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Stories for December 25, 2013

Snowstorm Leave Parts Of Midwest, Northeast and Canada Powerless

Dec. 25
Ina Jaffe / NPR

Christmas is less than merry and far from bright for hundreds of thousands of families from the upper Midwest to the far northeast and into Canada, where ice storms have downed power lines, leaving many households in the cold and dark.

A Texas Social Worker Weighs Her Insurance Options

Dec. 25
Carrie Feibel / NPR
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Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country, with almost 1 in 4 people going without coverage.

Calif. Law To Help Domestic Abuse Victims Escape Violence

Dec. 25
J.D. Hillard / NPR

In California, it's about to get easier for abuse survivors to break their leases.

For An Injured Vet, A True Homecoming On The Horizon

Dec. 25
Gloria Hillard / NPR
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When Jerral Hancock came home from serving in Iraq six years ago, he received a hero's welcome in the Mojave Desert town of Lancaster, Calif. He'd been severely wounded but looked forward to returning to his family and getting on with his life.

NAFTA Opened Continent For Some Canadian Companies

Dec. 25
Jackie Northam / NPR
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Six brand new Challenger corporate jets sit on a showroom floor waiting to be picked up here at the Bombardier Aerospace plant on the outskirts of Montreal. Manager Frank Richie watches as technicians polish the gleaming aircraft and make last-minute adjustments. Each one is personalized, from the leather trim inside to the fancy paint job on its exterior.

In Christmas Message, Snowden Tells Britons 'Privacy Matters'

Dec. 25
April Fehling / NPR
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Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had a Christmas Day warning for Britons: "A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all."

Why We Hold Tight To Our Family's Holiday Food Traditions

Dec. 25
Eliza Barclay and Jessica Pupovac / NPR
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Around Thanksgiving, The Race Card Project brought us the story of a woman who grew up in a Filipino family but desperately wanted to be anything but Filipino. When Melanie Vanderlipe Ramil was a child, she shied away from her family's traditional meals, including the rice that's a staple in Filipino cooking.

Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art?

Dec. 25
Elizabeth Blair / NPR
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Can wealthy art lovers help save Detroit's pension funds -- and one of its museums?

Writing 'Rudolph': The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript

Dec. 25
Jessica Pupovac / NPR
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Everybody knows Rudolph was the last reindeer to join Santa's crew, but few people know about the department store copywriter who brought his story to the world.

What's In Store For Commuting's Future? (Hint: There's Hope)

Dec. 25
Sonari Glinton / NPR
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If you want to look into the future of commuting, you need only go to the graduate transportation program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.

How House Speaker Boehner Survived A Roller-Coaster Year

Dec. 25
Tamara Keith / NPR
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House Speaker John Boehner ends 2013 after quite a roller-coaster ride. The Ohio Republican's year was defined by a rocky relationship with the Tea Party wing of the GOP.