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Turkey's President And His 1,100-Room 'White Palace'

Wed, 2014-12-24 05:23

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the massive presidential complex is a symbol of Turkey's growing importance. But as one opposition politician puts it: Only dictators want to live in palaces.

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An Update On For-Profit Colleges

Wed, 2014-12-24 04:08

New regulations and new complaints for a troubled sector; a new owner for a troubled college.

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Former President George H.W. Bush Taken To Hospital

Wed, 2014-12-24 04:05

Former President George H.W. Bush, 90, is being kept at Houston Methodist Hospital for observation, his staff says.

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Jordanian Pilot Captured By Islamic State Militants

Wed, 2014-12-24 03:42

The Jordanian military confirmed the pilot was seized by the group. It said his aircraft had crashed, but the militants say they shot the plane down.

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Police Kill Young Man In St. Louis Area, Sparking New Anger

Wed, 2014-12-24 03:40

An man who was reportedly armed was shot and killed outside a gas station in a St. Louis suburb that's just two miles west of Ferguson. Police say the incident was captured on video.

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Guyanese Christmas Gives A Whole New Meaning To Slow Food

Wed, 2014-12-24 02:33

Two classic Christmas dishes beloved by the people of Guyana are pepperpot and garlic pork. To get the flavors just right, you have to cook them and let them sit out for weeks.

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Obama Administration Downplays Court Challenge To Health Law

Tue, 2014-12-23 23:25

With this year's enrollment in Obamacare brisk, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says she's not worried that the U.S. Supreme Court may yet overturn a key provision of the law.

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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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