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Around the Nation
4:02 am
Fri December 26, 2014

We Raise A Glass To The Leathers Family And Their Names

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The Salt
3:33 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

This copper engraving from approximately 1700 depicts the condition of the English prisoners at the hands of the Dutch. In the 1660s, Cornell University's Eric Tagliacozzo says, the conflict and competition for the spice trade came to a head. "The Dutch decapitated a number of English merchants who were also in the Spice Islands trying to profit from the trade."
WikiCommons

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 10:07 am

Ah, nutmeg! Whether it's sprinkled on eggnog, baked into spice cake or blended into a latte, this pungent spice can evoke memories of holidays past.

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Research News
2:31 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Solving The Mystery Of Why Rock Ants Avoid Right Turns

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 4:52 am

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NPR Story
2:11 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Do Fish Have Fingers?

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 4:02 am

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NPR Story
2:11 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Turkish President's Aggressive Behavior In 2014 Gets More Notice

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 4:02 am

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All Tech Considered
12:36 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Sony Hack Highlights The Global Underground Market For Malware

The toxic ingredients of a cyberattack like the one North Korea is accused of unleashing on Sony Pictures are available in underground markets.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 11:12 am

There are global underground markets where anyone can buy and sell all the malicious code for an attack like the one North Korea is accused of unleashing on Sony Pictures.

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StoryCorps
12:35 am
Fri December 26, 2014

The Grocery Delivery Man Who Brings Joy To A Housing Complex

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 4:52 am

Herman Travis, 55, lives in Holly Courts, a low-income housing complex in San Francisco.

Every Tuesday, Travis fills a shopping cart with groceries from a local food bank and makes home deliveries to his elderly and disabled neighbors. He started doing it in 2007 and says when he first started, people were skeptical.

"When I first started doing it. People was cautious. They didn't let me in their house, but after they got to really know me they would just be happy to see me," says Travis.

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Shots - Health News
12:34 am
Fri December 26, 2014

A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

Kevin Counihan (left) runs HealthCare.gov, and Michael Cannon, of the Cato Institute, is a prominent critic of Obamacare.
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Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 4:52 am

Kevin Counihan and Michael Cannon look at the Affordable Care Act and see very different things.

Cannon is part of the brain trust behind a Supreme Court case that could result in the repeal of a part of the exchanges he says is illegal.

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Around the Nation
12:33 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Getting High Safely: Aspen Launches Marijuana Education Campaign

Officials in Aspen have put out a brochure on how to use marijuana safely and legally.
Marci Krivonen

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 9:35 am

The state government and the marijuana industry in Colorado are working to educate people about how to use pot safely. But in the high Rockies, one community is taking matters into its own hands.

The local sheriff in Aspen is leading an education effort that targets skiers and snowboarders flocking to the winter resort. And the sheriff isn't waiting until visitors hit the slopes — their education starts at the airport with pamphlets on marijuana.

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All Tech Considered
12:31 am
Fri December 26, 2014

As Uber Expands, It Asks Cities For Forgivness Instead Of Permission

The app-based car service Uber has had a big year for business --€” and controversy.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 11:12 am

Perhaps no single company has stirred so many emotions this year — across so many continents — as Uber.

In 2014 Uber became more — much more — than a car service: The Silicon Valley startup became a symbol for capitalism itself.

The company's value soared from under a billion to about $40 billion, making it one of the most valuable private companies on Earth. But it also has become mired in turf wars, legal battles and scandal.

Hypergrowth And Backlash

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