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For An Injured Vet, A True Homecoming On The Horizon

NPR News - Wed, 2013-12-25 04:06

Since returning from Iraq, Jerral Hancock, a single father of two, has been living in a poorly constructed mobile home with doors and hallways too narrow for his wheelchair. When a group of high school students found out, they decided to do something about it.

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When Is Cinnamon Spice Not So Nice? The Great Danish Debate

NPR News - Wed, 2013-12-25 03:00

Cinnamon swirls are beloved in Denmark, but recent testing by the Danish government found many of these rolls had more of the spice than allowed by European health guidelines. Now bakers may have to change their time-tested recipes. Too much cinnamon? Yes, there is such a thing.

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No Rest For Ye Merry NBA Players This Christmas

NPR News - Wed, 2013-12-25 00:23

Pro sports have become almost part and parcel of major American holidays. The NBA's Christmas Day lineup this year has grown to a whopping 13 straight hours of nationally televised games.

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Why We Hold Tight To Our Family's Holiday Food Traditions

NPR News - Wed, 2013-12-25 00:22

We asked for stories of the holiday food traditions your family cherishes. And we learned that many of you are reviving special dishes this year to pay tribute to your heritage and ancestors.

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Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art?

NPR News - Wed, 2013-12-25 00:21

As the city tries to emerge from bankruptcy, the artwork in the Detroit Institute of Arts — a collection appraised at more than $850 million — might wind up on the auction block. But a federal judge mediating Detroit's bankruptcy has a plan that just might keep the art in the city — and reduce cuts to retirees' pensions.

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How House Speaker Boehner Survived A Roller-Coaster Year

NPR News - Wed, 2013-12-25 00:17

Speaker of the House John Boehner's year began with members of his own party trying to oust him from the speakership. Thus began a year of rocky relations with the Tea Party wing of the House Republican caucus. But by year's end, Boehner was firmly in control of his gavel.

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What's In Store For Commuting's Future? (Hint: There's Hope)

NPR News - Wed, 2013-12-25 00:16

Students thinking about the road ahead for transportation imagine everything from flying cars and hovercraft to crowdsourced car design and driverless vehicles. A key part of planning, says one expert, is that changes must not only make life better for commuters, they must also be done in a way "that this planet can support."

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All Thousands Want For Christmas Is Electricity

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-24 23:12

A half-million utility customers — from Maine to Michigan and into Canada — lost power in an ice storm last weekend. One utility called it the worst storm during Christmas week in its history. Repair crews were working around the clock to restore service.

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Ex-N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer And Wife End Two-Decade Marriage

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-24 20:23

Eliot Spitzer and wife Silda Wall Spitzer made the announcement Tuesday. She stood by his side in 2008 when he resigned after admitting he paid for sex with prostitutes.

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Drummer Ricky Lawson, 59, Dies After Aneurism

NPR News - Tue, 2013-12-24 20:03

Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, has died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was 59.

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