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Michigan fraternity rolling tub 170 miles to help hospital

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)-- Members of a college fraternity are on a roll between two of the largest cities in the Upper Peninsula. Tau Kappa Epsilon at Lake Superior State University is pushing a tub on wheels, from Marquette to Sault Ste. Marie. Fraternity members left Friday and hope to reach their destination by late afternoon or evening Saturday. The red tub with three wheels is on a roughly 170-mile roll on highway M-28. The fraternity is trying to raise money for St. Jude Children's...
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Michigan looks to create tax-free accounts for disabled

LANSING, MI (AP)-- The Michigan Legislature is voting to let residents with disabilities open tax-free savings accounts to pay for long-term needs such as education and housing. The accounts would offer tax advantages similar to 529 college savings plans. The House unanimously approved half of a four-bill package Thursday. Families could deposit up to $14,000 annually. Under another bill pending in the House, Michigan would disregard the accounts when determining if someone with disabilities...
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Good Gourd! What's With All The Weird-Looking Squash?

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When Virginia farmer Charles Martin first got into the pumpkin game a decade ago, he started small, with a half-acre plot of traditional round, orange jack-o-lanterns. Today he grows 55 varieties of gourds, squash and pumpkins, and he's always looking for something new.

If your company hasn't launched a wellness program, this might be the year.

As benefits enrollment for 2016 approaches, more employers than ever are expected to nudge workers toward plans that screen them for risks, monitor their activity and encourage them to take the right pills, food and exercise.

What It's Like To Take Photos Of A Dying Man

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For more than 10 years, disease had slowly eaten away at He Quangui's lungs, leaving him, for the most part, bedridden.

But Quangui was no smoker — he was a Chinese gold miner. Quangui was stricken with silicosis, a respiratory illness caused by inhaling silica dust. An estimated 6 million Chinese miners suffer from the debilitating disease pneumoconiosis — of which silicosis is one form.

The news of John Boehner's resignation as Speaker of the House has many wondering what comes next in such a deeply divided Congress.

NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with House Democratic Leader and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi about the role of the speaker and her take on the current climate of the House. She said it has a full agenda and that it can "be one that is a successful path to the future or it can be a calendar of chaos, and that really is up to the Republicans."

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After Thursday's mass shooting at an Oregon community college, which left nine people dead and more injured, President Obama aired his frustration over gun laws in the U.S. At a news conference Friday, he called on voters to push their representatives to take action.

"You just have to, for a while, be a single-issue voter, because that's what is happening on the other side," Obama said. "And that's going to take some time. I mean, the NRA has had a good start."

Airstrikes on a clinic in the Afghan city of Kunduz have killed patients and staffers from Doctors Without Borders. Al Jazeera Arabic's Washington Bureau Chief Abderrahim Foukara tells NPR's Michel Martin that, together with the Taliban capturing Kunduz, "this is really bad news."

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