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When Jasmine Uqdah aged out of the foster care system in 2008, she didn't have a job, a checking account or a car. She did have a college acceptance letter — but no money to pay for schooling. Joshua Lott for NPR hide caption

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From Foster Care To Freshman Year

Aging out of foster care and into college is a difficult transition that few make successfully. A few states, including Michigan, are now trying to change that.

The 114th Congress opens Tuesday, swearing in the most House Republicans since 1947. But how much does the numbers game really matter now? J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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6 Reasons Size Matters To The New GOP Majorities In Congress

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Using Tor, or The Onion Router, enables users to hide their online activities. Advocates say the network protects the privacy of activists. But prosecutors say it's used extensively by criminals — and is making it harder for law enforcement to do its job. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Prosecutors Say Tools For Hiding Online Hinder Cybercrime Crackdowns

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The Great Beyond David Ari Leon
Gracias Larry Carlton & Vince Gill

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A Restraining Order Can Be Just A Videoconference Away

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When Jasmine Uqdah aged out of the foster care system in 2008, she didn't have a job, a checking account or a car. She did have a college acceptance letter — but no money to pay for schooling. Joshua Lott for NPR hide caption

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From Foster Care To Freshman Year

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Two Teachers Claudia Quintet
Interlude 2 Edgar Meyer
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Dr. Devi Shetty meets with a patient. The surgeon, who says heart disease is on the rise in India, has never turned away a patient who had no money to pay. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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India's Philanthropist-Surgeon Delivers Cardiac Care Henry Ford-Style

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Safe Passage David Arkenstone

To protect against fraud, U.S. banks will be issuing credit cards with small computer chips. But some experts say using a PIN to complete a transaction is more secure than a signature. iStockphoto hide caption

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U.S. Credit Cards Tackle Fraud With Embedded Chips, But No PINs

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New Stain Halloween, Alaska
Well You Needn't Chet Baker
Spooky Avenue Blue
Sign of Horus Ralf Illenberger
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Nothing at All Friends of Dean Martinez

Dr Dieudonne Masemo Bihehe and Dr. Tina Amissi are physicians at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, now doing research through ICART, a new research center to support Congolese scholarship. Gregory Warner/NPR hide caption

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In The World's Rape Capital, Doctors Fight Violence With Science

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Violent and Beautiful [Album Version] The Union Trade

The San Francisco-based startup CellScope has built a tool to do ear exams at home, instead of going to the doctor. Cellscope hide caption

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Self-Tracking Gadgets That Play Doctor Abound At CES

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Buddhists pour fish into the river in Shanghai. Environmentalists say the ritual, while well-intentioned, can introduce invasive species. Many of the fish are quickly swooped up in nets by fishermen who position themselves nearby. Julia Langfitt for NPR hide caption

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Along Shanghai's River, Buddhist Tradition Meets Greedy Fishermen

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Picking Flowers Various Artists
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While It's Good Joe Sample & Soul Committee
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Dodge Ram pickup trucks await customers Jan. 5 on the lot at Landmark Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Morrow, Ga. Buoyed by a resurgent economy, holiday sales, cheap gasoline and a love affair with pickup trucks, Americans headed to car dealers in droves last month, pushing full-year sales to what's likely to be the highest level since 2006. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Low Gas Prices Give SUV Sales A Boost, But Automakers Take Long View

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A Place That Can't Exist Again: Blondie's New York

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Dreaming Blondie
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