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Thu December 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Patty Duke Applies For Social Security Benefits

Actress Patty Duke celebrated her 65th birthday Wednesday by apply for Social Security benefits. She did so online, as she's encouraged other seniors to do for years.

2:00am

Thu December 15, 2011
Asia

Indonesian Sultanate In The Middle Of A Power Grab

Indonesia is the world's third largest democracy, behind India and the United States. But the governor of the province that's the cultural heart of that democracy is a Sultan, an un-elected monarch. This unusual arrangement has survived unchallenged for six decades - until now. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has the story.

1:26am

Thu December 15, 2011
Chompsgiving To Chew Year's: Holiday Dishes

Savoring The Tradition Of Holiday Sauerkraut

Originally published on Thu December 15, 2011 10:25 am

Reporter Julie Rose's great-great-grandmother, Mary, and her husband, Frank Joseph Dusek
Courtesy of Jule Rose

Part of an ongoing series on unique holiday dishes

My great-great-grandma Mary Dusek kept alive the Czech heritage of her parents and immigrant husband through food. In the one photo I've seen of her, she's wearing a crisp, white apron. Our signature holiday dish comes from Mary's kitchen.

My mom, Dee Dee — Mary's great-granddaughter — is the keeper of the Dusek kraut tradition.

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10:01pm

Wed December 14, 2011
Law

Death Sentences Drop To Historic Lows In 2011

Originally published on Thu December 15, 2011 9:05 am

The high-profile case of Troy Davis sparked national debate on the death penalty. Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, says there's growing discontent among Americans about capital punishment.
David Tulis AP

Death sentences dropped dramatically this year, marking the first time in more than three decades that judges and juries sent fewer than 100 people to death row, according to a new report from the Death Penalty Information Center.

Just 78 offenders were handed capital sentences, and only 43 inmates were executed — almost half as many as 10 years ago.

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10:01pm

Wed December 14, 2011
Still No Job: Over A Year Without Enough Work

Willing To Sacrifice After A Long Time Out Of Work

Originally published on Thu December 15, 2011 2:08 pm

According to a survey by NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation, 44 percent of the long-term unemployed and 35 percent of the underemployed are willing to move to another state for a new job.
Tony Tremblay iStockphoto.com

In the past three years, the ability and willingness of Americans to move across town or to another state have fallen to their lowest level in more than half a century.

An NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation survey examined mobility among the long-term unemployed and underemployed. Of those two groups combined, 40 percent said they would be willing to move to another state to find a job.

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