
Want More Holiday Music? Ring Up Dial-A-Carol
Missing the Christmas spirit? David Greene and Linda Wertheimer report Dial-a-Carol may help you get into the holiday mood.
Fed's Final 2013 Meeting Could Indicate Course For Early 2014
Federal Reserve officials end a two-day meeting on Wednesday amid signs that the U.S. economy is slowly mending. Host talks to David Wessel, economics editor of "The Wall Street Journal," about the Fed's last meeting of the year.
The Last Word In Business
David Greene has the Last Word in business.
Law Schools See Drop In First-Year Students
Law schools are seeing their lowest enrollment numbers of first-year students since the 1970s. It's partly due to the recent recession and partly due to the high cost of law school, according to the president of the American Bar Association.
Is The Primary System To Blame For Partisanship?
Many observers say increasing partisanship in America is the result of gerrymandered districts, which allow partisan voters to determine candidates for Congress. A new analysis tests this theory.
Faction Fighting Flares In South Sudan
Linda Wertheimer talks to reporter Andrew Green in Juba about the fighting in South Sudan.
Fla. School To Change Controversial Name
A school board in Jacksonville, Florida, has decided that one of its schools should no longer be named after Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was also a general in the Civil War. Nathan Bedford Forrest High School received its name in the 1950s, and for decades the decision has been debated.
Protesters In Ukraine Agitated By Economic Deal With Russia
As pro-Europe protests continue in Ukraine, the country's president signs a deal getting billions of dollars worth of loans and gas discounts from Russia. It's the latest move in a tug-of-war over whether that brawny country will align itself economically with Europe or Russia.
Senate's Secret Santa Successful
In the Senate, partisan bickering was put on hold for a brief time as the senators held a holiday gift exchange Tuesday night. The idea for the Senate Secret Santa gift exchange came from Minnesota Democrat Al Franken.