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Extreme Cold Convinces Escaped Convict To Give Up: VIDEO

How cold is it? It's so cold that at least one escapee from prison asked to be put back behind bars. Robert Vick walked away from a minimum security facility in Kentucky on Sunday. By Monday evening, he'd had enough. So he turned himself in.
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Drinking Too Much? Don't Count On Your Doctor To Ask

Alcohol uses causes a lot of health problems, and most of the trouble strikes drinkers who aren't alcoholics. Something as simple as a five-question screening test and a brief chat about cutting back can help people change course. But more than 80 percent of adults say they've never discussed alcohol use with a health professional.
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Frolicking Fido, Cozy Cats: How Your Pets Are Chilling Out

Some pets enjoyed playing outside in the snow, while others preferred curling up near the fireplace. We asked you for photos of how your pets are dealing with the weather — and you folks delivered.
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What Is The Polar Vortex And Why Is It Doing This To Us?

This super cold air is usually whirling around the Arctic. But a big piece has plunged further south than normal. One way to think about what's happening: If a spinning ice skater extends her arms, she slows down. Sometimes, she wobbles and falls. The polar vortex has sort of stretched out an arm.

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How To Successfully Link GED Tests And Jobs

For hundreds of thousands of adult students, the General Educational Development test is a good way to finish their education. LaGuardia Community College in New York is going a step further, by tailoring prep courses for jobs in particular fields. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gail Mellow, the president of LaGuardia Community College to learn more.
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Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings

The punter says his outspoken support of same-sex marriage got him fired, but adds that he has no regrets. He tells NPR's Michel Martin: "If you're not willing to speak out for the rights of other people, then who do you expect to speak out for you when it's your turn?"
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New Law Allows Transgender Students To Choose Bathrooms And Sports Teams

A new California law allows transgender students to choose restrooms and sport teams based on the gender they identify with. Host Michel Martin speaks with a parenting roundtable about the pros and cons.
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Deaths Are Bitter Reminder Of Cold Snap's Dangers

Bitterly cold temperatures and storms have already caused at least 15 deaths in recent days. Authorities remind everyone that it's important to be prepared and to stay inside if you can. That advice may seem obvious, but people do continue to take risks.
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Senate Votes To Move Ahead On Extending Unemployment Benefits

In a 60-37 vote, the measure passes a key procedural hurdle, moving a three-month extension of benefits to 1.3 million Americans closer to passage.
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Hang In There Another Day Or So — Warmer Air Is Coming

While bone-chilling temperatures remain across much of the nation, there are some fun (and safe) things to do. Morning Edition is asking for photos about what some very cool folks are up to.

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