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AirAsia Passenger Plane Missing After Takeoff From Indonesia

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 19:03

An AirAsia plane with 162 people aboard lost contact with ground control on Sunday after takeoff from Indonesia on the way to Singapore, officials said.

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Slain NYPD Officer's Funeral Draws Mourners From Around The Country

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 13:23

The funeral for slain police officer Rafael Ramos was held today. Ramos, along with his partner, was gunned down by a man said to be avenging the killings of black men at the hands of police.

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Facebook Finds That Not All Users Like The 'Year In Review' App

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 12:18

The social media giant's "Year in Review" app has upset some who prefer to forget 2014's unpleasant memories.

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Dwarf Galaxy, Long Overlooked, Discovered In Our 'Hood

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 10:48

Tiny Kks3, 7 million light years distant, is made up mostly of star stuff that's just a billion or so years younger than the Big Bang.

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Pakistan Says It's Killed Dozens Of Extremists In Military Operation

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 08:50

The operation in tribal North Waziristan involved airstrikes and ground forces, the Pakistan military says.

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Finding A Jury Of Your Peers Actually Is Pretty Complicated

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 06:55

Prospective jurors can be dismissed for lateness, the financial burden of taking off work, or any number of other reasons. Add race as a consideration and jury selection can take weeks to complete.

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Police, Politicians, Gather In New York For Ramos Funeral

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 06:07

Officer Rafael Ramos is being remembered at a service at Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens a week after he and his partner were fatally shot in an unprovoked attack.

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For Cubans In Key West, A Longing To Fill In 'Gaps Of Who We Are'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 05:21

Some Cuban-American families are rejoicing at the possibility of visiting their homeland, but not everyone has embraced President Obama's new policy toward the island nation.

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Top Somalia Extremist Leader Reportedly Surrenders

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 05:17

Reports vary as to whether al-Shabab's Zakariye Ismail Ahmed Hersi turned himself in or was captured in a raid. The U.S. had placed a $3 million bounty on the leading Islamist extremist.

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North Korea Says U.S. Caused Internet Outages

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 04:36

Pyongyang has accused President Obama of "reckless words and deeds" and said the U.S. is "playing hide and seek as children with runny noses would."

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Former Guantanamo Envoy Says Prison Undermines National Security

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 03:44

The State Department's special envoy responsible for moving detainees out of Guantanamo Bay resigned this week. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with Cliff Sloan about progress in closing the prison.

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Preserving American Roots Music Begins With Keeping The Lights On

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 03:44

For 20 years, the Music Maker Relief Foundation has been helping indigent blues, gospel and country musicians get by as well as reach a wider audience.

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Tsunami Survivor: Banda Aceh Is Still Vulnerable

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 03:44

Rina Meutia survived the devastating tsunami 10 years ago in Indonesia's Banda Aceh. She talks with NPR's Eric Westervelt about the immediate aftermath and how the region has changed since then.

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Long Plagued By Corruption, Romania Seeks To Make A Fresh Start

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 03:44

The country has suffered from graft and poverty since the fall of communism 25 years ago. Can a new president and an anti-corruption crusader make a difference?

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King Kong Out To Crush Bigfoot's Claim To Fame As First Monster Truck

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 03:43

Bigfoot 4X4 is a legend in the monster truck world, but another truck is challenging its claim as first car crusher. The bragging rights are big deal in what has become a multibillion-dollar industry.

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Thousands Expected To Attend Funeral Of Slain New York City Officer

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 03:42

NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with WNYC's Ilya Marritz about Saturday's funeral for Rafael Ramos, one of two New York City police officers killed by a gunman who was targeting law enforcement.

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Ebola Survivor: The Best Word For The Virus Is 'Aggression'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 02:59

Dr. Ian Crozier was Emory University Hospital's sickest Ebola patient; his kidneys failed and he was on life support. He made a miraculous recovery and says the illness made him a better physician.

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With Each New Upheaval In Iraq, More Minorities Flee

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-27 02:08

"We like Iraq, but Iraq doesn't like us," says a displaced Christian man. He's just one of example of religious minorities who have been dislodged from parts of Iraq where they have ancient roots.

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Body Of Catholic Priest Found In Southern Mexico

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-26 12:31

Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta's body was recovered after his abduction earlier this week in the southern state of Guerrero, where 43 students disappeared in September.

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Military Policy Impedes Research On Traumatic Brain Injuries

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-26 12:26

The U.S. military set up a bank to collect brain tissue samples to better understand battlefield brain injury. But a law that prevents tissue donations from U.S. troops has severely hampered efforts.

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