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Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:35

When holiday break comes, college kids start packing up and heading for home. But for former foster students, there's no home to go to.

As part of their annual remembrance, descendants of massacre survivors erected teepees at the historic site this weekend. Some were for public visitors, while others were used in closed ceremonies.
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:35

The Sand Creek Massacre of December 1864 left nearly 200 people dead. Now, hundreds of Cheyenne and Arapahoe are returning to the site to mark the 150th anniversary of the tragedy.

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:35

Audie Cornish speaks to journalist Kevin Roose about the use of the term "disruption" in the tech industry.

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:35

NPR's David Folkenflik talks with Melissa Block about the discussion within media circles about the legality and propriety of publishing information stolen in the hack attack against Sony Pictures.

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:35

After months of delay, the Senate is poised to approve President Obama's choice to be the next surgeon general, Vivek Murthy. NPR's Mara Liasson tells us about Murthy and the controversy.

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:35

Detroit has officially emerged from the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy. But 2014, which included a trial over the city's plan to shed $7 billion in debt, changed the very fabric of the city.

Eat the dreidels at your own risk.
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:26

For this week's Sandwich Monday, guest eater Dan Pashman shares with us a creation that members of every faith can enjoy. It's a latke-donut sandwich called the Hanukkah Miracle.

Gov. Bill Haslam announces his proposal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee at the state Capitol in Nashville Monday.
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:20

Following the lead of other Republican governors, Tennessee's Gov. Bill Haslam is moving to expand Medicaid in his state, using federal funds from the Affordable Care Act.

After a quick swipe and online registration, these test tubes were ready to ship back to the lab at the University of Colorado in Boulder for sequencing and analysis.
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:59

To find helpful patterns in personal microbe populations, scientists also need to gather a long list of information about the people who serve as homes for the microscopic critters.

Police say Bradley William Stone, 35, killed six people in attacks at three locations early Monday.
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:36

Officials say the gunman is Bradley William Stone, 35, who also left three people wounded. The victims are all related to Stone, officials say.

In 2009, Nicholas Heien and a friend were traveling down a North Carolina highway when they were pulled over for having a broken tail light. A subsequent search of the car found a plastic bag containing cocaine.
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:16

The court has upheld a cocaine conviction that began when police stopped a car with just one brake light, even though state law in North Carolina requires only one brake lamp.

A copper bedrail can kill germs on contact.
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 13:07

Around the world, patients acquire new infections simply from spending time in a hospital. One way to fight back: replacing hospital bed rails with copper, a natural infection-killer.

A map of the area Denmark is claiming.
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:54

The region claimed is more than the size of Texas and Oklahoma combined. The energy-rich Arctic is also contested by Canada, Russia, Norway and the U.S. A U.N. panel will study the Danish claim.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, talks with Doctors Without Borders staff during a visit in August to an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia.
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:03

Dr. Thomas Frieden visits West Africa this week to assess the fight against Ebola. His goal? Figure out how to keep the disease from turning into a permanent problem.

Number of providers by state who wrote at least 3,000 prescriptions for Schedule 2 controlled substances in 2012 in Medicare Part D.
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:20

In the face of abuse concerns, Medicare covered more prescriptions for potent controlled substances in 2012 than in 2011. Top prescribers often have faced disciplinary action or criminal charges.

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