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Stories for November 24, 2013

In Pregnancy, What's Worse? Cigarettes Or The Nicotine Patch?

Nov. 24
Jon Hamilton / NPR
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Lots of studies have shown that cigarette smoke isn't good for a fetus. So many pregnant women use nicotine gum or skin patches or inhalers to help them stay away from cigarettes.

Two U.S. Soldiers Drown In South Korea

Nov. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two United States soldiers drowned when their Humvee fell into the Hantan River as they drove toward the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex for military training in Yeoncheon, South Korea.

Airmen Killed In Car Accident Identified

Nov. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Air Force has released the names of two airmen killed in a car crash last week. Airman 1st Class Edward Yu and Airman 1st Class Abtron (Tron) O'Neal died when their vehicle collided with a truck on a highway near Colorado Springs, Colo.

A Special Agent's Secret Job: Hit Man

Nov. 24
NPR Staff / NPR
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GQ Magazine correspondent Jeanne Marie Laskas calls him "Special Agent Charles Hunt," but that's not his real name. He's sometimes known as "Thrash" or "Hammer," Laskas says (also not his real name).

Many Americans Will Be Giving Thanks For Lower Prices

Nov. 24
Marilyn Geewax, Kaomi Goetz
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When Americans drive to their Thanksgiving gatherings this week, they will have one more blessing to count: lower costs.

More Kids Roll In Style In Tricked-Out Giant Wagons

Nov. 24
Molly Callister / NPR
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Outside the sea otter exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo, 5-year-old Emily checks out the sights while her baby sister lounges in a canopy-covered wagon.

Colorado Ads Use Sex And Alcohol To Sell Health Insurance

Nov. 24
Eric Whitney / NPR
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Try this on for size: The Affordable Care Act is good for young adults because it'll save them money on health care, leaving them more to spend on liquor and birth control.