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Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says He Had Good Timing, But Little Else

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:04pm

The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.

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'Torture Report': A Closer Look At When And What President Bush Knew

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:58pm

A Senate investigation says President George W. Bush was not briefed on the specifics of how the CIA interrogated terrorism suspects until four years into the program. Bush denies that.

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'Sacred Journeys' Documents Religious Pilgrimages

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:50pm

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world's holiest sites.

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Amid Strains, Syrian Refugees Are Facing Curfews In Lebanon

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:47pm

The fragile country now hosts some 1 million Syrian refugees. Some towns have set up civilian volunteers to enforce curfews on the refugees, leading to rising tensions and some cases of abuse.

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4 U.S. Cities Make Their Case To Host Summer Olympics

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:40pm

San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston and Los Angeles are presenting their 2024 bids to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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Questions And Mourning After Sydney Cafe Siege

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:40pm

Australians are mourning the two hostages killed in a 16-hour siege at a cafe, and asking how the attack happened.

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Apple Wins $1B iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:40pm

A California jury has found that Apple's iTunes 7.0 did not violate antitrust laws when it restricted files bought on other music services.

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2014: The Year In Tiny Desk Concerts

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:38pm

Surveying a year of concerts that took place behind a desk in NPR Music's offices, we offer up highlights from T-Pain to the Pixies to a 12-piece Balkan brass extravaganza.

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Insurers, Some States Extend Deadlines For Health Coverage

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:35pm

Health insurers say they will give people more time to pay their premiums for health plans, and still have coverage start January 1st.

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With Facebook Post, Jeb Bush Takes A Big Step Toward 2016

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:28pm

The former Florida governor announces that he will "actively explore" a 2016 run for the Republican presidential nomination

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Economists: Congress Gets A Hat Tip (Barely) For Its Efforts

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:23pm

Congress passed no laws addressing the minimum wage, tax reform, trade or immigration this year. But judged by the low recent standards, lawmakers got light applause from economists.

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Jeb Bush To 'Actively Explore' Run For President

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:20pm

The former Republican Florida governor says he's decided "to actively explore the possibility of running for president" in 2016.

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The Future Of Rooftop Solar In The Nation's Capital

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:20pm

A proposed merger between the city's electric utility and a national energy giant is raising concern among rooftop solar advocates.

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Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:19pm

Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.

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Pennsylvania Manhunt Widens For Ex-Marine

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:10pm

Bradley Stone, an Iraq war combat veteran, is thought to have killed his ex-wife and five relatives yesterday.

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Has Vladimir Putin Just Overplayed His Hand?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:15am

The Russia leader was riding high at home this year with the successful Winter Olympics and his annexation of Crimea. Now he's staring at a recession and has alienated Western nations that could help.

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Hunt For Dengue Vaccine Gets Closer

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:12am

Dengue sickens millions of people each year, and there's no cure. Now scientists have found powerful antibodies that stop the virus. Their discovery offers a road map to develop a simple vaccine.

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Yes, 'Serial' Is True Crime — And That's OK

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:05am

Our continuing discussion of Serial turns to a consideration of the true crime genre, its tendency to reveal the oddities of human behavior, and what can be taken away from this series.

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FIFA Dismisses U.S. Lawyer's Appeal On Handling Of World Cup Report

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:41am

Michael Garcia had filed an appeal against how his report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cup was handled. FIFA said his appeal is inadmissible.

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Listen To 'The Eye,' A New Song By Brandi Carlile

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:30am

Brandi Carlile will put out her fifth album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, in March. She talks with Ann Powers about family, her new album and the necessary recklessness of first-take rock and roll.

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