Around the Nation
1:47 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Snowstorm Leave Parts Of Midwest, Northeast And Canada Powerless

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 5:23 am

Christmas is less than merry and far from bright for hundreds of thousands of families from the upper Midwest to the far northeast and into Canada, where ice storms have downed power lines, leaving many households in the cold and dark.

This is the worst holiday week in the 126-year history of Michigan's largest power company, Consumers Energy. The outages began over the weekend, affecting nearly 350,000 customers. Power has been restored to many, but more than 120,000 remain in the dark.

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Parallels
12:04 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

NAFTA Opened Continent For Some Canadian Companies

The Bombardier Challenger 300 is one of the most popular midsize business jets in production. Canada-based Bombardier has boomed in the two decades since the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed.
Todd Williamson AP

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 5:27 pm

Six brand new Challenger corporate jets sit on a showroom floor waiting to be picked up here at the Bombardier Aerospace plant on the outskirts of Montreal. Manager Frank Richie watches as technicians polish the gleaming aircraft and make last-minute adjustments. Each one is personalized, from the leather trim inside to the fancy paint job on its exterior.

Through a side door, you enter an enormous assembly line for more than a dozen other Challenger jets. The factory floor spans nearly 900,000 square feet.

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NPR Story
11:41 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Ski Resorts Looking To Profit From China's Growing Middle Class

Aspen Skiing Company is one resort that is trying to profit from China's growing middle class by wooing them to its slopes. (Aspen Skiing Company)

The Chinese middle class is growing, and so is their disposable income.

Colorado’s ski resorts are trying some new tactics to attract Chinese tourists to the slopes. Marci Krivonen of Aspen Public Radio reports.

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NPR Story
11:40 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Toys Abound, Batteries Needed

Americans buy and throw away billions of batteries each year. (tomblois/Flickr)

If there are Hot Wheels, Furby Booms, or Lionel train sets under the tree this year, you have probably stocked up on batteries to power them.

Americans buy – and throw out – billions of batteries each year.

Philip E. Ross of IEEE Spectrum joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to explain the difference between AA and AAA batteries, and advises when to use rechargeable batteries.

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NPR Story
11:40 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Gloria Estefan's Grammy Nominated Spin On 'The Standards'

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 2:15 pm

Miami songstress Gloria Estefan has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

Her album, “The Standards“ features her take on not only hits from the Great American Songbook, but also Brazilian and Argentinean classics as well.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Wed December 25, 2013

In Christmas Message, Snowden Tells Britons 'Privacy Matters'

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in an address televised Wednesday on Britain's Channel 4.
Screengrab/Channel 4

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 11:14 pm

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had a Christmas Day warning for Britons: "A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all."

Britain's Channel 4 televised Snowden's short address as the network's "Alternative Christmas Message," an annual address delivered by a public figure that mimics the style of Queen Elizabeth's Royal Christmas Message. You can watch the full 1:43 video at Channel 4's website.

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Shots - Health News
10:03 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Diabetes Gene Common In Latinos Has Ancient Roots

The skull of a female Neanderthal, who lived about 50,000 years ago, is displayed at the Natural History Museum in London.
Rick Findler/Barcroft Media Landov

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 8:02 am

When it comes to the rising prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, there are many factors to blame.

Diet and exercise sit somewhere at the top of the list. But the genes that some of us inherit from Mom and Dad also help determine whether we develop the disease, and how early it crops up.

Now an international team of scientists have identified mutations in a gene that suggests an explanation for why Latinos are almost twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as Caucasians and African-Americans.

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Interviews
9:03 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Graham Nash Has 'Wild Tales' To Spare

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 9:47 am

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 15, 2013.

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The Two-Way
7:17 am
Wed December 25, 2013

U.S. Embassy In Kabul Hit By Indirect Fire

Afghans stand near a crater from an attack reportedly targeting the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday.
Ahmad Nazar AP

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 11:10 pm

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, was hit by indirect rocket fire Wednesday morning, officials say. NPR's Sean Carberry reports for our Newscast unit that no one was injured.

"They hit in an open area; they didn't strike any of the embassy buildings. There was no damage to embassy facilities, and there were no causalities," he said.

Embassy officials say they are investigating. Taliban insurgents claimed they fired rockets at the embassy, but they often make claims that turn out to be exaggerated or untrue.

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Around the Nation
4:29 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Milwaukee Hopes Cheese Brine Is Cheap Road De-Icer

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 4:04 pm

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