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Kangaroo Care Helps Preemies And Full Term Babies, Too

Holding a newborn on a parent's bare chest has long been used to help premature babies. Hospitals increasingly recommend it for full term babies, too. Doctors say it reduces pain and lowers stress.

This fence, made of circa-Vietnam War era surplus landing mats, ends at Otay Mesa about 15 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Tijuana is on the left and California on the right. There are two other kinds of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border: steel mesh and concrete-filled steel beams. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Southern Border Wall: Campaign Slogan Meets Reality

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich, shown at a White House event in November, met with GOP members of the Senate Finance Committee last week for a closed-door discussion about the health care law. Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Meet The Republican Governors Who Don't Want To Repeal All Of Obamacare

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Uzbek Family Starts A New Chapter In Its American Journey

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How A Work Of Art Makes It Onto The Wall Of The White House

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Children's Whirligig Toy Inspires a Low-Cost Laboratory Test

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Cloud Ruler Temple Hadoken
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