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Stories for December 15, 2013

Healthy Habits Can Help Induce Sleep Without The Pills

Dec. 15
Patti Neighmond / NPR

About one third of American adults say they have problems falling asleep. And prescriptions for sleeping medications are on the rise, with about 4 percent of people using the drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Battle Of The Bottom Feeder: U.S., Vietnam In Catfish Fight

Dec. 15
Jackie Northam / NPR
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Bill Battle peers through the window of a pickup truck at his catfish farm, Pride of the Pond, near Tunica, Miss. The land is pancake-flat, broken up by massive ponds, some holding up to 100,000 pounds of catfish.

In Press-Rights Battle, Reporter Says Accountability's At Risk

Dec. 15
NPR Staff / NPR
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Freedom of the press is considered an essential ideal of American democracy.

U.S. Recognizes A South Korean StarCraft Player As An Athlete

Dec. 15
Alan Yu / NPR

South Korean Kim Dong-hwan, a professional StarCraft II player, has received a special U.S. visa, normally reserved for baseball players and other athletes.

Sriracha: First, The Crisis. Now, The Movie

Dec. 15
Maria Godoy / NPR
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Lately, it seems as if news about Sriracha has been as ubiquitous as the much-loved hot sauce itself.

Another Partisan Divide: Mitt Romney's Looks

Dec. 15
Adam Wollner / NPR
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It's clear that Republicans and Democrats had different political opinions about Mitt Romney. But did Romney literally look different to the two sides? A forthcoming study suggests that might be the case.

Oh My, Ohio! Five States Named "Most Likely To Curse"

Dec. 15
NPR Staff / NPR
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Most of us like to think we comport ourselves with a certain level of civility. But apparently, phone calls with customer service representatives of all stripes can lead us into more colorful speech. And some people like to track it.