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Germany's Merck sees liquid crystals momentum slowing in second half

DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Demand for 3D screens and bigger televisions resulted in good growth for Merck KGaA's liquid crystals business in the second quarter, although that rate will slow as its Asian customers reduce inventories, the company said. Full story

Growing crystal meth use blurs drug-hungry Afghanistan's future

KABUL (Reuters) - Impoverished Afghanistan, already plagued by insurgency and struggling to contain crippling rates of opium addiction, faces another potential headache with spiraling usage of the synthetic drug crystal methamphetamine. Full story

Crystal 'Flowers' Bloom in Harvard Nanotech Lab

Imagine peering into a microscope and finding yourself in a garden. Full story

Color of Money: Sparkling Blue Mineral May Sell for $100K

Collectors prize the copper mineral linarite for its intense blue color, but specimens with crystals large enough to truly show off this hue are rare. Full story

New Joy Fit member lost 100 lbs.

   TODAY’s Joy Bauer inducts the newest Joy Fit Club member, Crystal Scott, who started gaining weight as a young child and became less social. One day in college she decided to change, and now she’s shed more than 100 pounds.

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Lisa Marsh from Good Housekeeping tried on 74 pairs of jeans in order to find the perfect fit. She says that whether you’re skinny, need some extra support or have long legs, there are jeans for you!

  'Bullypucky' deepens on anti-Hagel campaign

Rachel Maddow follows up on Friday's Code 3 Bullpucky Alert with further details that suggest that anti-Hagel TV ads are not from liberal or Democratic groups, contrary to their ostensible claims.

  New Year’s Eve ball adorned with crystal

Panels of Waterford crystal, chiseled with the images of doves symbolizing peace, were affixed to the giant ball Thursday. NBC’s Natalie Morales reports.

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TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb share some of their favorite stories from the weekend, like a party where Kathie Lee showed off her dance moves and some of their favorite hair and skin products.

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