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State Department To Begin Steps To Restore Ties With Cuba

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:02am

A top state department official plans to go to Cuba next month. This week's announcement that the two countries would restore diplomatic ties comes a half a century after relations were severed.

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For An Island Trapped In The '50s, An Instant Digital Revolution

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:03am

Cuba is one of the least connected countries on Earth, with 5 percent of residents online. But it could become the Caribbean's largest market if the Castros open the nation up to the Internet.

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NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:02am

It all started in 1955 with a misprint in a Colorado newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret military hotline. Shoup played along with the tiny voice who called, and a tradition was born.

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7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:02am

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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The Eye-Opening Saga Of Walter And Margaret Keane, Now On Screen

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:01am

Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.

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5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:00am

Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.

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The Administration's College Ratings: How It Looks On Campus

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:59am

The Education Department's unveiling today of a controversial ratings system has fueled a debate over what this kind of system can — or should — measure.

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Two Of Colorado's Neighbors Sue State Over Marijuana Law

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:23pm

Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn't constitutional.

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Once Written Off, Kepler Telescope Finds New Planet

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:05pm

The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.

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When Working In Mixed Groups, Staying P.C. Boosts Productivity

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:17pm

Research shows that setting clear guidelines for how women and men interact remove uncertainty and make it easier to exchange ideas. It's unnecessary clutter in single-gender groups, however.

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'Team America' Is Benched: Won't Return To Theaters, Reports Say

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:47pm

One day after some U.S. theaters vowed to screen Team America: World Police in the place of The Interview, whose release was canceled, word has emerged that Team America has also been pulled.

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Opportunity, Caution Seen For U.S. Banks As Cuba Rules Ease

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:08pm

President Obama eased restrictions on Cuba this week, including a relaxation of rules barring U.S. banks from doing business there. But banks are awaiting details and are likely to proceed cautiously.

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What Will Full Diplomatic Relations With Cuba Look Like?

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:01pm

Melissa Block talks to Michael Parmly, former Chief of Mission for the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, about the U.S.' new relationship with Cuba.

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North Korea Has Invested Heavily In Cyberattacks

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:55pm

American officials have concluded that North Korea was behind the hack of Sony Pictures Company. Melissa Block talks to James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Risky Comedies Could Be In Jeopardy After 'Interview' Is Pulled

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:49pm

Audie Cornish talks with John Horn of KPCC's The Frame, about what Sony's decision to cancel The Interview means for Hollywood, freedom of speech and future artistic expression.

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No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:43pm

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.

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Latin Roots Essentials: Latin Alternative

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:41pm

We speak with the head of Nacional Records about three essential latin alternative songs.

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In Nigeria, Islamic Extremists Kidnap Close To 200 People

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:39pm

It happened not far from the town of Chibok, where over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in April. Audie Cornish speaks with Tim Cocks, Reuters Nigeria bureau chief, based in Lagos.

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Parquet Courts On World Cafe

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:33pm

David Dye sits down with Andrew Savage and Austin Brown to discuss their prolific year.

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Aftereffects Of W.V. Chemical Spill Still Felt Months Later

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:32pm

Looking back at the year's top stories — in January, a chemical spill disrupted life in West Virginia. Melissa Block speaks with Ken Ward, Jr. of the Charleston Gazette.

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