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Shots - Health News
3:08 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Medicine's Subtle Art Gives A Man The Chance To Breathe Again

Bob Smithson, 79, can now hold his head upright and breathe on his own, thanks to a medication for myasthenia gravis.
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Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 2:57 pm

Bob Smithson had been in the critical care unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston for more than a week. He had a rare neuromuscular disease, and his 78-year-old body was being kept alive by tubes that delivered air to his lungs and food to his stomach.

Then Bob's wife, Pat, got some really disturbing news. The hospital's medical staff wanted Bob to have a tracheostomy, a surgical procedure that would carve a hole in his neck and allow doctors to keep him on a breathing machine indefinitely.

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Sports
3:07 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Buffalo Bills Flag Officials For Excessive Celebration On Losing Play

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 5:44 am

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2:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

In Largest Transfer Since 2009, 6 Leave Guantanamo For Uruguay

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 2:37 pm

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Media
2:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

New 'New Republic': A 'Vertically Integrated Digital Media Company'

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 5:44 am

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Around the Nation
2:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Landrieu's Loss Flips Lingering Holdout Of Democrats' 'Solid South'

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 5:44 am

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Sports
5:36 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Wilt Chamberlain Gets Extra-Long Stamp

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Media
5:36 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Russian Newspaper Tries Reporting Only Good News

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National Security
3:56 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Obama Points To Ashton Carter For Defense Secretary

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3:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

In Oakland, The Disconnect Between Young People And Police

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 11:07 am

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Some people are also seeking a way forward, as we hear from Joi Smith of Youth Radio.

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3:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Prep Work Contributes To Successful Protest Turnout

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Theater
3:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Suzan-Lori Parks' New Play, 'Father Comes Home From The Wars'

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History
3:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Richard III's DNA Indicates Family Infidelity

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 5:27 pm

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Politics
5:16 am
Thu December 4, 2014

16 Things Michele Bachmann Will Miss About Congress

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:57 am

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Technology
5:16 am
Thu December 4, 2014

YouTube Retools To Accommodate 'Gangnam Style'

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:57 am

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. You might've thought you'd heard the song for the last time.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GANGNAM STYLE")

PSY: (Singing) Oppa Gangnam style.

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3:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Iran Extends Detention Of 'Washington Post' Journalist

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:57 am

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3:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

'Black Lives Matter' Slogan Becomes A Bigger Movement

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 10:10 am

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3:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

For Ebola Orphans In Liberia, It's A Bittersweet New Beginning

Makutu Jabateh hugs her daughter, Mabana Konneh, 5, as the little girl returns home to her neighborhood in Jacobstown, Monrovia.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 1:57 pm

Ebola has "orphaned" about 2,000 children in Liberia, health authorities say. Some children are being looked after in two shelters in the country's capital, Monrovia. Reuniting the kids with their relatives, or finding them foster homes, can take time.

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3:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

NASA's Orion Capsule Built To Take Humans Into Deep Space

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 5:57 am

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Politics
3:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Sports Commissioners Absent From Senate Hearing On Domestic Abuse

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:41 am

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Asia
3:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Is 'Womenomics' The Answer To Japan's Economic Woes?

Lumberjack Yukiko Koyama cuts pine trees on a hillside overlooking Matsumoto City in Nagano prefecture on Japan's central Honshu island. Koyama's employment at a local timber mill is partially subsidized by a government program to get more Japanese women into the workforce.
Yo Nagaya NPR

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 5:59 pm

Yukiko Koyama kicked around Tokyo for a few years looking for the right job. For a while, she designed costumes for classical ballet dancers. But she longed to work in the great outdoors, and to find a job she could really sink her teeth into.

Two years ago, she found just the right thing for her: sinking a chainsaw's teeth into the pine forests of Matsumoto City in landlocked Nagano prefecture. Forests there on the central island of Honshu have been growing since the end of World War II, and many are in need of weeding.

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Europe
3:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Russia Heads Toward Recession, With No Relief In Sight

Pedestrians walk past a board listing foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble in Moscow on Wednesday. The ruble was trading at about 35 to the U.S. dollar this summer. Now it's more than 50 rubles to the dollar and the currency has been hitting record lows recently.
Vasily Maximov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 10:12 am

Russia's economy has taken a series of heavy hits in the past few months, and now it seems to be in the midst of a perfect storm.

The country depends heavily on oil exports, and prices are down sharply. The Russian currency is losing value fast. And U.S. and European sanctions, imposed after Russia's takeover of Crimea, are biting hard.

President Vladimir Putin remains defiant, saying sanctions will never bring Russia to its knees.

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Europe
3:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

French Lawmakers Vote To Recognize Palestinian State

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Around the Nation
3:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Texas Death Row Case Draws Attention To Mentally Ill Convicts

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:41 am

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The legal process is scheduled to end in Texas today for Scott Panetti. He's a convicted killer set for execution. He's drawn worldwide attention because he has a 36-year history of chronic schizophrenia. From Dallas, NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports.

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The Two-Way
4:13 am
Tue December 2, 2014

NASA Prepares To Test New Spacecraft (That You've Likely Never Heard Of)

The Orion capsule is poised to make its first test flight Thursday. If all goes as planned, the unmanned vehicle will orbit Earth twice before splashing into the Pacific Ocean.
Kim Shiflett NASA

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 1:43 pm

NASA is about to launch a new spaceship into orbit, and Mallory Loe has never heard of it.

"I mean, technically, NASA doesn't have another spaceship, do they?" she asks incredulously during a visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

She's hardly the only one who doesn't know about this new spacecraft. In fact, none of a half-dozen tourists NPR interviewed in the museum's lobby was aware of the Orion spaceship.

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Strange News
4:13 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Man Ends Fight With Girlfriend By Driving Into Pole, Walking Away

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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4:13 am
Tue December 2, 2014

For This Reindeer, The Game Is Hide And Seek

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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2:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Study Shows Riding The Quiet Car Is Crushing Your Spirit

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 4:16 pm

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2:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Star Wars Fans Force Sands Back From Darth Vader's Tunisia Birthplace

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Attorney General's Talk Doesn't Satisfy Those Troubled By Ferguson

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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Asia
5:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Chinese Chicken Breeder Builds DIY Orange Submarine

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 5:24 am

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