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Rundown for December 19, 2013
12:06 PM EDT 3 Comments

Putin Says He Will Pardon Jailed Oil Tycoon

After a four-hour-long press conference, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced he’ll pardon former Russian billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

12:20 PM EDT Comment

Health Law Deadline Prompts Fresh Crop of Ads

Several groups are ratcheting up their television and social media campaigns — either to get people to sign up for coverage, or to denounce the health care law.

12:25 PM EDT 4 Comments

20-Year-Old Decides On Double Mastectomy After Gene Test

Thanks to genetic testing, young women can find out whether they have a high risk of breast cancer. That could be why more young women are getting mastectomies, often against doctors’ advice.

12:35 PM EDT Comment

NASA Orders Urgent Spacewalks

NASA has ordered a number of spacewalks to fix a broken cooling system on the International Space Station. The spacewalks are expected to start this weekend and could stretch into Christmas.

12:40 PM EDT Comment

Anti-Terror Forces Face Accusations After Mall Attack

The attack on a shopping mall in Kenya three months ago exposed the violent conflict between Kenyan police and the Somali militant group al-Shabab.

12:50 PM EDT Comment

Merry White’s Lessons On Cooking For Crowds

With the 40th anniversary edition of “Cooking For Crowds” now hitting bookstores, author Merry White joins us with a lesson on cooking for 50.

1:06 PM EDT 4 Comments

Advisory Panel Recommends More Oversight For NSA

If President Barack Obama follows even half of the recommendations urged by his advisory panel, the National Security Agency would significantly change the way it does business.

1:20 PM EDT 2 Comments

What The Fed’s ‘Taper’ Means For Investors

Economic analyst Robert Johnson joins us to discuss what this means for investors and interest rates, as well as homeowners and the housing market.

1:25 PM EDT 5 Comments

Help Thy Neighbor Shovel

Joseph Porcelli created Neighbors for Neighbors to connect volunteer “snow crews” with the elderly and people with disabilities who need help shoveling.

1:35 PM EDT 4 Comments

Target: Problem Is Fixed, But Customers Should Check Charge Accounts

Target says it’s fixed the problem that allowed credit and debit card information on as many as 40 million accounts to be stolen. It says credit card holders can continue to shop at its stores.

1:40 PM EDT 31 Comments

The ‘Affluenza’ Defense

The case of a wealthy Texas teen who received a lenient sentence for a deadly drunk driving crash has ignited public outrage over a criminal defense: “affluenza.”

1:50 PM EDT 2 Comments

From Hollywood Stardom To The Cloistered Life

Dolores Hart was a rising star in Hollywood who shared an on-screen kiss with Elvis Presley. In 1963, she stunned the film world when she decided to become a nun.

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Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.