Kevin Counihan (left) runs HealthCare.gov, and Michael Cannon, of the Cato Institute, is a prominent critic of Obamacare. Courtesy of Chion Wolf/WNPR ; Courtesy of the Cato Institute hide caption

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A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future WNPR

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

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This copper engraving from approximately 1700 depicts the condition of the English prisoners at the hands of the Dutch. Cornell University's Eric Tagliacozzo says that in the 1660s, the conflict and competition for the spice trade came to a head. "The Dutch decapitated a number of English merchants who were also in the Spice Islands trying to profit from the trade." WikiCommons hide caption

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The Salt

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.

Marijuana-infused lollipops are displayed at a dispensary in Denver in 2013. Aspen recently launched an education campaign to teach visitors how to use the drug safely. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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Getting High Safely: Aspen Launches Marijuana Education Campaign KAJX

Authorities in the Colorado city have dispersed information brochures on the do's and don'ts of marijuana use. It lists facts such as where pot is legal and how long the high takes to set in.

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People celebrate after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed bill AB60 on Oct. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. Also known as the Safe and Responsible Driver Act, it allows those in the country illegally to apply for state driver's licenses. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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California DMV Prepares For Undocumented Residents Applying For Licenses

The state expects 1.6 million who are in the country illegally to apply for driver's licenses when a new law takes effect Jan. 1. The DMV is adding 800 employees to help handle the influx.

The toxic ingredients of a cyberattack like the one North Korea is accused of unleashing on Sony Pictures are available in underground markets. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Sony Hack Highlights Global Underground Market For Malware

The software used in the data breach is available on the underground market. This makes it easier for criminals to execute an attack, but harder to identify the perpetrators.

Dr. Senga Omeonga pictured outside St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Monrovia. He moved to Liberia from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011. Omeonga contracted Ebola but survived it. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Ebola Survivor: 'You Feel Like ... A Ghost'

Dr. Senga Omeonga says his days in treatment were a living hell. The experience has changed his view of the world — and the way he treats patients.

A New York Stock Exchange trader works on the floor on Dec. 17. Stocks rose nearly 300 points after the Federal Reserve announced it plans to begin raising interest rates next year. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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Economy

Economy Weathers A Bad Winter And Other Storms To Finish 2014 Strong

Early in the year, the economy was floored by the polar vortex, a government shutdown and the fight over the debt limit. But it rebounded, and analysts are optimistic.

A lone mosque that survived devastating tidal waves sits amid the ruins of the village of Lhoknga, outside the provincial capital Banda Aceh, on Jan. 3, 2005. The mosque became a symbol of the tsunami's destruction. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

A Decade After Tsunami, Asia's Shattered Coasts Are On The Mend

On Dec. 26, 2004, a massive earthquake in the ocean east of the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered waves that killed 230,000 people in 11 countries.

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