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Dodge Ram pickup trucks await customers Jan. 5 on the lot at Landmark Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Morrow, Ga. Buoyed by a resurgent economy, holiday sales, cheap gasoline and a love affair with pickup trucks, Americans headed to car dealers in droves last month, pushing full-year sales to what's likely to be the highest level since 2006.
Mon, 01/05/2015 - 16:17

U.S. auto manufacturers have learned from the last crash and become more nimble, an industry expert says — so when oil prices rise again, they quickly will return to building more hybrids.

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 16:17

Florida courts are making last-minute preparations as the state prepares on Tuesday to become the 36th in the nation to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The San Francisco-based startup CellScope has built a tool to do ear exams at home, instead of going to the doctor.
Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:53

A new wave of self-monitoring devices and apps is hitting the Consumer Electronics Show — ones with explicit medical purposes. They promise to help diagnose everything from ear infections to diseases.

Dr. Devi Shetty meets with a patient. The surgeon, who says heart disease is on the rise in India, has never turned away a patient who had no money to pay.
Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:53

With an assembly line of operating theaters in India, Dr. Devi Shetty is determined to deliver affordable health care to anyone in need.

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:53

Melissa Block talks to criminal lawyer Jonathan Shapiro about Judy Clarke, one of the defense attorneys representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:53

Potential jurors were screened on Monday to decide the fate of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He faces 30 federal counts of murder and terrorism.

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:53

Big data is a trendy term for the ever-expanding cloud of information that's online and increasingly searchable. Some researchers say it could change the way medical research is done and the way individual doctors make medical decisions. Others say big data raises too many big questions — especially when it comes to medicine.

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:53

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read listen letters about the problem with so-called lie detectors, and no-kill shelters, and a correction about Amazon, Netflix and "net neutrality."

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:53

We've heard a lot about how the new Republican majorities in Congress are historic in size. But just how big are they by historical standards and what difference does the size of the majority make?

Dr. Tina Amisi (R) and Dr Dieudonne Masemo Bihehe are doctors at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, now doing research through ICART, a new research center to support Congolese scholarship.
Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:53

A new research center in the Eastern Congo is giving doctors the resources to investigate the causes and impacts of rape — and to determine which interventions actually help women recover and thrive.

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:53

Already, an estimated 1.5 million Syrians have fled to Lebanon and Lebanese officials say they can't accommodate more refugees. Robert Siegel talks with Lama Fakih of Human Rights Watch.

The winner of Miss Malaysia World 2013, Melinder Kaur Bhullar, poses during the grand finale on Aug. 2, 2013, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Four Muslim women were dropped as contestants after a religious decree, or <em>fatwa, </em> barred them from participating.
Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:31

The clerics are delivering a growing number of fatwas against what they see as insidious dangers. Liberal Muslims are annoyed by what they say is moral micromanaging.

Syrian children play at a refugee camp in Terbol, Lebanon, in 2013. More than 1 million Syrian refugees are in Lebanon, which is now requiring Syrians to obtain visas before entering the country.
Mon, 01/05/2015 - 14:55

The more than 1 million Syrian refugees have placed a tremendous burden on Lebanon, a country of just 4 million people.

A videoconferencing system connects court officers with St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J.
Mon, 01/05/2015 - 14:36

A New Jersey hospital has partnered with local courts to protect injured victims of domestic violence. A videoconferencing system lets patients file for restraining orders from their hospital beds.

Don't call it "Long Pig in a blanket."
Mon, 01/05/2015 - 14:26

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Pretzel Dog from Auntie Anne's. It's a hot dog, wrapped in soft pretzel and meditations on life and death.

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