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Obama's Iran Remarks Labeled Conciliatory, Naive

Wed, 2014-12-31 08:11

In an interview with NPR, the president left open the door to reopen the embassy in Tehran, called Iran's defense concerns "legitimate" and said it could become a "successful regional power."

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Md. Governor To Commute Sentences Of State's Remaining Death Row Inmates

Wed, 2014-12-31 08:11

Martin O'Malley said it didn't make sense to allow this play out in the judiciary when the legislature had already decided to outlaw the death penalty.

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10 Final Thoughts Of The Protojournalist

Wed, 2014-12-31 07:13

As the sun sets on The Protojournalist storytelling project, I reflect on the question: What have I done?

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A Look Back At The Top 5 Shots Posts In 2014

Wed, 2014-12-31 06:46

In a year filled with gripping health stories, here are the ones that were the most popular with Shots readers. Think beauty pageant queens, pronouns and Ebola.

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Happy New Year! Now, Look Back At The Most Popular Stories Of 2014

Wed, 2014-12-31 06:28

Beauty queens and baseball videos, as well as hard news on Ebola and the Michael Brown case in Ferguson were the stories of biggest interest to NPR.org visitors. There were also cats, of course.

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Cuban Authorities Detain Artist, Dissidents, Thwarting Performance

Wed, 2014-12-31 04:14

Cuban artist Tania Bruguera asked people to use a microphone to outline their vision of the country. Bruguera, however, was detained before the performance even started.

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U.S. Transfers Five Guantanamo Detainees To Kazakhstan

Wed, 2014-12-31 02:50

The transfer is part of a plan to close the detention facility in Cuba. The Pentagon says there are still 127 detainees at Guantanamo.

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Weather Hampers AirAsia Search, Sonar May Have Found Parts Of Plane

Wed, 2014-12-31 01:37

Sonar may have located parts of the AirAsia flight that disappeared Sunday over the Java Sea with 162 people on board. Recovery teams have now pulled at least seven bodies from the choppy waters.

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Waiting For A Break: Obama on 'Strategic Patience' In Foreign Policy

Wed, 2014-12-31 01:00

"I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement," the president says of Iran and other regimes perceived as U.S. enemies. But he says restoring relations is a gradual process.

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Vocab-Intensive Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:31

Sesame Workshop's games are designed to help kids learn words and have fun. One New York City educator says it's never too soon to teach tykes that technology can be more than just entertainment.

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Potent Powdered Caffeine Raises Safety Worries

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:28

With two young men dead, the Food and Drug Administration is considering banning sales to consumers of a highly concentrated form of pure caffeine. A lethal overdose is too easy, officials warn.

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Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The A-B-Cs

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:27

A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.

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There And Back Again For U.S. Military In Iraq

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:25

Three years after the U.S. military officially withdrew from Iraq, 2,000 U.S. troops are back restoring the old buildings they'd left behind and renewing former contacts with Iraqi officers.

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Roxane Gay: 2014 Was The Year Of 'Enough Is Enough'

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:25

Author Roxane Gay spent 2014 thinking and writing about issues that exposed divides in America over race and gender. She offers her thoughts on some of the year's most-talked-about stories.

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Banish 2014's Woes With Our Stand-Up Comedy Picks

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:23

NPR's Elizabeth Blair polled comedy-industry insiders to find out their favorite jokes of 2014. The results range from supermarket-checkout observations to a historically hysterical take on Oprah.

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Sanctions Intensify Russia's Free Fall Into Economic Crisis

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:22

The Russian economy took a big hit in 2014. The U.S. and other countries imposed economic sanctions after Russia annexed Crimea, but it was falling oil prices that really hurt the country.

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Toddler Fatally Shoots His Mother At Idaho Wal-Mart

Tue, 2014-12-30 22:10

The Kootenai County sheriff's office says the 2-year-old boy, who was seated in a shopping cart, reached into his mother's handbag, found the loaded gun and shot her. She died at the scene.

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Kazakhstan Accepts 5 Long-Held Detainees From Guantanamo

Tue, 2014-12-30 20:28

The release of two men from Tunisia and three from Yemen brings the prison population at Guantanamo to 127, according to a Pentagon statement on Tuesday.

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Beyond Free Lunch: Schools Open Food Pantries For Hungry Families

Tue, 2014-12-30 12:42

Over 8 million American children don't get enough to eat. In Sacramento, one school is helping families cope with hunger by sending students home for the weekend with a backpack of groceries.

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Comcast-Time Warner Deal Tops A Year Of Corporate Mergers

Tue, 2014-12-30 12:20

This was a big year for corporate mergers, with $3 trillion worth of deals announced worldwide. Analysts say the strong acquisitive trend is expected to continue into next year.

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