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The Snow Angels, Ice Skating, Cookie Dough & Snuggles cocktail is served in a Santa Claus mug at Miracle on Seventh Street, a pop-up holiday cocktail bar in Washington, D.C. The cocktail contains butter-washed vodka, coffee liqueur, creme de cacao, hazelnut liqueur, half-and-half and salt. It's served with a little ball of egg-free cookie dough as garnish. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Christmas Cookie Cocktails: Nice, Naughty Drinks For (21+) Boys And Girls

They sound completely disgusting. But cookie-dough-themed cocktails are a trend this holiday season, including at a D.C. pop-up where they're the most popular drinks.

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Mumps Bump: Cases Rise In Iowa, Illinois And Arkansas

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The Snow Angels, Ice Skating, Cookie Dough & Snuggles cocktail is served in a Santa Claus mug at Miracle on Seventh Street, a pop-up holiday cocktail bar in Washington, D.C. The cocktail contains butter-washed vodka, coffee liqueur, creme de cacao, hazelnut liqueur, half-and-half and salt. It's served with a little ball of egg-free cookie dough as garnish. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Christmas Cookie Cocktails: Nice, Naughty Drinks For (21+) Boys And Girls

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City Officials Go To Court To Protect New Yorkers With Municipal IDs

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John Evard, 70, at the Las Vegas Recovery Center last July. Evard, a retired tax attorney, checked into a rehabilitation program to help him quit the prescribed opioids that had left him depressed, groggy and dependent on the drugs. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Opioids Can Derail The Lives Of Older People, Too

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Phones, Machines and King Kong B. Fleischmann

Lawyers for the family of Nie Shubin, who was executed by firing squad in 1995 for rape and murder, leave court in December 2014. China's Supreme Court exonerated Nie on Dec. 2, following years of effort by his family to clear his name. Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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China Exonerates Man Executed 21 Years Ago For A Murder He Didn't Commit

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Sligo River Blues John Fahey
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For America's Top Spy Catcher, A World Of Problems To Fix — And Prevent

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Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree [Single Version] Brenda Lee
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The Opening Day 45 website advertised an event honoring Donald Trump and listed his sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, as honorary co-chairmen. The site was later changed to say "Coming Soon." openingday45.com/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Proposed Fundraiser Featuring Trump's Sons Raises Questions

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Kadhja Bonet grew up playing classical music, but she always felt the need to experiment with other genres. "I much preferred the gypsy folk music that I would try to incorporate into my training, or klezmer — things like that," she says. Sinziana Velicescu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kadhja Bonet's Quarter-Life Crisis Led Her Home — To Music

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Honeycomb Kadhja Bonet
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