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In Pakistan, Literary Spring Is Both Renaissance And Resistance

For the past decade Pakistan has faced war, political instability and the rise of religious extremism. But those crises have fueled a new generation of Pakistani writers and artists.

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Despite Worries, Boston Survivor Heads Back To The Start Line

At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.

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Patients Often Win If They Appeal A Denied Health Claim

Obamacare set national rules for appealing a denied health claim — a process that used to vary by employer and state. Consumers should appeal more often, advocates say. Half the time, they'll win.

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Despite Worries, Boston Survivor Heads Back To The Start Line

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Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes

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In Portugal, A Sales Receipt May Be Your Ticket To Win Big

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Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers

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Despite enduring violence and instability in Pakistan, artists and authors are thriving on the international stage. For many of them, culture has become a kind of resistance. Above, the 17th century Imperial Mosque in the Old City of Lahore serves as a reminder of the historical legacy and texture of Pakistan's art capital. Bilal Qureshi/NPR hide caption

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The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars

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Patients Often Win If They Appeal A Denied Health Claim

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