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Great-Great Grandmother's Gift List Keeps Growing

3 hours 47 min ago

Mary Scholey, 82, of Sheffield, England, begins her Christmas shopping in early November. She has 80 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren to buy for.

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Michael Jordan Sneakers Sell For More Than $33,000 At Auction

5 hours 17 min ago

That is not the most someone has paid for Jordan's shoes. A pair he wore in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals sold for more than $100,000.

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Exchange Of Spies Was Critical To U.S.-Cuba Deal

6 hours 37 min ago

Part of the deal for the return of American Alan Gross from Cuba involved the release of a Cuban man who had served as a spy for the U.S. According to officials with the intelligence community, the man provided key tips that led to the discovery of Cuban espionage against the U.S. He had been held in prison by Cuban for some 20 years until this week's deal.

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Transparency Vs. Privacy: What To Do With Police Camera Videos?

6 hours 37 min ago

Police reformers say the cameras ensure transparency when it comes to officer conduct. But as departments are pressured to release vast stores of videos, privacy concerns are raised.

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Cuban-American Congressional Leaders Vow To Fight Obama's Proposals

6 hours 37 min ago

A day after President Obama's announcement that he wants to normalize relations with Cuba, Cuban-American congressional leaders came together in Miami to condemn it as appeasement of a Communist regime.

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When A Hospital Bill Becomes A Decade-Long Pay Cut

6 hours 37 min ago

Nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients in exchange for tax breaks. But some still seize wages of poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for free or reduced care.

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Tourism Industry Gears Up For Cuban Travel Ban To Be Lifted

6 hours 38 min ago

Obama says normalizing ties with Cuba will eventually mean relaxing rules on travel to Cuba. It may take some time for the new rules to take effect but travel agents are already getting phone calls.

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After Taliban Attack On School, Pakistanis Are Distraught, Angry

6 hours 38 min ago

Renee Montagne talks to two of Pakistan's most renowned literary voices — Mohsin Hamid and Ayesha Jalal — about this week's attack on a school by fundamentalist forces.

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Review Panel: Secret Service Lacks Leadership

6 hours 38 min ago

Experts have determined that the Secret Service needs more money, better training and a leader from outside the organization, according to a report released by the Department of Homeland Security.

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U.S. Authorities Investigate, Sony Reels From Computer Hack

6 hours 38 min ago

The White House has stopped short of naming North Korea as the aggressor in the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. That hack resulted in the cancellation of the film The Interview.

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State Department To Begin Steps To Restore Ties With Cuba

6 hours 38 min ago

A top state department official plans to go to Cuba next month. This week's announcement that the two countries would restore diplomatic ties comes a half a century after relations were severed.

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For An Island Trapped In The '50s, An Instant Digital Revolution

7 hours 37 min ago

Cuba is one of the least connected countries on Earth, with 5 percent of residents online. But it could become the Caribbean's largest market if the Castros open the nation up to the Internet.

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7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

7 hours 38 min ago

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

7 hours 38 min ago

It all started in 1955 with a misprint in a Colorado newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret military hotline. Shoup played along with the tiny voice who called, and a tradition was born.

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The Eye-Opening Saga Of Walter And Margaret Keane, Now On Screen

7 hours 38 min ago

Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.

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5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl

7 hours 39 min ago

Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.

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The Administration's College Ratings: How It Looks On Campus

7 hours 41 min ago

The Education Department's unveiling today of a controversial ratings system has fueled a debate over what this kind of system can — or should — measure.

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Correct Name Gets Canadian Woman A Free European Trip

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:20am

Jordan Axani and his girlfriend broke up, and he was left with plane tickets in her name. He offered a free vacation to anyone with the same name: Elizabeth Gallagher.

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Santa Pays An Early Visit To Cape Cod Eateries

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:13am

At Marylou's Coffee in Hyannis, Mass., a man delivered 15 envelopes to employees, each containing $100. He did the same thing at Dunkin' Donuts. He's described as having white hair and a white beard.

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Rep. Sires Pushes Back Against Obama's Cuba Plans

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

President Obama's action to begin normalizing relations with Cuba has drawn harsh criticism from members of Congress in both parties. One of those critics is Democratic Congressman Albio Sires of New Jersey, who was born in Cuba. He talks to Renee Montagne about why he's against establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba.

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