Shots - Health News
9:50 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Seniors Looking To Quit Smoking Get More Help From Medicare

Medicare is making it easier for beneficiaries to stamp out cigarettes for good.
larding Flickr

Everyone knows that quitting smoking is one of the surest ways to reduce the risk of dying.

But it has taken a long time for some Medicare beneficiaries to get the same kind of help with quitting that's routinely available to people with private health insurance.

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Business
8:57 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Army Corps moves forward on scheduled rock blasting

Credit Jacob McCleland / KRCU

The Army Corps of Engineers will begin blasting Mississippi River rock outcrops later today, and the rocks could impede barge traffic south of Cape Girardeau near Thebes, Illinois.

Corps officials originally planned to start this work in late January. Instead, they began this weekend. Contractors are already scraping off the tops of the underwater rocks. Today, they will drill holes and fill them with explosives, according to spokesperson Mike Peterson.

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Radio Friends
8:50 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Val Germann, CMAA

Today Paul Pepper chats with VAL GERMANN, Central Missouri Astronomical Association, about the Mayan calendar and the end of the world, scheduled for this Friday!

Politics
8:42 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Missouri officials engage in gun control discussion, following Newtown tragedy

More guns in schools is the recommendation of Republican state Representative Stanley Cox, of Sedalia. The national debate about guns and school safety is echoed by Missouri politicians.
Credit John Murden / Flickr

The national discussion about gun control following the Newtown, Conn. shootings that killed 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, is also playing out in Missouri.

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The Two-Way
8:08 am
Tue December 18, 2012

For Two Cubans In Guantanamo, Daily Commute Between Two Worlds Ends

Luis La Rosa, left, and Harry Henry on one of their last days at work on the U.S. Naval Station Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Suzette Laboy AP

We've had to focus on news about the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., since Friday, which means we missed some interesting stories over the past few days. NPR intern Rachel Brody shares one of them.

This is a story about a daily commute that spanned regimes, not just miles.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Is A 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal Near?

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at the White House last month.
Toby Jorrin AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 4:50 am

(Scroll down for updates on the GOP's "plan B" and White House rejecting it.)

Talks are "heating up."

Differences are "narrowing."

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Tue December 18, 2012

NBC News' Richard Engel, Two Colleagues Freed From Syrian Captors

NBC News' Richard Engel. (2009 file shot.)
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NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and two members of his production team are free after five days of being held captive in Syria.

The network says Engel and his colleagues were traveling with rebels in Syria last Thursday when they were kidnapped by armed men. Their captors "executed one of the rebels 'on the spot,' " NBC says.

Monday evening, NBC reports:

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The Two-Way
6:35 am
Tue December 18, 2012

In A 'Numb' Newtown, Students Head Back To School

In Newtown: A memorial to the victims.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 12:00 pm

  • NPR's Don Gonyea, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

Most students returned to school today in Newtown, Conn., site of Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school that left 20 first-graders and six adults dead or dying.

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Animals
6:11 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Christmas Comes Early At Australia's Taronga Zoo

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6:06 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Questions Answered About Indiana Jones Package

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