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3:29am

Tue December 23, 2014
Shots - Health News

Baby Thrives Once 3-D-Printed Windpipe Helps Him Breathe

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 4:20 pm

Jake and Natalie Peterson and their son Garrett in October 2014.
Courtesy of Brittany Jacox

Garrett Peterson was born in 2012 with a defective windpipe. It would periodically just collapse, because the cartilage was so soft, and he'd stop breathing. This would happen every day — sometimes multiple times a day.

"It was really awful to have to watch him go through his episodes," says his father, Jake Peterson of Layton, Utah. "He'd be fine and then all of a sudden start turning blue. It was just like watching your child suffocate over and over again."

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3:27am

Tue December 23, 2014
Parallels

Reporter Offers Free Cab Rides For Stories From 'Streets Of Shanghai'

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 10:30 am

NPR reporter Frank Langfitt and one of his "customers," a biotech worker, whom he drove to a self-help conference in Shanghai's sprawling Pudong District.
NPR

Editor's Note: NPR Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt once drove a taxi as a summer job. He decided to do it again, this time offering free rides around Shanghai in exchange for stories about one of the world's most dynamic cities. This is the first in an occasional series.

I've been working on an unusual reporting project this fall in Shanghai. I picked up a car and have been driving around the city offering people free rides.

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3:19am

Tue December 23, 2014
Around the Nation

California DMV Prepares For Undocumented Residents Applying For Licenses

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 4:30 pm

People celebrate after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed bill AB60 on Oct. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. Also known as the Safe and Responsible Driver Act, it allows undocumented immigrants to apply for state driver's licenses.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

California residents who are living without documentation soon will be eligible to apply for driver's licenses, thanks to a new law that takes effect in the new year.

The state's Department of Motor Vehicles is expecting 1.6 million immigrants to apply in the first few years, and law enforcement, community groups and others are preparing for the surge.

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6:21pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The 'Shroom Burger From Shake Shack

Mouth's eye view of the 'Shroom Burger.
NPR

If you haven't heard of Shake Shack, it's a hip, growing national chain where Americans go to stand in long lines. Also, it serves food.

We tried the 'Shroom Burger, a breaded and deep-fried cheese-stuffed portobello mushroom patty in a bun. It's topped with lettuce, tomato and the chain's special sauce.

Peter: In order to get the mushrooms stuffed with cheese, they plant the spores in a block of Velveeta.

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5:50pm

Mon December 22, 2014
NPR Story

North Korea Has Severe Internet Outage After Days Of Instability

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 7:29 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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5:50pm

Mon December 22, 2014
All Tech Considered

What You Need To Know About Subprime Lending For Smartphones

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 2:13 pm

Startup Better Finance is offering lease-to-own programs for high-end smartphones. But some customers say that retail stores, such as MetroPCS, aren't always clear about the lease terms up front.
Larry W. Smith EPA/Landov

If you visit a local strip mall or downtown shopping street, it's not hard to find a store where customers can lease-to-own. That is, you can pay over time and eventually, after some chunky fees, a flat screen TV or living room set is yours.

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5:36pm

Mon December 22, 2014
On Aging

Services Offer A Means To Foil Widespread 'Elder Fraud'

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:50 pm

More than a quarter of the victims of financial fraud are over 60.
iStockphoto.com

This is the season for generosity — and for con artists who take advantage of it.

Older adults are particularly vulnerable to scams; more than a quarter of the victims of financial fraud are over 60, according to the FTC. But now there are products on the market designed to protect seniors' nest eggs.

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5:32pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Music News

What A Failed Hip-Hop Experiment Can Teach Us About The Future Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 11:55 am

Los Aldeanos' Aldo Rodriguez (left) and El B.
Daniel Hdez Courtesy of the artist

5:31pm

Mon December 22, 2014
National Security

Was Sony Pictures Hack 'Cyber Vandalism' Or Something More?

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:50 pm

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5:29pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Jailed Cuban Spy's Wife Is Pregnant — With A Little Help From The U.S.

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

Adriana Perez is expected to give birth to a baby girl in about two weeks.

That wouldn't be remarkable, except that Perez's husband, Gerardo Hernandez, spent most of the last decade-and-a-half in U.S. federal prison for leading a Cuban spy ring.

Hernandez was released last week as part of a prisoner swap with Cuba. He returned to Havana and raised eyebrows when he was greeted by his very pregnant wife.

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5:27pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Lengthy, Widespread Internet Outage Reported In North Korea

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 8:54 am

Update, 10 p.m. ET: After more than nine hours and 30 minutes, Internet service has been restored in North Korea, according to technology news service Dyn Research. Access is only partial, Reuters reports, but the country's main news service and newspaper both are back online.

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5:21pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Code Switch

A Very Code Switch Christmas TV Special

PBS

It's that time around Christmas, when all we can see
is the same set of specials on network TV.
There's
Frosty, and Charlie, and Ralphie, and Kevin
But not too much brown in this mostly white canon.

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4:46pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Goats and Soda

The Khoisan Once Were Kings Of The Planet. What Happened?

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 2:14 pm

In Namibia today, members of the ancient tribe of hunter-gatherers still forage. New genetic research reveals they were once the largest group of humans.
Stephan C. Schuster Penn State University

Some 22,000 years ago, they were the largest group of humans on earth: the Khoisan, a tribe of hunter-gatherers in southern Africa.

Today, only about 100,000 Khoisan, who are also known as Bushmen, remain. Stephan C. Schuster, professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, has published new research about the tribe, many of whom now live in poverty, their cultural traditions endangered. We spoke to Schuster about his study and the lives of the Khoisan.

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4:31pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

'Dreamer' Immigrants Apply For Arizona Driver's Licenses

Ramon Maldonado takes his driving test with the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division. Many young immigrants protected from deportation under the Obama administration's new policies began pursuing driver's licenses in the state Monday.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Hundreds of people who entered the U.S. without documentation as children lined up to seek licenses in Arizona on Monday, days after the Supreme Court declined to support the state's ban on issuing licenses to young immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents.

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4:31pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Shots - Health News

Is Your Heart Doctor In? If Not, You Might Not Be Any Worse Off

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 10:15 am

Gary Waters Getty Images/Ikon Images

If your cardiologist is away at a conference when you're having a stabbing feeling in your chest, don't fret. You may be more likely to live.

A study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found frail patients admitted to teaching hospitals with two common types of heart problems were more likely to survive on days when national cardiology conferences were going on.

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4:23pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Remembrances

Charismatic Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:54 pm

Joe Cocker.
Ernesto Ruscio Getty Images

Joe Cocker died Monday at his home in Crawford, Colo., after what his publicist described as a hard-fought battle with small-cell lung cancer. He was 70.

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4:23pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Digital Life

An 'Erasable Internet' Could Be Welcome In A Hackable World

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 5:50 pm

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4:23pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Movie Interviews

Scoring The Screen: Thomas Newman And the Music Of 'Shawshank'

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:28 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Seeing a movie isn't just about seeing. It's equally about hearing words and music.

(SOUNDBITE OF VARIOUS FILM SCORES)

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3:34pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

'Rolling Stone' Asks Columbia J-School To Investigate Flawed Rape Story

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 4:09 pm

Jann Wenner, the editor and publisher of Rolling Stone, says the magazine has asked Columbia Journalism School to investigate the editorial process that resulted in its flawed story about a University of Virginia student who said she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012.

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3:03pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Shots - Health News

When Humans Quit Hunting And Gathering, Their Bones Got Wimpy

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 10:14 am

Farming helped fuel the rise of civilizations, but it may also have given us less robust bones.
Leemage/UIG via Getty Images

Compared with other primates and our early human ancestors, we modern humans have skeletons that are relatively lightweight — and scientists say that basically may be because we got lazy.

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3:02pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Parallels

The 85-Year-Old Widow Who's The Symbol Of Spain's Economic Woes

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 7:29 pm

Carmen Martinez Ayuso, 85, prays during her eviction from her home in Madrid on Nov. 21. A professional Spanish soccer team, Rayo Vallecano, has come to her aid, promising to pay her housing costs for the rest of her life.
Andres Kudacki AP

Carmen Martínez Ayuso lived a quiet life in her modest apartment in the southern suburbs of Madrid for 50 years. But at 85, she recently became a household name in Spain.

Now her anguished face is splashed across Spanish newspapers' front pages. She's a reminder that despite statistics showing the Spanish economy is on the mend, many people are still suffering.

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2:56pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Army General To Determine Fate of Bowe Bergdahl

This photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl preparing to be interviewed by Army investigators in August.
Eugene R. Fidell AP

The Pentagon has forwarded its investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance from an Afghan outpost to a general courts-martial convening authority, a Pentagon spokesman said today.

Bergdahl is the U.S. soldier who was held for five years by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The U.S. gained his freedom in May by trading him for five jailed Taliban.

The Pentagon spokesman said today that action against Bergdahl could range from no further action to convening a court martial.

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2:25pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Salt

In Slovakia, Christmas Dinner Starts In The Bathtub

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 1:38 pm

Ivan Babej AP

For centuries, families throughout much of central Europe have relied on one simple main course for Christmas Eve dinner: the common carp.

But getting from river (or carp farm) to table is not so simple. As the tradition goes, the Christmas carp must first swim in the family bathtub for at least a day or two before being killed, cleaned and prepared.

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2:13pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Singer Joe Cocker Dies At Age 70

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 4:02 pm

Singer Joe Cocker, famous for his powerful and raspy voice, has died at age 70.
Ron Wolfson Landov

1:01pm

Mon December 22, 2014
Music Interviews

Nick Lowe Brings His 'Quality Holiday Revue' To America

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 1:31 pm

Nick Lowe's Christmas album is called Quality Street. He's currently touring the U.S.
Courtesy of the artist

12:11pm

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

1 Dead In Protest At Chinese-Backed Copper Mine In Myanmar

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 1:01 pm

Farmers confront riot police at the site of the Letpadaung copper mine in northwestern Myanmar on Monday. A woman was fatally shot during a crackdown on protesters at the Chinese-backed copper mine.
AP

A crackdown on protesters at a Chinese-backed copper mine in Myanmar has left at least one person dead, the company that runs the project said today in a statement.

The statement from the company, Myanmar Wanbao, said it had "just been informed of the death of a female resident from Moe Kyo Pyin village," adding: "The events leading up to her death are still unclear." [Some news sources call the village Mogyopyin.]

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11:11am

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Milwaukee Prosecutor Won't Seek Charges In Police Shooting

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 9:38 am

A Milwaukee prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a police officer who shot and killed Donte Hamilton in April. Here, Maria Hamilton holds posters used in rallies that vent frustrations about the death of her son.
M.L. Johnson AP

Eight months after a police officer shot and killed a black man whom the officer had been trying to search, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm says the officer acted in self-defense.

The incident occurred in a Milwaukee park around 4 in the afternoon. Officer Christopher Manney, who is white, was trying to frisk Dontre Hamilton when the altercation happened. The two exchanged punches. Manney fired his gun 14 times after Hamilton grabbed the officer's baton, striking him with it.

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10:51am

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican's Bureaucrats

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 1:14 pm

Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting with cardinals and bishops of the Curia at the Vatican on Monday. The pope said the Curia suffered from "spiritual Alzheimer's" and careerism.
Andreas Solaro AP

Pope Francis blasted the Vatican's top bureaucrats at an annual Christmas gathering, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who make up the Curia of "spiritual Alzheimer's" and of lusting for power at all costs.

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10:28am

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Tunisian Election Puts Former Regime Figure In Presidency

A supporter of newly elected Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essibsi flashes the V-sign from a car as they celebrate the first results of the Tunisian elections in Sousse, Tunisia.
STR EPA /LANDOV

A tense runoff election in Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring in 2011, has ended with a win for Beji Caid Essebsi, a veteran of the country's autocratic regimes. Essebsi defeated interim leader Moncef Marzouki.

Affiliated with the secular-leaning Nidaa Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party, Essebsi won Tunisia's first democratic presidential election by taking more than 55 percent of the vote. Election officials announced the results Monday.

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9:51am

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

NYC Police Deaths: Details On Suspect; Rift Between Mayor And Police

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 4:55 pm

People sing as they take part in a prayer vigil at the site where two police officers were shot to death in the Brooklyn borough of New York this weekend.
Carlow Allegri Reuters /Landov

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says tensions in the city are at their worst since the 1970s. Bratton spoke two days after Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and killed two police officers in New York. Brinsley had been arrested at least 19 times and reportedly had tried to hang himself last year.

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