The city of Colorado Springs has sold nine surplus buses from its FREX service for $1.44 million…Colorado Congresswoman Betsy Markey (D-4) is introducing a bill aimed at barring health insurance companies from fixing prices…and, U.S. Forest Service officials in Colorado are getting $30 million to help deal with the bark-beetle epidemic.

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December 22, 2014 | KHN · Researchers find that high-risk heart patients in teaching hospitals fared better when their cardiologists were away at national conventions instead of working at their usual jobs. Why?
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · In the landscape of modern Africa, they are a link to the long-ago past. They know everything about plants and animals. But their way of life — and language of clicks — may be doomed.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · More than 22,000 young immigrants are now eligible to apply for a license in Arizona, something they were blocked from doing in 2012, thanks to an executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · In Paris, holiday buche de Noel cakes verge on art. Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan has created her own Franco-American version that’s fun to make and “just as good as birthday cake,” she says.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Robert Alter, a leading secular scholar of Scripture, says the film was fun to watch, but “it’s not exactly Exodus; it’s panorama and pageantry, which is what film does.” And, he adds, why not?
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Christmas carp is a holiday mainstay in many central European nations. Traditionally, it swims in the family tub for a day or two, sometimes becoming a sort of pet before it ends up on the plate.
 

Music

December 22, 2014 | NPR · The British singer who won American hearts for his performance at Woodstock has reportedly died of lung cancer.
 

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December 22, 2014 | WXPN · Fueled by Naseem Khuri’s songwriting, the folk-rock band is releasing an EP for each season in 2015.
 

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December 22, 2014 | WXPN · Hear a mix of old and new music in this session, recorded at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater.
 

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