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Seema Verma, the architect of Indiana's Medicaid overhaul, is slated to run the federal agency overseeing the health care program for the poor. She instated mandatory payments from recipients.

Next month, courts in New Jersey will all but stop using a money-based bail system. Advocates say the new approach is fairer to poor defendants, and could be a national model. But what about the cost?

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell took a big gamble in not advancing the nomination of a centrist judge for the Supreme Court, appointed by President Obama. It's about to pay off — big league.

Between the 1930s and 1960s, a group of inmates formed the Norfolk Prison Debating Society and held a formidable record against opponents such as Oxford and Harvard. After 50 years, the team is back.

This was a tumultuous year for the U.S. Supreme Court because of the unexpected death of justice Antonin Scalia. In 2017, a new president will likely mean the court will finally get a new justice.

Officers were targeted and killed by gunmen, while police shootings spurred protests nationwide and prompted law enforcement agencies to take a hard look at use-of-force policies.

It has been a violent year in Chicago, and Christmas weekend offered no respite. "We have a traumatized city," one woman who works with victims' families tells NPR.

From state-sponsored hacking of government systems to criminal enterprises stealing credit card numbers, strengthening the nation's cyberdefenses is taking on growing importance.

Water and sewage problems at an Idaho mobile home park illustrate how manufactured housing communities owned by outsiders are often kept in a state of disrepair.

As technology is increasingly woven into family life, parents struggle to navigate limits without personal experience from their own childhoods to fall back on.




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