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Kris Freeman, skiiing here for the U.S. team in 2011, during the Winter Games, was cut from the Olympic team before upcoming Sochi Olympic Games. He has fought hard to qualify again and earn his spot to compete in Russia.

U.S. Olympic Skier Finds Team Spirit, Minus The Team

The U.S. Olympic team is taking shape in the run-up to next month's Winter Games in Russia. This week, the Olympic cross-country ski team names the athletes who'll be going to Sochi, and veteran Kris Freeman is vying for another spot.

The 33-year-old Freeman already has been to three Olympic Games, and he's considered the country's best long distance racer over the past decade.

All that despite the fact that he has diabetes.

Kendall Schrantz, center, stretches after a class at Downsize Fitness in Fort Worth.

In These Gyms, Nobody Cares How You Look In Yoga Pants

If you want to lift weights or use the treadmill at Downsize Fitness, you have to be at least 50 pounds overweight.

Kendall Schrantz is a fan – and a member.

The 24-year-old has struggled with her weight since she was in the second grade. The looks she got at other gyms made her uncomfortable.

But now she drives more than an hour to Downsize Fitness in Fort Worth three times a week, just to exercise.

"It's worth every single penny I paid for gas," she said. "It's worth the time I spend on the road, the miles."

Prince George's County, Md., Police Officer Juan Damian and Dora Escobar outside one of her popular check cashing businesses.

Police, Banks Help Undocumented Workers Shake 'Walking ATM' Label

On a recent Friday evening in Langley Park, Md., police officer Juan Damian drives his patrol car past fast food restaurants, discount stores and Hispanic groceries.

Damian estimates that at least two-thirds of the people here are undocumented, and that has made it a magnet for robberies over the years. Gangs know undocumented day workers are especially lucrative targets, he says. Their pockets are often stuffed with a day's or even a week's worth of wages. The street term for these men: "walking ATMs."

You tried burping. You tried bouncing. You tried swaddling. Now what?

Can Probiotics Help Soothe Colicky Babies?

When Melissa Shenewa and her husband imagined their first weeks with their new baby, they pictured hours of cuddling. Instead, they're enduring hours of inconsolable crying.

Their 6-week-old son, Aladdin, is a colicky baby. He cries for hours, usually in the middle of the night. They've tried everything they could think of. Nothing helps.

"Being a parent when your child is screaming in pain for hours on end and there's nothing you can do, you feel helpless," says Shenewa, 24, who lives in Houston. "You feel like you're not a good parent."

Henry Ford Hospital treats Detroit residents.  About 1 in 3 residents of that city is uninsured, and the hospital CEO hopes Medicaid expansion will increase the number of people with health insurance.

In Michigan, Businessmen And Politicians Agree On Medicaid

Republican Party leaders say opposition to the Affordable Care Act is their No. 1 campaign issue for the midterm election.

President Obama has alluded to his pen and his phone as two tools that help him act without waiting for congressional approval.

Wielding A Pen And A Phone, Obama Goes It Alone

President Obama has a new phrase he's been using a lot lately: "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone."

He's talking about the tools a president can use if Congress isn't giving him what he wants: executive actions and calling people together. It's another avenue the president is using to pursue his economic agenda.

'If Congress Is Deadlocked'

United Nations Invites Iran To First Day Of Syrian Peace Negotiations

Update at 8:27 p.m. EST State From U.S. Department of State:

State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said in a statement Sunday that Iran's invitation must be rescinded unless Iran makes "explicit and public support for the full implementation of the Geneva communique including the establishment of a transitional governing body by mutual consent with full executive authorities."

Palestinians protest in the center of the West Bank city of Ramallah against the continuation of negotiations with Israel, and demand that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas not meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Jan. 15, 2014.

Fairness In Covering Israel And The Palestinians: The End Of An Accounting

A quarterly review over the past 11 years of NPR's coverage of Israel and the Palestinians—a self-assessment that may be unique in the annals of American journalism—comes to an end with the attached last report that finds lack of completeness but strong factual accuracy and no systematic bias.

Bill O'Leary's photo of Marion Barry getting escorted by an FBI agent made the front page of the Jan. 19, 1990, issue of <em>The Washington Post</em>.

Clear, Sharp And Properly Exposed: How A Photo Made A Career

As part of a new series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

On Jan. 18, 1990, Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for possession and use of crack cocaine in a hotel room during an FBI sting.

Meanwhile, at The Washington Post, intern Bill O'Leary was waiting for his first real assignment.

Al Wilkinson, who created the disguise for the 2015 Ford Mustang, says the extra layers don't affect the car's aerodynamics.

Ford's Master Of Disguise Keeps Latest Models Undercover

For months, the 50th anniversary 2015 Ford Mustang was cloaked in secrecy. But an upcoming car can't stay in the garage forever. It has to undergo rigorous testing, and that means taking it out in traffic to monitor its handling on roads across the U.S.

To keep the redesign out of the public eye before December, Ford completely covered the car with camouflage.

"Underneath that material is a whole science and art, all-in-one," says Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak. "They're creating a new exterior over the exterior."

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