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Sat November 26, 2011
Election 2012

In Iowa, Obama Backers Seek To Rekindle Enthusiasm

President Obama's campaign is gearing up in the early states ahead of the 2012 election. In Iowa, Obama supporters are hoping to recapture at least some of the enthusiasm that catapulted a young senator from Illinois to victory in the state's leadoff caucuses four years ago.

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Sat November 26, 2011
Around the Nation

At LAPD, Predicting Crimes Before They Happen

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 3:17 pm

A resident talks with a Los Angeles police officer after another officer was wounded during a shooting in the city in August. Under a program the LAPD is rolling out this month, computer statistics will be used to predict where a crime will occur. Officials hope that the technique will help reduce crime.
Nick Ut AP

Capt. Sean Malinowski of the Los Angeles Police Department does his crime-fighting in front of a computer screen.

He's in the LAPD's Real Time Analysis and Critical Response Division, located in a new crime data and analysis center in downtown Los Angeles. Malinowski is tracking two crimes that just occurred in south Los Angeles. Patrol cars are already on the scene. He says this facility is state of the art in real-time policing. He wants the force to be the best in predicting where criminals will strike.

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Sat November 26, 2011

NBA Owners, Players Reach Tentative Deal

Originally published on Sat November 26, 2011 4:23 am

NBA Commissioner David Stern (right) and union executive director Billy Hunter speak to the media Saturday in New York City to announce a tentative labor agreement that would end the 149-day lockout.
Patrick McDermott Getty Images

After nearly two years of bickering, NBA players and owners are back on the same side.

"We want to play basketball," Commissioner David Stern said.

Come Christmas Day, they should be.

The sides reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season with a marquee triple-header Dec. 25. Most of a season that seemed in jeopardy of being lost entirely will be salvaged if both sides approve the handshake deal.

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Fri November 25, 2011
Music News

Witnessing The Second Coming Of Jeff Mangum

Neutral Milk Hotel performs at Spaceland in Los Angeles in 1998.
Daniel McClenaghan

It's been nearly 15 years since Neutral Milk Hotel released its iconic final album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, but the band and leader Jeff Mangum have never fallen off the radar.

With his bold, tinny voice and honest yet surreal lyrics, Mangum and his bandmates re-imagined how independent music could sound. Now that he's performing for the first time in more than a decade, Mangum is also rewriting the rules for how to tour as a musician.

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Fri November 25, 2011
The Two-Way

Black Friday Frenzy Sparks Violence At Some Stores

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 4:20 am

Shoppers wait to get inside of a Best Buy store on Nov. 25 in Naples, Fla.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Shoppers flooded stores across the country today as the holiday shopping season officially got under way and people rushed to grab Black Friday deals on electronics, toys and other merchandise.

More than 9,000 people waited outside Macy's Herald Square in New York City on Thursday night ahead of the midnight opening, according to The Associated Press. A Best Buy in St. Petersburg, Fla., had a line nearly 2,000 shoppers deep.

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