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In 2012, Health Care Costs Grow More Slowly Than U.S. Economy

Health care spending continued to rise in 2012, but it did so at a relatively low rate for the 4th year in a row. The report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Spending said overall spending on health care increased 3.7 percent over the previous year.

Patients, Consumer Advocates Question Hip Implant Settlement

Lawyers for thousands of patients who had to have their defective hip replacements removed have reached a settlement with the company that made the faulty device. Many patients, however, aren't satisfied, and consumer advocates say the case illustrates what's wrong with how the government regulates implantable medical devices.

Florida State Beat Auburn To Become College Football Champs

No. 1 Florida State defeated No. 2 Auburn 34-31 in Monday night's final BCS Championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. There will be a playoff system next year.

Millions Forced To Cope With Frigid Weather

The coldest temperatures in years and gusty winds that blasted the Midwest are expected to travel as far south as Brownsville, Texas, and Central Florida. The arctic air has caused temperatures to drop 20 to 40 degrees below average in several states and forced businesses and schools to close.

Blowing Bubbles And Other Cold Weather Experiments

Morning Edition listeners test the physics of extreme cold with some home-made science experiments.

The Secret Burglary That Exposed J. Edgar Hoover's FBI

A new book reveals details of the historic 1971 burglary of an FBI office in Media, Pa., that exposed domestic surveillance abuses committed by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. The bureau never solved the case. Now, for the first time in four decades, the people behind the burglary have told their story.

Sunday Assembly: A Church For The Godless Picks Up Steam

There's little talk of God at "Sunday Assembly," but you will find community, music and skepticism. There are now almost 30 congregations in several countries, offering what the British founders of the movement call "the best bits of church, but with no religion and awesome pop songs."

CIA Lawyer: Waterboarding Wasn't Torture Then And Isn't Torture Now

John Rizzo, who guided the CIA through more than three decades of crisis and controversy, has written a new memoir called Company Man. He talks with NPR's Renee Montagne about the origins of the infamous "enhanced interrogation techniques" that emerged after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Texas Hires Coach Charlie Strong, And History Is Close At Hand

As he moves from Louisville to Austin, Strong becomes the first black coach of a men's team at Texas. For some, his hiring brings to mind how things have changed at a school that, during the 1960s, fielded teams made up of only white players.

Funding Could Dry Up For Kentucky's Noah's Ark Theme Park

Answers in Genesis, the nonprofit building the park, has fallen short of its fundraising target and must raise $29 million by Feb. 6.