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Stories for November 28, 2013

An Abuse Survivor Finds Family In A Special Teacher

Nov. 28
NPR Staff / NPR
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Friday is the National Day of Listening, a chance to sit down with a loved one, turn on an audio recorder and ask that person about his or her life. You can find tips on how to record your conversation at nationaldayoflistening.org.

Epic Commutes Face Those Caught In Public Transit Puzzle

Nov. 28
David Schaper / NPR
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It's a sign of the times: More people are commuting for more than an hour to get to work, and many of the longest commutes are at least partially on public transportation.

Lawyer: Ajax Killed Ex-Pendleton Marine Accused Of Homeless Slayings

Nov. 28
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A former Camp Pendleton Marine charged with murder in the deaths of four homeless men, a woman and her son died Thursday at an Orange County hospital, a day after falling ill in his jail cell, authorities said.

'Time Capsule' From Solar System's Birth Likely Vaporized By Sun

Nov. 28
Greg Henderson / NPR
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Most of ISON, a comet formed at the birth of the solar system, apparently did not survive Thursday's encounter with the sun, NASA said. Scientists detected the comet last year and had hoped to continue studying it for information to be mined from its "primordial ices."

Breaking Up With HealthCare.gov Is Hard To Do

Nov. 28
Annie Feidt / NPR
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Enrolling in HealthCare.gov is not easy, and it's been particularly difficult in Alaska. Just 53 people enrolled in the first month.

'Thanks' To The Woman Who Helped Make A November Thursday Special

Nov. 28
Todd Bookman / NPR
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Thursday's holiday has Sarah Josepha Hale to thank for helping it get national recognition.

HealthCare.gov Team Working Through Holiday To Meet Deadline

Nov. 28
Elise Hu / NPR
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Besides movie theaters and Wal-Mart, one place that will stay open this Thanksgiving is the new HealthCare.gov "exchange operations center." Staffers on the "tech surge" to fix the error-riddled site have just days to meet the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline for a functioning site.

How Fracking In Pennsylvania Helps Clear The Air In New York

Nov. 28
Jeff Brady / NPR
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The state of New York effectively has a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing as the government figures out how to regulate the controversial drilling technology. Still, the state is benefiting from a fracking-fueled drilling boom in next-door Pennsylvania.