Terri Van Keuren (from left), Rick Shoup and Pamela Farrell, children of Col. Harry Shoup, commander of the Continental Air Defense Command, visited StoryCorps in Castle Rock, Colo., to talk about how their dad helped to create the U.S. military's Santa Tracker. StoryCorps hide caption

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NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

It all started in 1955 with a misprint in a Colorado newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret military hotline. Shoup played along with the tiny voice who called, and a tradition was born.

NYU Langone Medical Center is one of the teaching hospitals being penalized by Medicare for too many medical errors. Joshua Bright/AP hide caption

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Teaching Hospitals Hit Hardest By Medicare Fines For Patient Safety Kaiser Health News

Medicare will cut payments to hospitals with high rates of patient infections and injuries. Half of the nation's academic medical centers will be docked by Medicare for making too many medical mistakes.

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These amphipods were discovered by scientists from the University of Aberdeen in waters more than four miles deep, north of New Zealand. Similar shrimp-like crawlers may lurk at the bottom of the Challenger Deep. Oceanlab/University of Aberdeen/AP hide caption

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7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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