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Despite Election Defeat, Obama Sees Room To Push His Agenda

President Obama begins his administration's final phase the way he began several others: recovering from disaster, in this case the loss of the Senate. He's striving to show he won't be a lame duck.
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Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

Quick treatment with Narcan can save a life after an overdose of heroin or opioid pain pills. The year 2014 saw more police, drug users and their families carrying Narcan "rescue kits."
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Not Just A Man's Drink: Ladies Lead The Whiskey Renaissance

Whiskey was long considered a man's drink. But as sales of whiskey soar, it's women who are leading the new boom, thanks to a vanguard of female distillers, blenders and tasters.
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Road Salt Contributes To Toxic Chemical Levels In Streams

One of the primary tools that U.S. transportation departments count on to keep roads safe is road salt. But that has meant rising levels of chloride in many northern streams.
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Mae Keane, The Last 'Radium Girl,' Dies At 107

In the 1920s, working-class women were hired to paint radium onto glowing watch dials — and told to sharpen the brush with their lips. Dozens died within a few years, but Keane quit, and survived.
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Die-In, Vortex, Selfie Stick: What's The Word Of 2014?

In January, members of the American Dialect Society will vote on the 2014 Word of the Year. Linguist Ben Zimmer runs through some contenders — including words both old and new.
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Hula Heroine Helped Preserve The Hawaiian Islands' Traditional Dance

Aloha Dalire, a master of hula, in 1971 was the first winner of Hawaii's premier competition. She died in August, but her legacy continues through hula schools she helped open in Japan and the U.S.
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Ceremony In Afghanistan Officially Ends America's Longest War

While the conflict, which has claimed the lives of some 3,500 U.S. and NATO troops, is formally ending, 13,500 foreign soldiers will remain in support roles.
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Fleeing To Dismal Swamp, Slaves And Outcasts Found Freedom

Most Americans know about the Underground Railroad, which allowed Southern slaves to escape to the North. But some slaves stayed in the South, hidden in a place where they could resist enslavement.
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Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.

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