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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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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:06pm

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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A Beautiful, Desolate 'Winter Sleep'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:03pm

Critic Ella Taylor says her favorite film of 2014 is a three-hour Turkish drama about people in caves. But, she says, don't leave just yet.

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A Watery 'Goodbye To All That'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:03pm

The directorial debut of Angus MacLachlan, who wrote the well-received Junebug, finds its central figure reeling after a divorce, but not as interestingly as you might hope.

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A Married Couple In Decline

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:03pm

The film If You Don't, I Will has some strong dialogue and performances, but its tale of a marriage in peril sags too often in its recounting of the journey.

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In List Of Changes For Secret Service, A New Fence Comes First

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:56pm

An independent review panel calls for changes ranging from a better fence at the White House to a new approach to training and leadership within the Secret Service.

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U.S. Announces Protections For Transgender Workers

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:55pm

The Justice Department's move is a reversal from how the Bush administration interpreted Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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