Phil Robertson also says he won't "back off from my path." The reality show star has been suspended by A&E for his comments about homosexuality. Meanwhile, Cracker Barrel apologizes to customers for removing Duck Dynasty merchandise from its restaurants and says it will bring the goods back.
For millions of Americans, Dec. 23 is the last day to sign up for individual health plans to be assured of coverage Jan 1. That's the case in all 36 states that use the federal website healthcare-dot-gov.
In these last several days of 2013, Morning Edition is having conversations about the future. Steve Inskeep talks to Vanessa Cardenas, vice president of Progress 2050, a project of the left-leaning Center for American Progress, about election demographics.
Here's an example of off-beat stories from United Press International: Germany dropped the longest word in its language. Maker's Mark had plans to lower the alcohol content in its whiskey. And a Canadian dentist bought John Lennon's tooth at auction, hoping to use it to clone the Beatle.
President Obama has had a dramatic trajectory this year. He started 2013 fresh off a hard-fought electoral victory, going into a second term with a lot of goals. He ends the year with many of his priorities stalled and his poll numbers at all-time lows.
States screen newborns for rare genetic disorders, but increasingly those disorders don't have simple cures, if they have any cure at all. Sometimes the diagnosis isn't clear cut, either. That leaves some parents not knowing the fate of their child.
Unless the erratic bursts of energy generated on a windy or sunny day can be stored and later measured out in an even way, these renewable sources of power can't be counted on to stabilize the electrical grid. Several battery-making startups hope to help — and reduce electric bills.
Monday is the last game at Candlestick Park for the San Francisco 49ers. The NFL team is moving, and the park, famous for its windy and foggy weather, is being demolished after this football season. It leaves behind more than 50 years of memories.
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