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Deford: It's Hard To Write A Christmas Story About Sport

Tue, 2014-12-23 23:24

Linking sports and the Christmas spirit is a true challenge, says commentator Frank Deford. "The idea of sports is to beat the other fellow," he says, "while the idea of Christmas is to be giving."

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Christmas In Liberia: Ebola Fears, No Snow, Holiday Spirit

Tue, 2014-12-23 23:23

The deadly virus has cast a shadow over the country. Nonetheless, many Liberians are determined to have a happy Christmas and a hopeful new year.

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For Syria's President, The Year Ends Better Than It Began

Tue, 2014-12-23 23:22

Syria's civil war is still raging with no end in sight. But Bashar Assad remains entrenched in Damascus and many argue his position improved over the year as the U.S. began bombing the Islamic State.

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The Year In Air Travel: Packed Planes And More Perks — For A Price

Tue, 2014-12-23 23:20

Commercial airlines earned nearly $20 billion in profits this year. They're using the cash to buy new planes, update facilities and add amenities — but not all of those new comforts will be free.

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Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Threaten To Bust Prison Budgets

Tue, 2014-12-23 23:18

Inmates in the U.S. have a high rate of infection with chronic hepatitis C — up to 35 percent or more by some estimates. New drugs introduced this year can cure the disease quickly, but at a cost.

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Demonstrators March In NYC After Mayor's Call To Suspend Protests

Tue, 2014-12-23 17:23

Mayor Bill de Blasio asked people to wait until after the funerals of two officers who were killed on Saturday. Activists say their protests against police brutality aren't linked to the deaths.

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Satanic Temple's Holiday Display Vandalized In Florida Capitol

Tue, 2014-12-23 13:36

A woman is in custody and the atheist group behind the display said it plans to press charges. The diorama of Lucifer falling into the flames of hell was part of the Rotunda's free speech zone.

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North Korea's Internet Outage Could Just Be Bad Timing

Tue, 2014-12-23 13:00

North Korea's nationwide outage, which came after President Obama promised a response for the Sony hack, was not likely caused by the U.S., Internet analyst Doug Madory tells NPR's Audie Cornish.

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Despite Russia's Woes, Putin Shows No Signs Of Bending On Ukraine

Tue, 2014-12-23 13:00

The ruble has lost about a third of its value against the dollar. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Wall Street Journal Moscow Chief Greg White about Russia's deep recession.

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Pope To Vatican Leaders: In-Fighting Must Stop

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:41

Pope Francis gave a harsh Christmas speech this week, diagnosing the Vatican leadership with "spiritual Alzheimers." Vatican watcher Rocco Palmo tells NPR's Audie Cornish about the pope's message.

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Number Of Cars Earning Top Safety Awards Nearly Doubles

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:22

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the number of vehicles winning its two safety awards jumped from 39 to 71 for the 2015 model year.

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Hashtag Activism In 2014: Tweeting 'Why I Stayed'

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:21

Audie Cornish speaks with Bev Gooden, who created the hashtag #whyIstayed. The hashtag took off in September following the Ray Rice scandal, when many asked why women stay in abusive relationships.

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FDA Allows Gay Men To Donate Blood

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:21

The Food and Drug Administration announced plans to change a decades-old policy banning men who have ever had sex with another man — even once — from giving blood for life.

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Near Police Killings, A Community With A Cycle Of Crime

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:21

The police shooting in New York occurred outside a public housing project that's had an increase in crime. Some are trying to reduce violence and debunk myths about those who live in public housing.

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Despite De Blasio's Appeal, Protesters March In New York

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:21

The mayor asked protesters to stay off the streets until two officers killed in their squad car can be buried. But demonstrators insist there's no connection between the killings and their protests.

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GDP Growth At Highest Level Since 2003

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:21

The economy expanded at a 5 percent seasonally adjusted rate during the third quarter. The U.S. economy is coming back strong even as the rest of the world slows down.

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Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:21

NASA's next big space telescope costs $8 billion and is very heavy. New York scientists think they may have found the makings of a cheaper, lighter answer for future space scopes — in a crafts store.

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In Miami, Mixed Emotions Over Release Of Cuban Spies

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:21

Obama's release of three convicted Cuban spies sparked outrage among Miami's white-haired Cuban exiles, but their American-born children and grandchildren see a bright future in U.S.-Cuba relations.

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Cubans Celebrate The Return Of Three Last Spies

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:21

The three Cuban intelligence agents were the remaining imprisoned members of the Cuban Five spy ring. Cubans view them as heroes: Their faces are everywhere, and Cubans know them by their first names.

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Sony Will Show 'The Interview' In Some Theaters

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:21

After criticism for pulling the release of its comedy film, Sony announced Tuesday that the movie will have a limited release on Christmas Day. The first takers for the film were independent theaters.

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