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San Diego Health Care Workers Required To Get Flu Shot Or Wear Mask

Dec. 26
By Kenny Goldberg
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San Diego County’s public health department has issued an order requiring health care providers to either get a flu shot or wear a mask this flu season.

Possible Hack Of Sony, Microsoft Game Console Sites

Dec. 26
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A group calling itself Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for a possible denial-of-service attack against the tech companies' online game sites.

Irish Court OKs Turning Off Life Support For Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman

Dec. 26
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

Doctors told the High Court the 18-week fetus' prospects of survival were low. There have been two similar cases in Ireland since 2001; both fetuses died in the womb. The decision won't be appealed.

How To Make An Unboring Documentary About Polio

Dec. 26
Joanne Silberner / NPR
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Filmmaker Tom Roberts was definitely not interested when he was first asked to make a movie about the disease. Then he began to do some research. "Every Last Child" is the result.

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Dec. 26
Allison Aubrey / NPR
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Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.

Sony Hack Highlights The Global Underground Market For Malware

Dec. 26
Steve Henn / NPR
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The software used in the Sony data breach is available on the underground market. This makes it easier for criminals to execute an attack but harder to identify the perpetrators.

The Grocery Delivery Man Who Brings Joy To A Housing Complex

Dec. 26
NPR Staff / NPR

A San Francisco man talks about why he volunteers to deliver groceries to his elderly and disabled neighbors.

A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

Dec. 26
Jeff Cohen / NPR
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The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

Getting High Safely: Aspen Launches Marijuana Education Campaign

Dec. 26
Marci Krivonen / NPR
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Authorities in the Colorado city have dispersed information brochures on the do's and don'ts of marijuana use. It lists facts such as where pot is legal and how long the high takes to set in.

Europe's Far Right And Putin Get Cozy, With Benefits For Both

Dec. 26
Eleanor Beardsley / NPR
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Despite tensions between Russia and the West, Moscow is forging links with far-right, anti-EU parties in Europe. They're attracted to the traditional social values of Vladimir Putin's Russia's.

As Uber Expands, It Asks Cities For Forgiveness Instead Of Permission

Dec. 26
Aarti Shahani / NPR
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In 2014, Uber became one of the most valuable privately held companies on earth. It expanded to more than 200 cities, but criticism and legal battles have ballooned in parallel with its revenues.

Oregon Woman Released From East Timor Prison

Dec. 25
Doreen McCallister / NPR

Stacey Addison of Portland was arrested in September shortly after crossing the border into East Timor. She shared a taxi with a stranger who had picked up a package that police say contained drugs.

A Decade After Tsunami, Asia's Shattered Coasts Are On The Mend

Dec. 25
Scott Neuman / NPR
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On Dec. 26, 2004, a massive earthquake in the ocean east of the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered waves that killed 230,000 people in 11 countries.

'The Interview', Greeted By Sold-Out Shows, May Net Millions This Weekend

Dec. 25
Christopher Dean Hopkins / NPR
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The North-Korea-infuriating comedy received a limited release on Christmas, mostly in independent theaters, after hacker-threatened Sony Pictures first pulled the film then made it available.

Somalia's Al-Shabab Attacks African Peacekeepers

Dec. 25
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Eight gunmen fired on the African Union's main based in Somalia, killing three soldiers and a civilian contractor.

What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

Dec. 25
Lynnsay Maynard / NPR
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The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.

Where Ebola Has Closed Schools, A Radio Program Provides A Faint Signal Of Hope

Dec. 25
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton / NPR
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1.5 million children are out of school in Liberia. It's possible kids may not return to class until spring.

Economy Weathers A Bad Winter And Other Storms To Finish 2014 Strong

Dec. 25
John Ydstie / NPR
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Early in 2014, the economy was floored by the polar vortex — plus, businesses and consumers were dazed by a government shutdown and debt limit fight. But it rebounded, and analysts are optimistic.

Why Bury Fig Trees? A Curious Tradition Preserves A Taste Of Italy

Dec. 25
Hal Klein / NPR
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For generations, Italian-American fig growers in the Northeast have buried their trees in trenches for the winter. It's a tradition that preserves both flavor and ancestral ties to southern Italy.

Father Of Jordanian Pilot Held By ISIS Issues Plea For His Release

Dec. 25
Scott Neuman / NPR

The father of 26-year-old Flight Lt. Moaz al-Kaseasbeh, urged his son's Islamic State captors to treat him well and set him free because "we are all Muslims."