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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.

Bill De Blasio Sworn In As New York City Mayor

Jan. 1
Charles Mahtesian / NPR
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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.

Blast Rips Through Minneapolis Apartment Building

Jan. 1
Charles Mahtesian / NPR
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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.

Most Economists Say Happy New Year -- Really

Jan. 1
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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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 — in 2013

Jan. 1
By Megan Burks
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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.

Dying Lawyer Convicted Of Aiding Terrorism Leaves Prison

Jan. 1
Doreen McCallister / NPR
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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.