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Around the Nation
3:29 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

For Best-Selling Truck, Ford Bets Big On Aluminum

A 2015 F-150 rolls off the assembly line at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich. The aluminum-sided F-150 could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 4:30 pm

The first 2015 Ford F-150 rolled off the assembly line this week, and it is no normal truck. The new F-150 pickup is the first with an aluminum body, making it hundreds of pounds lighter than its predecessors.

Ford isn't taking this gamble on just any truck — the F-150 is the company's most important vehicle. Morgan Stanley estimates the F-Series truck line and SUV derivatives represent 90 percent of Ford's global profits.

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Simon Says
7:12 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Comet Lander, Firefighters Execute Dazzling Feats Above The Earth

Onlookers take cell phone pictures of stranded window washers hanging from scaffolding on the side of One World Trade Center.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:21 am

Everyone has days in which we wonder if much of anything works. Websites crash. Screens blink, go blank, or taunt: I'm sorry. Try later. We have an unusually high volume of calls. Download to update. Click here if you've forgotten your password.

But for a couple of hours on an afternoon this week, people got glimpses of excellence.

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Remembrances
6:49 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Mayor Jane Byrne: 'No One Else Had The Guts'

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:21 am

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Sports
6:49 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Chicago Dominates The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:21 am

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Author Interviews
6:49 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Shriver Finds Wisdom Among The Intellectually Disabled

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:21 am

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Asia
11:33 am
Sat November 8, 2014

North Korea Releases Two Americans Held In Captivity

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 12:09 pm

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Politics
9:38 am
Sat November 8, 2014

The GOP Takes Heart From Colorado, But Still Faces 2016 Hurdles

Senator-elect Cory Gardner of Colorado delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering. Gardner appealed to moderates and unaffiliated voters.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

Colorado is one of the battleground states where Republicans made big gains this week. Republicans in the state believe they now have momentum going into the 2016 presidential election.

But the GOP has suffered some punishing losses there lately, owing in part to the state's changing demographics. That trend may still be a big factor in 2016.

The last time Republicans won a U.S. Senate seat here was when Wayne Allard was re-elected in 2002. Back then, Congressman and now Senator-elect Cory Gardner was a young staffer working behind the scenes for Allard.

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StoryCorps
9:38 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Behind A Soldier's Suicidal Thoughts, An Unknown Brain Injury

Former Army Sgt. Ryan Sharp sat down with his father, Kirk Sharp, to talk about what happened when Ryan returned home after two tours in Iraq.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When Sgt. Ryan Sharp returned from serving two tours in Iraq with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, he didn't know he had a traumatic brain injury.

All he knew, and all his family knew, was that he was deeply depressed. He would talk about ending his life.

During a StoryCorps interview in Lincoln, Neb., his father, Kirk Sharp, asked if Ryan remembered any of those suicidal conversations.

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Sports
6:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Rice Case Could Force Changes In NFL Discipline

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer and it is time for Sports.

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Space
6:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Still Unknown In Virgin Space Crash: How Pilot Got Out

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

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