Russian tourists typically flock to the luxury ski resort of Megeve in the French Alps, but the weak ruble has kept them away this year. Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Russian Economic Woes Hit France's Ski Slopes

For the past decade, wealthy Russians have flocked to the fabled slopes in the French Alps. But the drop in the ruble is now keeping them away, and the region's economy is starting to feel the effect.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., prepares to speak to the media Thursday before the Senate voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Jim Lo Scalzo /EPA /Landov hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Senate OKs Keystone XL Pipeline, Setting Up Fight With Obama

Nine Democrats joined 53 Republicans to pass the measure, which must be reconciled with a version passed by the House. The Senate vote is also not enough to override a threatened presidential veto.

Fieldale Farms in Gainesville, Ga., says it can't keep enough workers to meet demand for its poultry products, despite paying $16 per hour plus benefits. Jim Zarroli/NPR hide caption

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Business

Some Businesses Say Immigrant Workers Are Harder To Find

The president's recent executive actions will allow millions of immigrants to stay in the U.S. But many businesses say those changes aren't enough to help them find and keep all the workers they need.

James (Abigail) Allen. from the 1828 London publication "An Authentic Narrative of the Extraordinary Career of James Allen, the Female Husband!" Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle/New York Public Library hide caption

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NPR History Dept.

'Female Husbands' In The 19th Century

In newspapers, magazines and novels, the "female husband" was a person of great interest.

There are more than 160 living Hall of Fame football players. The famous busts of the inductees line the walls in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. JW Ogden/Flickr hide caption

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Sports

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Tackles Assisted Living Center WKSU

Canton, Ohio, has launched an ambitious expansion plan, including assisted living for Hall of Famers. The concept is part business, part nostalgia and part a sense of responsibility to ballplayers.

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WKSU

New apartment buildings are replacing empty lots in Mantua, one of Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods. Will Figg for NPR hide caption

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Code Switch

Can A Growing University Stop Gentrification From Snowballing?

Drexel University is taking a hands-on approach to redeveloping one of Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods with a new center designed to serve not just students but mainly local residents.

A 2011 Subaru Legacy is among the nine vehicles that were found to have a driver fatality rate of zero in a new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. DANIEL ACKER/Landov hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Car Safety Improves: Study Lists Those With Most, And Least, Driver Deaths

For 2011 models through the 2012 calendar year, driver deaths per million registered vehicle years fell to 28 from 48 just three years earlier, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Environmental groups cited Wendy's as "Poor" in the area of packaging sustainability. One reason is that the chain still uses black plastic bowls, which cannot be recycled. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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The Salt

Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.

Zarine Khan (right) and Shafi Khan, parents of Mohammed Hamzah Khan, speak to reporters in Chicago Oct. 9 after a federal hearing for their 19-year-old son, accused of trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Pro-ISIS Messages Create Dilemma For Social Media Companies

Facebook, YouTube and other sites are being asked to do more to stop terrorists. Yet they are also being asked to let some of the propaganda remain to help officials track jihadis.

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