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A Christmas Tree Thrives On Farms, Struggles In The Wild

The Fraser fir is found in a lot of homes around Christmas. But its wild cousins have been in decline for almost a century because of a small invasive pest.

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Brenda Lee

China has built a massive international shipping port a few miles from the old fishing port of Hambantota, Sri Lanka. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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In Sri Lanka, China's Building Spree Is Raising Questions About Sovereignty

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Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree Oakwood Chamber Players
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A Christmas Tree Thrives On Farms, Struggles In The Wild

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New Dawn Followed By Ghosts
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Dorothy Buchanan, Dorothy Murray and Dorothy Kern — who call themselves "the three Dots" — grew up in the same hometown and celebrated their 100th birthdays together this year. Rebecca Conley/Maine Public Radio hide caption

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For These '3 Dots,' 100 Years Of Friendship, Fellowship And Fun

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Thank You For Being A Friend Andrew Gold
End Title Danny Elfman

New York police Sgt. Damon Martin in the 75th Precinct field intelligence office, where the walls are covered with photos of seized illegal guns. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Does New York City Need Gun Control?

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My Favorite Things Oakwood Chamber Players
Liverpool Street in the Rain mall grab

A horn player (left) in this detail from a 1694 altar carving by Francesco Antonio d'Alberto in Piedmont, Italy, clearly has a swollen neck that signifies goiter, medical historians say. The thyroid condition was a sign of poverty in those days. Renzo Dionigi hide caption

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Why Certain Poor Shepherds In Nativity Scenes Have Huge, Misshapen Throats

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