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CNN Radio News Day: December 28, 2012
A protest in Mumbai on December 27, 2012, for better safety for women following the rape of a student in the Indian capital
December 28th, 2012
04:27 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 28, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • We've heard a lot about the fiscal cliff lately, but another potentially huge economic catastrophe was averted today – at least temporarily. Nearly 15,000 dock workers at ports from Boston to Houston had been threatening to strike. Jonathan Gold with the National Retail federation says it could have cost the economy a lot of money:

"When you take a look back at the last time we had a full shutdown of the coast-wide ports was back in 2002, when you had the entire West Coast that was shut down for 10 days for a lockout.  Most economists agree that cost the economy about a billion dollars a day."

  • America's political leaders are expected to spend the weekend in urgent talks aimed at keeping the economy from falling off the so-called fiscal cliff. If Republicans and Democrats can't reach a deal in the next few days, come January 1st a series of tax hikes and spending cuts will kick in. Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander remains optimistic:

"When the dust settles and everything is said and done federal, individual income taxes are not going to go up on almost all Americans next year.  That will either be settled this weekend by our votes or it will be settled after the first of the year."

  • Activists in India are calling for meaningful change after the brutal gang rapes of two young women in recent weeks. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is promising to make streets safer, saying the safety of women is his highest concern. But Seema Sirohi with the Indian Council on Global relations isn't convinced things will get better anytime soon:

"It's a societal change that needs to take place not just, you know, more police or better laws or better implementation.  All of that has to happen. But people also have to look at girl children as equal to boy children... They treat boys differently from the day they were born. "

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