4:00am

Thu December 9, 2010
Asia

China Cracks Down On Dissent On Nobel's Eve

When the Nobel Peace Prize is handed out Friday in Norway, there may be two empty chairs set out on the awards platform for this year's laureate, Liu Xiaobo, and his wife.

Liu languishes in jail and his wife, Liu Xia, is under house arrest amid China's sweeping crackdown on dissent ahead of the ceremony. Even his supporters are being discouraged from attending.

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2:24am

Thu December 9, 2010
Afghanistan

Gates Says U.S. Strategy Is Working in Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has made up his mind that the U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan is working. His assessment will shape the conclusions of the Obama administration's Afghan strategy review, which is expected later this month.

Gates is in Afghanistan this week, conferring with troops and commanders, and his upbeat assessment is based partly on what he hears from them.

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12:02am

Thu December 9, 2010
Home Or Nursing Home

A New Nursing Home Population: The Young

There's one age group that's going into nursing homes at a higher rate. And it's not the elderly.

Young people ages 31 to 64 now make up 14 percent of the nursing home population, an analysis of federal data from the Department of Health and Human Services by NPR's Investigative Unit found. That's up from 10 percent just 10 years ago.

The data do not show why this age group is entering nursing homes in such higher numbers, but Michelle Fridley's fight to stay out of a nursing home may provide a clue.

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12:01am

Thu December 9, 2010
Children's Health

Facing Backward: Keeping Kids Safe In Cars

The leading cause of death for toddlers in the United States isn't poisoning, medical ailments or accidents around the home. By far the biggest killer of children is car crashes.

On Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board holds a forum on car seat safety in Washington. Some of the recommendations could mean wholesale changes to how Americans transport their kids.

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12:01am

Thu December 9, 2010
Middle East

Easing Of Blockade Fails To Help Ordinary Gazans

The United Nations says it is running out of money to provide essential goods and services to the vast majority of Gazans, while Gaza's economy still needs urgent improvements to get people off welfare.

Israel eased its blockade of Gaza last summer, allowing most consumer goods to enter the territory. Israel continues to restrict shipments of steel and concrete to Gaza, fearing that Hamas militants will use it for its purposes -- for example, building bunkers.

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