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Gates Says His Points About Obama Have Been Mischaracterized

Reports this week about former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book have implied that he thinks President Obama approved a 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan believing the strategy would fail. But Gates tells NPR that's not right. He believes Obama became skeptical about the "troop surge" later on.

Why Getting A Job Doesn't Mean Getting Out Of Poverty

The nation's unemployment rate dipped in December, but most job growth is happening in low-wage industries like retail. So are low-wage jobs really lifting people out of poverty? Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax and historian Stephen Pimpare.

Franklin McCain, One Of 'Greensboro Four,' Dies

In February 1960, four young black men sat down at a whites-only lunch counter in North Carolina. Their protest would be followed by others across the nation and become a key moment in the civil rights movement. McCain once said that he wasn't scared. He was angry.

Maryland's Bold Plan To Curb Hospital Costs Gets Federal Blessing

Hospitals in Maryland would be financially rewarded for keeping people healthy and out of the hospital. The arrangement, once unimaginable, could serve as a model for containing hospital costs elsewhere in the country.

Economy Adds Only 74,000 Jobs In December; Jobless Rate At 6.7 Percent

The unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since late 2008, but the labor force has shrunk. That could be a sign that many Americans still think there just aren't that many job openings out there.

Target Says 70 Million Individuals' Data May Have Been Stolen

The number of people affected by a data breach during the holiday shopping season has increased dramatically. Target says customers names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses were taken. It's offering free credit monitoring and "zero liability" for any fraudulent charges.

Chemical Leak Causes Water Emergency In West Virginia

A chemical used to wash coal seeped into the Elk River near Charleston on Thursday. Customers in more than 100,000 homes and businesses that get their water from one local company have been advised not to drink, wash or bathe with what's coming from their taps. More than 480,000 people live in the affected area.

Picture This: Illustrator Gets Inspired By The Morning News

Last year, illustrator Maria Fabrizio was having a slow day at work, so she drew a picture of the pope "hanging up his hat." The idea caught on, and now she creates a news-inspired image every day on her Wordless News blog. Next week, all of her pictures will be inspired by Morning Edition.

Spalding Gray's Family Remembers A Man Who Was 'Never Boring'

On the 10th anniversary of Spalding Gray's disappearance, his widow and stepdaughter remember the writer and monologist — and the difference he made in their lives.

Sportswriter Who Let Readers Fill Out Hall Of Fame Ballot Is Banned

Dan Le Batard, a columnist for The Miami Herald who also appears on ESPN radio and television, says he turned his ballot over to Deadspin readers for many reasons, including a need for reform in Hall of Fame voting.