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'Light Doesn't Die': A Sister's Poem For Slain Sandy Hook Teacher

Unable to sleep in the days after the Newtown, Conn., killings, Emily Leukhardt found herself writing about the sister who she says was "just fundamentally good."

In Limbo: Stateless Man Stuck On American Samoa

Mikhail Sebastian came to the South Pacific island for what should have been a short vacation; he has now been there for a year. U.S. immigration officials say he self-deported.

Years Delayed, Detroit Starts Testing Rape Kits For Evidence

In 2009, thousands of boxes of potential evidence were discovered untested. Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy is leading the effort to handle the backlog. While the city still lacks sufficient funding to test all of the 11,000 kits, it has made two convictions and discovered a pattern of serial rapists.

Hollywood Writer's Gongs Still Going Strong

The gong business is still a hit for Andrew Borakove, a comedy television writer turned gong salesmen. Despite the rocky economy, his doors have been open for eight years. "We've watched the world go up and down," he says, "but when you're selling gongs, there's no up or down, it's just round."

Acts Of Kindness Continue At Corner Perk Cafe

Earlier this year, one of the regulars at a Bluffton, S.C., coffee shop decided to donate $100 to buy other customers' coffee. Her gift sparked a chain reaction of people who also decided to "pay it forward."

From Obamacare To Wis. Recall: 2012 Political Headlines

President Obama's re-election wasn't the only noteworthy news of 2012. Host Jacki Lyden talks to Newsweek/Daily Beast correspondent Michael Tomasky about the biggest political stories of 2012.

2012 Economic News That Didn't Involve Cliff-Plunging

The fiscal cliff has been dominating headlines, but there were other, more uplifting economics stories of 2012. Host Jacki Lyden talks to Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan. They take a look back at the biggest economics stories of the year.

Cautious Optimism For Behind-The-Scenes Fiscal Dealing

The deadline for the so-called "fiscal cliff" is fast-approaching. The combination of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes go into effect in just three days. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with host Jacki Lyden about where congressional leaders are on a deal.