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Stories for December 28, 2013

Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live

Dec. 28
Frank Morris / NPR
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A spinal injury left Iraq War veteran Tomas Young paralyzed below the waistin 2004. Further medical complications a few years later made him quadriplegic.

Thousands Still Without Power Across North

Dec. 28
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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Thousands of homes across Michigan and New England are still without power after last week's ice storms, and New England is bracing for more snow and more possible power outages.

The Hunt For Meteorites Begins In Antarctica

Dec. 28
Rae Ellen Bichell / NPR
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Antarctica is one of the best places on Earth to spot these fallen stars.

A Scientist's New Job: Keeping The Polar Bear's Plight Public

Dec. 28
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR

The Endangered Species Act turns 40 on Dec. 28. The law helped bring back iconic species like the wolf, grizzly bear and bald eagle, after hunting, trapping and pesticides almost wiped those animals out.

A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection

Dec. 28
Kirk Siegler / NPR
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Thirty-four wildland firefighters died in the line of duty this year. Some of those fatalities were isolated incidents, but one event captured the nation's attention, sparking a larger conversation about the new dangers firefighters face.

Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year -- And A Choice

Dec. 28
Brian Naylor / NPR
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This was a busy year for Vice President Joe Biden: He was President Obama's point man on gun control; he traveled widely, pushing for infrastructure spending; and he recently returned form a trip to Asia, where he met with the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea.

On The Trail Of A Mountain Lion, Hunters Hope To Help

Dec. 28
Lauren Sommer / NPR
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After centuries of hunting and eradication, mountain lions are slowly making a comeback in the lower 48 states. But as their numbers grow, so do conflicts with people.