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In Laredo, Texas, an elite debutante ball is one of many events held to celebrate George Washington's birthday. A new documentary, Las Marthas, explores the tradition. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to director Christina Ibarra.

In Damascus, tensions are high among the political elite. Reporter Anna Barnard tells NPR's Arun Rath that there's a lot to learn from life in the capital about the future of the Syrian state.

After a brutal week of winter storms, the meteorological community is trying to improve the way weather is studied, predicted and communicated to the public. Thomas Bogdan, president of University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the innovations in weather reporting.

The U.S. has one more chance to medal in speed skating Saturday. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.

It's the kind of story you'd expect from a crime drama. Snowed in, an officer in Michigan catches up on cold cases, discovering a fugitive living in San Diego — some 37 years after she disappeared.

The American and Russian men's ice hockey teams faced off at the Winter Olympics on Sunday, and it wasn't pretty. From Sochi, correspondent Robert Smith tells NPR's Scott Simon about the game that went into overtime.

One in 10 opposite-sex marriages in the U.S. are between spouses of different races or ethnicities. At more than 5.3 million, their numbers have increased 28 percent since 2000, according to the Census Bureau.

A federal judge in Virginia struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban this week. Similar rulings have come down in other conservative states, like Kentucky, Oklahoma and Utah, indicating the strategy for winning marriage equality in federal courts is moving faster than many expected.

Workers at the VW plant in Chattanooga have dealt a blow to organized labor in the South. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to reporter Blake Farmer about the close vote.

The Quincy Police Department was one of the first law enforcement agencies to distribute a drug called Naloxone, a drug used to reverse opiate overdoses. Police Lt. Patrick Glynn speaks to NPR's Scott Simon about the experimental move.

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