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A Haven In A Land Of Unsafe Abortions

Wed, 2014-12-31 13:29

In India, abortions are legal. But women are often afraid or ashamed to seek an abortion. And for rural women, there may not be a facility nearby. Here is the story of one woman's decision.

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Long-Awaited College Football Playoff Finally Here

Wed, 2014-12-31 13:19

In one semifinal, top-ranked Alabama is pitted against Ohio State. In the other, defending champion and undefeated Florida State takes on Oregon. Robert Siegel talks to Grantland's Holly Anderson.

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Luck Be A Lentil Tonight! What The World Eats To Welcome The New Year

Wed, 2014-12-31 13:10

From Italy to Japan to the Philippines, people will hope for happiness, health and wealth as they sit down to a New Year's meal. Sometimes that last wish is expressed as actual money in the food.

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'Gilmore Girls' Actor Edward Herrmann, Who Also Portrayed FDR, Dies

Wed, 2014-12-31 13:03

He played the head vampire in The Lost Boys, a three-term president on TV and a beloved grandfather. The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor was 71. The cause was brain cancer, his manager said.

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No-Kill Shelters Save Millions Of Unwanted Pets — But Not All Of Them

Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

In the 20 years since San Francisco's SPCA guaranteed adoption for healthy dogs, shelters and rescue groups have embraced the no-kill approach. But the term means different things to different people.

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Rain Eases California Drought Anxiety, If Not The Actual Drought

Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

This year was the third-driest on record for the state, but recent storms, plus new groundwater regulations, have given the hardest-hit agricultural towns a glimmer of hope.

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6 Reasons Steve Scalise Will Survive His Speech Scandal

Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

The House majority whip's protestations of innocence about EURO and its views have strained credulity, both in Washington and in Louisiana. But it's not nearly enough to bring him down.

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After Years Of Conflict, U.S. Mission Shifts In Afghanistan

Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

With the start of the new year, the more than 10,000 American troops remaining there will take on more of a supporting role. But Afghan forces will still need help fighting the Taliban.

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The Prostitutes Are Not Happy. Neither Are Brides. Sex, Love And Ebola

Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

The prostitutes of Freetown can't find customers. A wedding planner's shop is stuffed with dresses but couples keep delaying the big day. And the condomologist reports that business isn't booming.

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2014 Stories At The Intersection Of Race And Sports

Wed, 2014-12-31 12:24

As the year winds down, Code Switch is taking a step back to pay tribute to some important — but perhaps forgotten — stories about race and sports.

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Palestinians Seek To Join International Criminal Court

Wed, 2014-12-31 11:57

Membership in the ICC could allow the Palestinians a means to pursue war crimes charges against Israel. But the move is likely to draw sharp response from Israel and the U.S.

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If You're Toasting To Health, Reach For Beer, Not (Sparkling) Wine

Wed, 2014-12-31 11:13

Though beer has been blamed for many a paunch, researchers say it's more nutritious than most other alcoholic drinks. Moderate consumption may also reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Sen. Rubio Says He Could Run For President Even If Jeb Bush Does

Wed, 2014-12-31 11:07

The Florida Republican tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that while he had not made a final decision on a run, "we're closer to a decision than we were a month ago."

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Food Psychology: How To Trick Your Palate Into A Tastier Meal

Wed, 2014-12-31 09:45

Ingredients and preparation matter in making a delicious dinner. But so do a lot of other external factors, from your mood to room lighting. Here, a guide to enhancing the pleasures of the plate.

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Using Both Quit Lines And Websites Helps Smokers Stop

Wed, 2014-12-31 09:23

Every state offers quit lines and other aids to help smokers end the habit. Using both telephone and online aids works best, a study finds.

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A Son Is Lost Without His Mother. So Is A Country

Wed, 2014-12-31 08:37

Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh is hailed as a hero in Nigeria. She and her team refused to release an Ebola patient who was demanding to leave the hospital. But her dedication came at a cost.

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Fallen Heroes: A Tribute to The Health Workers Who Died Of Ebola

Wed, 2014-12-31 08:31

The virus has taken a tragic toll in their ranks. At hospitals and clinics, their photos are displayed along with messages from their friends and family: "May you rest in perfect peace."

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Obama's Iran Remarks Labeled Conciliatory, Naive

Wed, 2014-12-31 08:11

In an interview with NPR, the president left open the door to reopen the embassy in Tehran, called Iran's defense concerns "legitimate" and said it could become a "successful regional power."

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Md. Governor To Commute Sentences Of State's Remaining Death Row Inmates

Wed, 2014-12-31 08:11

Martin O'Malley said it didn't make sense to allow this play out in the judiciary when the legislature had already decided to outlaw the death penalty.

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10 Final Thoughts Of The Protojournalist

Wed, 2014-12-31 07:13

As the sun sets on The Protojournalist storytelling project, I reflect on the question: What have I done?

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