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Vaccine Refusals Fueled California's Whooping Cough Epidemic

The whooping cough vaccine isn't perfect, but public health officials suspected that something else contributed to the 2010 pertussis outbreak in California. A study finds that neighborhoods where more parents filed for vaccination exemptions for their children had higher rates of infection.

Wis. Rep. Moves To Legalize Plastic Duck Races

People in Sheboygan Falls, Wis., sponsor the Ducktona 500, floating hundreds of ducks downriver. They did it for years before learning the raffle based on the race is illegal gambling.A state representative is sponsoring a bill that would legalize duck races.

Beer Promotion Fills Seats For Jaguar's Game

These are not the best of times for football fans in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jaguars are one of the worst teams in the NFL, regularly losing by double digits. On Sunday, the home stadium ran a promotion — free beer with a ticket. Eighty-nine percent of the stadium's seats were sold.

Are You Ready For Some Shutdown? Here's Monday's Schedule

The Democratic-led Senate is expected on Monday afternoon to reject the latest plan from the Republican-led House. With a midnight ET deadline looming, it's looking as if a partial government shutdown can't be avoided.

Paris, Texas, May Fulfill Years-Old City Services Promise

Some residents of Paris, Texas, have been fighting to secede. They say the city owes them water and sewer lines that were promised when their part of town was annexed 14 years ago. A resolution may be at hand.

House, Senate Disagree On How To Keep Government Open

A partial government shutdown is looming. To discuss the situation, David Greene and Steve Inskeep talk to contributor Cokie Roberts, NPR's Mara Liasson, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish and Robert Costa, who covers Congress for the National Review.

Clock Keeps Ticking Toward Government Shutdown

The government is expected to partially shutdown at midnight Monday night if Congress cannot agree on a spending plan. The Senate is expected to reject a House bill passed over the weekend. That bill funds the government, but delays the president's health care law by one year, and repeals a tax that helps pay for it.

Yankees Say Goodbye To Rivera And His Cut Fastball

This was the final season for New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. His number is being retired by the only team he has ever played for during his 19-year Major League Baseball career. Rivera with his signature pitch, the cut fastball, was one of the most successful closers in baseball history.

Insurance Exchange 101: Here's What You Need To Know

If all goes as planned, people who don't have insurance will be able to shop for it on online insurance marketplaces starting Tuesday. As long as people sign up by Dec. 15, they'll be covered starting Jan. 1.

Asian Investors Find Hot Market In U.S. Properties

Sales in commercial real estate here in the U.S. have soared over the past year. Asian nations, particularly China, are scooping up trophy properties and investing in some large, long-term development projects at a record pace.