7:50am

Tue December 18, 2012
Shots - Health News

Seniors Looking To Quit Smoking Get More Help From Medicare

Medicare is making it easier for beneficiaries to stamp out cigarettes for good.
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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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6:08am

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

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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6:06am

Tue December 18, 2012
KALW Almanac

Tuesday December 18, 2012

1961 -
  • 353rd Day of 2012 / 13 Remaining
  • 3 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:20
  • Sunset:4:54
  • 9 Hours 34 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:11:08am
  • Moon Set:11:18pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 36 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • December 28 @ 2:22 am
  • Full Cold Moon
  • Full Long Nights Moon

During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest.

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5:31am

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Is A 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal Near?

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 2:50 am

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

(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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5:01am

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

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

NBC News' Richard Engel. (2009 file shot.)
Meet the Press Getty Images

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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4:35am

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 10:00 am

In Newtown: A memorial to the victims.
Mario Tama Getty Images
  • 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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4:11am

Tue December 18, 2012
Animals

Christmas Comes Early At Australia's Taronga Zoo

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4:06am

Tue December 18, 2012
Around the Nation

Questions Answered About Indiana Jones Package

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3:07am

Tue December 18, 2012
Remembrances

Sen. Inouye, A War Hero Who Broke Barriers, Dies At 88

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 10:06 am

Inouye's wife, Maggie, waves to a neighbor as she, the senator and son Kenny prepare to leave their home, Aug. 4, 1973, in Bethesda, Md.
Bill Weems AP

Hawaii Democrat Daniel Inouye, the Senate's senior member, died at a Bethesda, Md., hospital Monday. He was 88 years old and was suffering from a respiratory ailment. The Japanese-American was known for his heroism in World War II and for breaking racial barriers.

Born to Japanese immigrants in Hawaii in 1924, the young Inouye dreamed of becoming a surgeon, but world events intervened as he was listening to the radio on Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941.

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2:31am

Tue December 18, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 3:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with pressure to sell.

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