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The Salt
3:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

A Resolution For Foodies Who Want To Do Good: Pick A Campaign

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 3:40 pm

Say you're kicking off 2015 with big plans to be a conscientious food consumer.

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NPR Story
3:36 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Sabiduría: Rita Moreno

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NPR Story
3:36 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

A Rainforest in New England

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NPR Story
3:36 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Calle 13: Accidental Revolutionaries

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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Donna Douglas, Elly May On 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' Dies At 81

Donna Douglas as Elly May Clampett, lower right. Clockwise from upper left are Buddy Ebsen (as Jed Clampett), Nancy Kulp (as Jane Hathaway), Raymond Bailey (as Milburn Drysdale), Douglas, Max Baer Jr. (as Jethro Bodine) and Irene Ryan (as "Granny").
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Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:13 pm

Donna Douglas, the actress best known for her role as Elly May Clampett on the 1960s television hit comedy The Beverly Hillbillies, has died at age 81, a family member confirms.

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Goats and Soda
3:11 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

When A Rebel Is Homesick, He Might Be Willing To Surrender

Michael Sharp visits with Elizabeth Namavu and children in Mubimbi Camp, home to displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A coordinator for the Mennonite Central, he has an unusual approach to peacemaking.
Jana Asenbrennerova Courtesy of MCC

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 3:26 pm

Today marked a U.N. deadline for one of Africa's most notorious rebel groups to surrender.

It didn't.

Instead, the group known as the FDLR is said to be recruiting and re-arming and continuing its 20-year sexual and economic exploitation of villagers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Middle East
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

After Uprising, A Struggle To Restore Tunisia's Ancient Emblems

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

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Energy
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Congress Could Find Energy Compromise With Hydropower

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

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Your Health
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Flu Vaccines Still Helpful Even When The Strain Is Different

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

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Europe
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Life Getting Tougher For Syrian Migrants, Refugees In Russia

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

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Around the Nation
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

A Battle To Wash Away A Fountain's Controversial Namesake

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

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Shots - Health News
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Researchers Create Artificial Organs That Fit In Your Hand

Postdoctoral researcher Jennifer Foulke-Abel holds the gut-on-a-chip inside the lab at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Richard Harris NPR

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 2:16 pm

Great balls of cells! Scientists are developing mock human organs that can fit in the palm of your hand.

These organs-on-a-chip are designed to test drugs and help understand the basics of how organs function when they are healthy and when they are diseased.

For instance, you have your gut-on-a-chip being developed at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. It's a high-tech approach to dealing with a scourge of the low-tech world.

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Latin America
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Why Are Fewer Mexicans Crossing The U.S. Border?

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

More non-Mexicans were apprehended at the southern border than Mexicans in 2014 and apprehensions of Mexicans have fallen to a historic low. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks with Jeff Passel of the Pew Research Center.

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Europe
2:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Migrants On Cargo Ships Often Know Crew Will Abandon It

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

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Politics
2:09 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Some Not-So-Conventional Wisdom About The Next Congress

Former lawmaker Ben Franklin keeps his eye out for Congress' newest class, due to start work on Capitol Hill next week.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

In politics, conventional wisdom can have a certain power. But, sometimes the obviously true thing isn't so true upon inspection.

The new Republican Congress hits Capitol Hill next week, but the latest round of that wisdom seems to have already been established — from how it's going to work to its relationship with President Obama. Here's a look at 2 1/2 pieces of that wisdom.

1. Republicans are going to have to show they can govern.

At this point, it's been said so many times it's become an established Washington truth.

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The Two-Way
1:54 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

30 Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Wreckage, Officials Say

Members of the National Search And Rescue Agency carry coffins containing bodies of the victims aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 to transfer to Surabaya at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, on Friday. Officials say 30 bodies have been recovered so far.
Achmad Ibrahim AP

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:04 am

Indonesian officials say 21 more bodies from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 were recovered today from the Java Sea, bringing the number of bodies found from the air disaster to 30.

The Associated Press quotes an Indonesian official as saying five of the bodies recovered today were still strapped to their seats.

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Around the Nation
1:43 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Trial Of Polygraph Critic Renews Debate Over Tests' Accuracy

A screen shot of Doug Williams from one of his videos on how to beat a polygraph test.
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Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 4:23 pm

The federal government is throwing the book at one of the most vocal critics of the polygraph test.

Doug Williams, a man who makes his living teaching people how to beat the test, will go on trial in January on charges of witness tampering and mail fraud. But Williams' defenders say he's being punished by a government that has become overly dependent on polygraphs.

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The Two-Way
12:41 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Obama Authorizes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack

A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture's The Interview, which sparked condemnation in North Korea, which allegedly hacked the studio.
Ahn Young-joon AP

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 12:52 pm

President Obama today issued an executive order authorizing expanded sanctions against North Korea and the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in response to Pyongyang's alleged role in the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The White House accused North Korea of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions during November and December 2014."

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It's All Politics
11:55 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Was Cuomo Destined To Be President Or Just Political Poet Laureate?

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo gives a thumbs-up gesture with both hands during his July 16, 1984, keynote address to the opening session of the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.
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When he died of heart failure on New Year's Day, Mario Cuomo had been out of office exactly 20 years. But his impact endured, in part because he articulated his political philosophy so powerfully while at his peak and in part because he never fulfilled the destiny many envisioned for him on the national stage.

The New York governor's national moment in the sun came at night, in a San Francisco convention hall. On July 16, 1984, Cuomo gave the keynote address, mesmerizing a crowd of thousands in the Moscone Center and intriguing millions more on TV.

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The Salt
11:13 am
Fri January 2, 2015

No Yolk: Eggs Beat Most Other Foods In Our Blog Last Year

"The egg is a lens through which to view the entire craft of cooking," says food writer Michael Ruhlman.
Donna Turner Ruhlman

Eggs are a marvel, a mystery and a mainstay of the American diet.

And so when we looked back at our most popular posts of 2014 and saw that three of the top 20 were about eggs, we weren't surprised. People love eggs.

And don't mind if we admit that these three stories, which went viral, were good ones:

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

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