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A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 23:33

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

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As Uber Expands, It Asks Cities For Forgivness Instead Of Permission

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 23:31

In 2014, Uber became one of the most valuable privately held companies on earth. It expanded to more than 200 cities, but criticism and legal battles have ballooned in parallel with its revenues.

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Europe's Far Right And Putin Get Cozy, With Benefits For Both

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 23:31

Despite tensions between Russia and the West, Moscow is forging links with far-right, anti-EU parties in Europe. They're attracted to the traditional social values of Vladimir Putin's Russia's.

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A Decade After Tsunami, Asia's Shattered Coasts Are On The Mend

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 19:30

On Dec. 26, 2004, a massive earthquake in the ocean east of the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered waves that killed 230,000 people in 11 countries.

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'The Interview', Greeted By Sold-Out Shows, May Net Millions This Weekend

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 19:24

The North-Korea-infuriating comedy received a limited release on Christmas, mostly in independent theaters, after hacker-threatened Sony Pictures first pulled the film then made it available.

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Somalia's Al-Shabab Attacks African Peacekeepers

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 13:43

Eight gunmen fired on the African Union's main based in Somalia, killing three soldiers and a civilian contractor.

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In need of a white Christmas? Head to Hawaii

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-12-25 12:58

The White Christmas that Irving Berlin dreamt about was uncommon this year around the country...

But one place that did get a little snow? Hawaii.

Two mountains on the Big Island had a rare blizzard. The snow is only expected to last a day or two, but if you're desperate to see the white stuff, you could fly today ... from Los Angeles, California, for about $700.

 

How 'The Interview' May Change How Big Studios Do Business

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

Sony's release of The Interview via streaming Internet services and in theaters at the same time is unprecedented for a major studio film and raises questions about the economics of future releases.

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Blind Syrian Refugee Writer Seeks To Make New Home In Sweden

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

An aspiring writer who has fled the civil war is now adjusting to life in Sweden. She longs for home, but for now receives the assistance she needs — housing, language courses, transportation.

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Economy Weathers A Bad Winter And Other Storms To Finish 2014 Strong

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

Early in 2014, the economy was floored by the polar vortex — plus, businesses and consumers were dazed by a government shutdown and debt limit fight. But it rebounded, and analysts are optimistic.

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In Britain, A Christmas Tradition Of Slapstick And Silliness

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

For centuries, British families have celebrated the Christmas season by attending "pantomimes," silly musical comedies of stories such as Aladdin and Cinderella. The tradition is alive and well today.

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For Venezuela, Drop In Global Oil Prices Could Be Catastrophic

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

The South American nation is home to the world's largest oil reserves and earns most of its foreign reserves from oil. It faced a deep economic crisis even before petroleum prices began their plunge.

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Low Gas Prices Predicted For 2015 And Beyond

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

Prices at the pump have dipped below $2 a gallon in some parts of the country this month, with average prices more than one-third lower than this summer. Analysts say that trend is likely to continue.

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Employers Help Legal Immigrants On Path To Citizenship

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

Some firms are helping their legal immigrant employees by bringing citizenship workshops and legal assistance to the jobsite. About 100 companies in seven cities are participating in the program.

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What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.

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Why Bury Fig Trees? A Curious Tradition Preserves A Taste Of Italy

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

For generations, Italian-American fig growers in the Northeast have buried their trees in trenches for the winter. It's a tradition that preserves both flavor and ancestral ties to southern Italy.

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Where Ebola Has Closed Schools, A Radio Program Provides A Faint Signal Of Hope

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 12:16

1.5 million children are out of school in Liberia. It's possible kids may not return to class until spring.

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Father Of Jordanian Pilot Held By ISIS Issues Plea For His Release

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-25 11:33

The father of 26-year-old Flight Lt. Moaz al-Kaseasbeh, urged his son's Islamic State captors to treat him well and set him free because "we are all Muslims."

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You can copyright music, so why not a food recipe?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-12-25 11:29

Entrepreneurs and business owners constantly face intense competition in attracting new customers and retaining old ones. They must stand out and be original. Which is why people register their original creations with the United States Copyright Office, to legally protect the logo, design, literary work, architecture, etc., that they have spent so much time and money on.  

But would you be able to do the same thing for, say, your homemade sugar cookies? Or any other food recipe for that matter?

Unfortunately, nope. Anyone can pass off your grandmother's recipe that's been passed through generations. "You can't copyright the ingredients or steps necessary to make the cookie," says Jane Ginsburg, professor at Columbia Law School.

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