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Stories for January 1, 2014

When Teen Drivers Multitask, They're Even Worse Than Adults

Jan. 1
Maanvi Singh / NPR

Everyone knows that the first rule of driving is never take your eyes off the road.

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Bill De Blasio Sworn In As New York City Mayor

Jan. 1
Charles Mahtesian / NPR

Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City Wednesday, marking the return of a Democrat to City Hall for the first time in two decades.

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Blast Rips Through Minneapolis Apartment Building

Jan. 1
Charles Mahtesian / NPR

Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson says 14 people are reported to have been injured, six in critical condition, in the blast and have been taken to area hospitals.

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Most Economists Say Happy New Year -- Really

Jan. 1
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

As the new year begins, most economists' annual forecasts are brimming with good cheer.

Second Opinion: What We Learned About Health Care — And Our Readers...

Second Opinion: What We Learned About Health Care — And Our Readers — in 2013

Jan. 1
By Megan Burks

Second Opinion answered questions about the Affordable Care Act from 24 San Diegans in 2013. The requirements to participate were simple: You had to have a question about Obamacare and you had to do it on camera.

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Dying Lawyer Convicted Of Aiding Terrorism Leaves Prison

Jan. 1
Doreen McCallister / NPR

Former defense lawyer Lynne Stewart, 74, who's suffering from breast cancer, has been released from a Texas prison.

Federal Flood Insurance Program Drowning in Debt. Who Will Pay?

Jan. 1
Christopher Joyce / NPR

Millions of American property owners get flood insurance from the federal government, and a lot of them get a hefty discount. But over the past decade, the government has paid out huge amounts of money after floods, and the flood insurance program is deeply in the red.