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Shots - Health News

High Costs For Drugs Used By A Few Are Starting To Add Up

A cystic fibrosis drug that is expected to be taken by only a few hundred people may drain almost $36 million from California's general fund over two fiscal years.

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Parallels - World News

In France, A Quiet Hero Belatedly Comes To Light

A security guard risked his life to save hundreds in November's Paris attacks. "We saw the worst things that night, the worst human beings ever. And then we saw the best," says one survivor he helped.

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Movie Interviews

Spike Lee On Michael Jackson's Evolution From Child Star To 'Off The Wall'

The director has a new documentary called Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall that explores the King of Pop's seminal LP. "Michael is alive because his music is still here," he says.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Obama Celebrates 'Durable Economy' As Unemployment Drops Below 5 Percent

The January jobs report indicated unemployment was at 4.9 percent, the lowest rate since the recession. But the U.S. only added 151,000 jobs, missing economists' expectations of 190,000 new jobs.

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Gone Mot: The French Uproar Over Removing Some Circumflex Accents

Publishers in France are altering the spellings of around 2,400 words in textbooks and will drop the hat-shaped circumflex accent in some cases. That's causing outrage.

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Politics

Democrats Debate: What Is A Progressive And Who Wants To Be One?

The term has also been used to cover certain ideas, attitudes, movements and schools of thought. It has been affixed to leading American politicians, in both major parties, including Teddy Roosevelt.

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Songs We Love

Listen: The Lumineers, 'Ophelia' WXPN

The foot-stomping, folk-rock hit-makers behind "Ho Hey" premiere their first new music since 2012.

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Gone With A Gunshot, His Little Sister Remains 'Eternally 8'

Home alone with his sister, Sean Smith, then 10, stumbled upon a .38 revolver. In a single cataclysmic moment, Smith's sister was dead — and in all the years since, he hasn't lived the accident down.

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Digging Deep To Build The Tallest Hotel In Iran

Ebrahim Pourfaraj started digging a giant hole in Tehran well before sanctions were lifted. He's betting Iran's economy will open up, attracting investors and visitors who've long been locked out.

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