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Politics

Tom Price, HHS Nominee, Grilled On Stock Deals And Obamacare

In the first of two separate Senate hearings, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Health And Human Services defended stock transactions he made as a member of Congress as "above board."

The train, which began its journey in Yiwu, China, pulls into a rail freight terminal on Wednesday in London, after traveling for 16 days — across about 7,456 miles and nine countries. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

China's First Freight Train To The U.K. Rolls Into London

The train, which traveled nearly 7,500 miles, marks a milestone in China's intended revival of the centuries-old Silk Road trade routes linking East and West.

Former President George H.W. Bush flipped the coin for the kickoff between the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston on Oct. 30, 2016. Bob Levey/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

George H.W. Bush In Intensive Care; Barbara Bush Also Hospitalized

A spokesman for Bush says the former president, hospitalized on Saturday, has been admitted to the ICU with an acute respiratory problem. His wife has been admitted "as a precaution" after coughing.

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Shots - Health News

Scientists Troubled That 'Identical' Cancer Studies Produce Different Results

Results from some key cancer studies were different when the experiments were redone in different labs. Scientists don't yet know why, but say the answer could have health implications for patients.

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Politics

Unclear Role Of Trump's Special Advisers Has Some Concerned

President-elect Donald Trump has named some well-known figures as special advisers. But what that title might mean and how much power the positions might hold remains to be seen.

Unclear Role Of Trump's Special Advisers Has Some Concerned

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Thomas Graham, a former U.S. diplomat and the managing director of Kissinger Associates, Inc., says the focus when dealing with the Kremlin should be on "opening diplomatic channels and reducing the risk of unwanted confrontation." Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

How To Salvage U.S.-Russia Relations: One Expert's Take

"At this point, we're being manipulated by the Russians at very little cost to them. Things pop up, and we go into a frenzy," Thomas Graham of Kissinger Associates tells NPR in a rare interview.

Face masks were placed on stone monkeys at the Beijing Zoo on Dec. 19 to protest heavy air pollution in northeast China. A week earlier, riot police cracked down after artists put similar masks on human figures in Chengdu. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In China, Pollution Fears Are Both Literal And Metaphorical

Fears of contagion shape politics in today's China. A protest by artists against smog was met with swift repression. That's because authorities fear a different kind of pollution: destabilizing ideas.

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Songs We Love: The Spirit Of The Beehive, 'Ricky (Caught Me Tryin')'

With a woozy hook that's as dissonant as it is catchy, the Philadelphia band's new song mixes the pretty with the messy.

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In a small room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, mail from children is read, sorted into categories and answered by staff — except for the few that are sent every week to President Obama. The letters are eventually stored at the National Archives and will later find a home in the president's library. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Around the Nation

Dear Mr. President: Obama Staff Mobilizes To Answer Kids' Letters

In cramped offices near the White House, a brigade of staff, volunteers and former interns is scrambling to read every letter sent to President Obama — especially the letters from children.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad greets Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in April 2013. The two first met in 1985, during a visit by Xi to Iowa. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

An 'Old Friend Of China' Prepares To Bridge Differences At A Fraught Time

Donald Trump chose Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as ambassador to Beijing because of old ties with President Xi Jinping and Iowa's history of trade with China. Branstad will have a tough job.

An 'Old Friend Of China' Prepares To Bridge Differences At A Fraught Time

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