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Maryland's Bold Plan To Curb Hospital Costs Gets Federal Blessing

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 06:58

Hospitals in Maryland would be financially rewarded for keeping people healthy and out of the hospital. The arrangement, once unimaginable, could serve as a model for containing hospital costs elsewhere in the country.

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Cuba, Land Of The $250,000 Family Sedan

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 06:35

For the first time in five decades, the Cuban government has begun selling new and used vehicles to anyone who can afford them. But with used Volkswagen Passats priced at $70,000 and a 2013 Peugeot sedan priced at $250,000, it's pretty clear the Castro government doesn't really want to sell them. Why?

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Cuba, Land Of The $250,000 Family Sedan

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 06:35

For the first time in five decades, the Cuban government has begun selling new and used vehicles to anyone who can afford them. But with used Volkswagen Passats priced at $70,000 and a 2013 Peugeot sedan priced at $250,000, it's pretty clear the Castro government doesn't really want to sell them. Why?

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Target Says 70 Million Individuals' Data May Have Been Stolen

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 05:28

The number of people affected by a data breach during the holiday shopping season has increased dramatically. Target says customers names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses were taken. It's offering free credit monitoring and "zero liability" for any fraudulent charges.

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Economy Adds Only 74,000 Jobs In December; Jobless Rate At 6.7 Percent

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 05:15

The unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since late 2008, but the labor force has shrunk. That could be a sign that many Americans still think there just aren't that many job openings out there.

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Chemical Leak Causes Water Emergency In West Virginia

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 04:00

A chemical used to wash coal seeped into the Elk River near Charleston on Thursday. Customers in more than 100,000 homes and businesses that get their water from one local company have been advised not to drink, wash or bathe with what's coming from their taps. More than 480,000 people live in the affected area.

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Bitcoin Takes Stage In Texas Senate Campaign

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 04:00

A congressman vying for Sen. John Cornyn's seat announced that he'll accept campaign donations in bitcoin, raising questions about the value of the virtual currency in politics.

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Spalding Gray's Family Remembers A Man Who Was 'Never Boring'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 00:03

On the 10th anniversary of Spalding Gray's disappearance, his widow and stepdaughter remember the writer and monologist — and the difference he made in their lives.

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Picture This: Illustrator Gets Inspired By The Morning News

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 00:02

Last year, illustrator Maria Fabrizio was having a slow day at work, so she drew a picture of the pope "hanging up his hat." The idea caught on, and now she creates a news-inspired image every day on her Wordless News blog. Next week, all of her pictures will be inspired by Morning Edition.

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When Big Carnivores Go Down, Even Vegetarians Take The Hit

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 00:01

A drop in the numbers of fierce beasts worldwide might seem like good news for deer and antelope. But expanding herds of grass-eaters leave stream banks naked and vulnerable to erosion, and can even change the stream's course, according to scientists calling for more protection of large predators.

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Despite Dim Prospects, Syrian Exodus To Germany Continues

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 00:00

Germany is one of the few EU countries that has welcomed Syrians fleeing civil war. But it offers refuge only to a few thousand out of the millions who need it. And it actually deported Syrian asylum-seekers last year because of treaty requirements. Still, Syrians are risking their lives to get there.

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Sportswriter Who Let Readers Fill Out Hall Of Fame Ballot Is Banned

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 18:32

Dan Le Batard, a columnist for The Miami Herald who also appears on ESPN radio and television, says he turned his ballot over to Deadspin readers for many reasons, including a need for reform in Hall of Fame voting.

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Alcoa Will Pay $384 Million Penalty For Bahrain Bribes

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 17:19

The company's stock slumped after a criminal and civil settlement was announced – and after Alcoa also said it had missed Wall Street analysts' earnings estimates.

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Food Firms Trim Trillions Of Calories From Packaged Treats

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 16:37

In the past few years, major food manufacturers have introduced more healthful versions of their products, such as low-fat ice cream and "light" soups. These efforts have slashed 6.4 trillion calories from packaged foods sold in 2012, a study finds. But does that calorie drop help shrink Americans' growing waistlines?

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A Newly Potholed Bridge Pops Up On Christie's Road To 2016

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 16:23

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has found the George Washington Bridge in his way on the road to a potential 2016 presidential run. Right now, it's still an open question whether he'll get over it.

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