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Technology
2:32 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Doubts Grow Over U.S. Claims On North Korean Role In Sony Hack

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The Two-Way
2:31 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Body Of Catholic Priest Found In Southern Mexico

NPR's Carrie Kahn reports that the body of a kidnapped Catholic priest was discovered after he was seized in the southern state of Guerrero earlier this week.

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Business
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Businesses Buzz With Anticipation In Wake Of U.S.-Cuba Thaw

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U.S.
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Donations Stream In For Slain New York City Police Officers

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Food
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

In The Nation's Capital, A Signature Soup Stays On The Menu

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World
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

For Iran And The West, A Rocky Year For Nuclear Diplomacy

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Europe
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

For Russia's President, A Year Of Costly Triumphs

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Shots - Health News
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

Sleepy in the day and wide awake at night? Give the screen a rest.
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E-readers may make it particularly hard to get a good night's sleep, according to research out this week.

A study that followed every nightly twitch, turn and snore of 12 volunteers for a couple weeks found that those who read from an iPad before hitting the sack had a harder time falling asleep, spent less time in a crucial phase of sleep, and were less alert the next day.

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National Security
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Military Policy Impedes Research On Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Middle East
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Already Bleak Conditions Under ISIS Deteriorating Rapidly

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Book Reviews
2:26 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Book Review: 'The Sacrifice' By Joyce Carol Oates

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NPR Ed
1:45 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

An Update On Screen Time

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Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 10:03 am

NPR Ed is updating some of the top stories we've been following in 2014.

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NPR Story
1:45 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

A Year In Review: The Stories That Changed The World

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 12:28 pm

This year began with a missing plane; 239 souls lost to this day somewhere off the coast of Australia.

It would mark the beginning of a year with loss and conflict, disease and divide. It was the start of a year with many questions and few answers, from the self-proclaimed Islamic State in the Middle East to West Africa’s Ebola crisis and many stories at home in the U.S.

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NPR Story
1:43 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

5 Ways To Prevent A Personal Cyber Attack

Movie goers wait in line for the 4:00 pm showing of Sony Pictures' "The Interview" at the Plaza Theatre on, Christmas Day, December 25, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Sony hackers have been releasing stolen information and threatened attacks on theaters that screened the film. (Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 12:28 pm

Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s Playstation online gaming networks were shut down for Christmas in an apparent attack claimed to have been executed by the hacking group “Lizard Squad.”

Many were without the ability to power up their new games or stream movies, including the Sony Pictures comedy “The Interview,” which is at the center of a different hacking attack for its portrayal of the assassination of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.

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The Two-Way
1:42 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Illegal Sex And Drugs Pay Off For Britain

London's busy red-light area.
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Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 2:58 pm

Normally we wouldn't give much thought to the fact that Britain has surpassed France as the world's fifth-largest economy. But this story caught our attention: It was the way in which Britain snagged the higher spot.

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Music Interviews
12:29 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

In 1986, a bomb planted by the Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path exploded in the luggage rack above Sam Baker. Somehow, during his long recovery, songs focused on empathy started coming to him.

Originally broadcast May 6.

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NPR Story
12:28 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Comedian Flings Insults At Here & Now Host

[Note: This show is from a previous interview that aired on March 28, 2014.]

Comedienne Susie Essman plays the sassy Susie Greene on HBO’s acclaimed “Curb Your Enthusiasm” series, bringing to it her own brand of biting sarcasm, pointed insults and no-nonsense panache.

Essman is also a veteran of late night comedy and the world of stand-up, where she made her mark.

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NPR Story
12:28 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Is Voicemail Becoming Obsolete? Coca-Cola Thinks So

Voicemail messages left on a workplace phone are pictured. (JAmes Kearney/Flickr Creative Commons)

Coca-Cola’s recent decision to eliminate their voicemail system at their Atlanta headquarters may be a sign of the times.

The company says this isn’t a cost-cutting measure – Coke estimates it will only save them $100,000 annually – but a move to increase worker productivity.

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NPR Story
12:28 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

American Coal Mines Stay Open Despite Millions In Safety Fines

The injuries Jack Blankenship sustained after a 300-pound rock pinned him to the ground while working in a coal mine prevent him from sitting for long periods of time or walking far. He says he's in constant pain. (Anna Boiko-Weyrauch/NPR)

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There are federal regulations designed to keep American mineworkers safe, but this year, an NPR investigation found that there’s a loophole in the regulation, allowing mine owners to operate unsafe mines across the country.

For years, the mine owners have failed to pay penalties even as workers continue to be injured.

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The Two-Way
12:21 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Wake Held For Slain NYPD Officer

New York City police officers carry the casket of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos at his wake at Christ Tabernacle Church, in the Glendale section of Queens, on Friday.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 2:19 pm

Updated at 2:25 p.m. ET

New York City police officers are holding a wake this afternoon to honor officer Rafael Ramos, one of two patrolmen who were killed last weekend by a gunman whose motive may have included revenge for the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of authorities.

USA Today reports:

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The Two-Way
10:55 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Saudi Women Reportedly Referred To Terrorism Court For Driving

A Saudi woman poses in this picture to illustrate driving a car in Jiddah as part of a June 2011 protest. An advisory council recently recommended for the first time lifting a ban on female drivers.
Susan Baaghil Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 11:18 am

Two Saudi women arrested nearly a month ago for flouting a ban on female drivers have had their cases referred to a court established to try terrorists, according to The Associated Press.

Using driver's licenses obtained in the United Arab Emirates, Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, and Maysa al-Amoudi, 33, were arrested after crossing into Saudi Arabia, where women are officially banned from driving. The arrests took place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, respectively.

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Turkey Frees Teenager Who 'Insulted' The President

A teenager arrested for allegedly insulting Turkey's president was released today following widespread outcry. The boy's arrest has fueled charges that the country is leaning toward authoritarianism.

As he left the courthouse in the central city of Konya, Mehmet Emin Altunses, 16, remained defiant.

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Ukrainian Peace Talks Put On Hold

Women pass by a group of the Ukrainian government soldiers in the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine on Wednesday. Peace talks to resolve the conflict have inexplicably been called off.
Sergei Chuzavkov AP

A key round of negotiations aimed at ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine has been unexpectedly called off.

Belarusian officials, who were set to host the continuation of talks in their capital, Minsk, starting today, had no immediate comment on the reason for the cancellation.

As the BBC writes:

"The latest talks also included Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

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The Two-Way
6:13 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Irish Court OKs Turning Off Life Support For Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman

The High Court in Ireland ruled today that a pregnant, brain-dead woman's life support can be turned off.

The unnamed woman's parents and her partner had both wanted life support to be removed.

Doctors had told the court's three judges that the 18-week fetus' chances of survival were low. There have been two similar cases in Ireland since 2001; both fetuses died in the womb.

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Around the Nation
5:02 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Give A Goat Your Old Christmas Tree

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 5:52 am

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Around the Nation
5:02 am
Fri December 26, 2014

We Raise A Glass To The Leathers Family And Their Names

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 5:52 am

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The Salt
4:33 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

This copper engraving from approximately 1700 depicts the condition of the English prisoners at the hands of the Dutch. In the 1660s, Cornell University's Eric Tagliacozzo says, the conflict and competition for the spice trade came to a head. "The Dutch decapitated a number of English merchants who were also in the Spice Islands trying to profit from the trade."
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Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 11:07 am

Ah, nutmeg! Whether it's sprinkled on eggnog, baked into spice cake or blended into a latte, this pungent spice can evoke memories of holidays past.

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Research News
3:31 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Solving The Mystery Of Why Rock Ants Avoid Right Turns

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 5:52 am

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NPR Story
3:11 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Turkish President's Aggressive Behavior In 2014 Gets More Notice

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 5:52 am

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NPR Story
3:11 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Do Fish Have Fingers?

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 5:52 am

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