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Europe
6:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Great-Great Grandmother's Gift List Keeps Growing

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Sports
4:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Michael Jordan Sneakers Sell For More Than $33,000 At Auction

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Your Money
3:02 am
Fri December 19, 2014

When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

Keith Herie is swamped in debt from medical issues he and his wife encountered starting about a decade ago. Heartland hospital is seizing 10 percent of his paycheck and 25 percent of his wife's wages, and has placed a lien on their home.
Steve Hebert for ProPublica

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 8:32 am

On the eastern edge of St. Joseph, Mo., lies the small city's only hospital, a landmark of modern brick and glass buildings. Everyone in town knows Heartland Regional Medical Center — many residents gave birth to their children here. Many rush here when they get hurt or sick.

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3:02 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Exchange Of Spies Was Critical To U.S.-Cuba Deal

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Around the Nation
3:02 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Transparency Vs. Privacy: What To Do With Police Camera Videos?

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3:02 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Cuban-American Congressional Leaders Vow To Fight Obama's Proposals

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5:24 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Santa Pays An Early Visit To Cape Cod Eateries

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World
5:24 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Correct Name Gets Canadian Woman A Free European Trip

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Afghanistan
3:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Fight Against Corruption In Afghanistan Press On

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3:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Rep. Sires Pushes Back Against Obama's Cuba Plans

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3:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

S.C. Judge Rules 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong

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3:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Rapprochement With Cuba: What It Includes And Excludes

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OK, that report came to us from NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, and she's on the line with us still this morning. Hi, Lourdes.

LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: Hi.

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3:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

How Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' Became A Holiday Tradition

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Here is a holiday tradition that seems as old as Christmas trees and mistletoe.

(SOUNDBITE OF PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY SONG, "NUTCRACKER OVERTURE")

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3:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Obama Announces Diplomatic Thaw With Cuba

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U.S.
8:51 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Cuba, U.S. Agree To Prisoner Release Including American Alan Gross

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Animals
5:53 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Stray Cat In Russia Feasts On Fish

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Europe
4:58 am
Wed December 17, 2014

AP Photographer Snaps Engagement Photo

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Shots - Health News
3:04 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

Sandra Lopez (left) and her dog, Coco, greet hospice nurse Heather Meyerend last fall. In the weeks before Lopez died, Meyerend stopped by weekly to check her physical health, pain levels and medications.
Amy Pearl WNYC

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:27 pm

Sandra Lopez and her Chihuahua, Coco, were inseparable. He followed her everywhere, and kept Lopez's mood up when she was in pain — which was often.

On Oct. 15, 2014, Lopez died at age 49 of melanoma that had slowly spread throughout her body over the course of two years.

Lopez was in and out of the hospital in 2014, but during the months she was home, a hospice nurse from the Metropolitan Jewish Health System visited once a week to help manage the pain, backed up by a 24-hour, nurse-staffed phone line that Lopez called often.

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3:04 am
Wed December 17, 2014

DOJ Intervention May Help Conn. Police Regain Community's Trust

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 9:29 am

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3:04 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Obama Expected To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

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3:04 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Pakistan Observes 3 Days Of Mourning After School Attack

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3:04 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Senate Adjourns, GOP To Take Over In January

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 9:29 am

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The 113th Congress has officially come to a close. The Senate adjourned late last night after passing a bill to extend tax breaks and confirming a slew of nominations. NPR's Ailsa Chang reports.

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5:31 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Robot Flies Economy From LA To Frankfurt

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Animals
5:31 am
Tue December 16, 2014

New York Bans The Tattooing And Piercing Of Pets

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Asia
5:03 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Dozens Killed As Taliban Gunmen Storm Pakistani School

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Middle East
3:26 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Contestant From War-Torn Syria Wins 'Arab Idol'

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 4:09 pm

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3:11 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Sony On The Defensive After Hackers Attack Its Computer Network

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3:11 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Hostage Drama Unfolds Violently In Sydney

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Europe
4:15 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Element Of Marriage Proposal Damages Building

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:16 am

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Europe
3:58 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Hallucinogenic Mushrooms Found At Buckingham Palace

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:16 am

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