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The Salt

Not For You, Cindy Lou! These Tasty Holiday Treats Are For Grownups

With tantalizing twists like liqueur, coffee and spices, kids may turn up their little red noses at these decadent delights — but that just leaves more for you and your adult friends.

Not For You, Cindy Lou! These Tasty Holiday Treats Are For Grownups

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A gunman's appearance at a Washington, D.C., pizzeria that was falsely reported to house a pedophilia ring has elevated worries over the unrelenting rise of fake news on the Internet. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Law

What Legal Recourse Do Victims Of Fake News Stories Have?

Real people hurt by fake news can sue under defamation law. But University of Denver law professor Derigan Silver notes that winning monetary damages doesn't undo the damage to a person's reputation.

What Legal Recourse Do Victims Of Fake News Stories Have?

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People gather on Monday at Lake Merritt in Oakland, Calif., for a vigil honoring the victims of the Friday night fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse, where 36 people were killed. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images hide caption

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Around the Nation

Deadly Fire In Oakland May Spark Crackdown On Off-The-Grid Artists' Spaces

KQED Public Media

Rents in the Bay Area are among the highest in the country, pushing many artists into illegal work/live spaces like the Ghost Ship, where a fire left 36 dead. Now, officials vow to step up regulation.

Deadly Fire In Oakland May Spark Crackdown On Off-The-Grid Artists' Spaces

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Shots - Health News

Doctors And Hospitals Tell Patients: Show Us The Money Before Treatment

Kaiser Health News

As patients' share of medical bills has grown with the rise in deductibles, copays and coinsurance, providers have become laser focused on getting payments up front.

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Code Switch

Diver's Ambassador Life Showed Bigotry Is Never Far From The Surface

Years after Pearl Harbor and decades before a proposed "Muslim registry," Sammy Lee tried to "prove that in America, I could do anything." America hasn't always been convinced.

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., Sen. Chris Murphy D-Conn., Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., called for Senate passage of the 21st Century Cures Act on Monday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Mental Health Care Gets A Boost From 21st Century Cures Act

Kaiser Health News

Early intervention for treating psychosis and grants to train more psychologists and psychiatrists are just some of the ways the legislation would change mental health services.

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All Tech Considered

Consumer Cost Emerges As Key Issue In Grilling Of AT&T-Time Warner Merger

A congressional hearing on the proposed $85.4 billion merger focused heavily on questions about the impact on consumer prices and how the companies might use their competitive advantage.

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Politics

Fact Check: Trump's Victory Tour Stump Speech In N.C.

The president-elect is giving speeches in swing states he won that hark back to his rallies during the campaign. NPR policy and political experts check the claims Trump is making on his victory tour.

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The Salt

North Platte Canteen: Where The Heartland Opened Its Heart In WWII

At this bustling Nebraska railroad hub, volunteers — mostly women — greeted and fed about 6 million soldiers. And the taste of those homefront meals was a comfort to troops on the battlefield.

A large balloon in support of the Heartbeat Bill flies outside the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, in June 2012. More than four years later, the measure, which would ban abortions as soon as six weeks after conception, has passed the Legislature — after being folded into a widely supported child abuse bill. Ann Sanner/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Ohio Legislature Moves To Ban Abortion As Early As 6 Weeks After Conception

At six weeks after conception, many women still don't know they are pregnant. Similar laws have been struck down in other states, but supporters hope for a different outcome in a Trump administration.