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S.C. Judge Rules 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong

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

The youngest person executed in the U.S. past century was a 14-year-old, African-American boy named George Stinney, Jr., who died in 1944. A South Carolina court has cleared his name, ruling that he was given an unfair trial.

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Citing Heath, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking

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

Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.

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Fight Against Corruption In Afghanistan Press On

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

Renee Montagne talks to John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. He recently released a report highlighting significant waste, fraud and abuse in the U.S. funded program.

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Obama Announces Diplomatic Thaw With Cuba

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

In re-opening diplomatic ties with Cuba, President Obama is following through on the strategy he outlined during his first White House campaign more than seven years ago. The president believes engagement with Cuba is a powerful tool than isolation.

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Rapprochement With Cuba: What It Includes And Excludes

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

President Obama's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba does not lift the trade embargo. That jurisdiction belongs to Congress, but do the upcoming changes all but undermine the embargo?

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Cubans Curious To See If Diplomatic Shift Leads To Democracy

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

Obama announced diplomatic relations will be restored with Cuba. Travel and trade restrictions will be relaxed. What does this mean for Cubans who have been pushing for democracy?

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How Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' Became A Holiday Tradition

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

Renee Montagne talks with Miles Hoffman about the history of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite. Hoffman is the violist of the American Chamber Players, and authored The NPR Classical Music Companion.

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Richard Hottelet, Last Of 'Murrow Boys', Dies At 97

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

Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the legendary Murrow boys, who covered World War 2 for CBS radio. Edward R. Murrow hired the pioneering group of journalists.

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Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

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

There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.

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TSA Administrator John Pistole To Leave At Month's End

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

John Pistole is leaving the Transportation Security Administration after 4 and a half years as its chief. He will become president of a Christian university in Indiana.

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Cubans React To U.S. Moves To Normalize Relations With Cuba

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

President Obama announced the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years. Renee Montagne talks to journalist Marc Frank in Havana for Cuban reaction to the announcement.

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Mixed Reactions In Miami On Diplomatic Overtures To Cuba

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

When he announced the release of Alan Gross and plans to resume diplomatic ties with Cuba, Obama also referenced Miami. Some Cuban Americans welcome the changes, others see the action as a betrayal.

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With Sony Hack, Nation State Attacks Go From Quiet To Overt

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:45am

U.S. intelligence officials claim that North Korea was centrally involved in the hack against Sony. That's major news in the world of cyberwarfare, where nation states typically make covert attacks.

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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As Anyplace Else On Earth

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:36am

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

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Cuba, U.S. Agree To Prisoner Release Including American Alan Gross

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:50am

Signaling what could be a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba for five years, will be released, while the U.S. will release three Cubans.

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Stray Cat In Russia Feasts On Fish

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:26am

An orange tabby became something of a celebrity after sneaking into a seafood shop at Vladivostok airport. The cat polished off the entire seafood counter, and then dashed off.

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AP Photographer Snaps Engagement Photo

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:58am

Jon McAchran proposed to his girlfriend Ashley while skating on an ice rink beneath the Eiffel Tower. An AP photographer was taking pictures of tourists and captured Jon giving her the ring.

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DOJ Intervention May Help Ct. Police Department Regain Community's Trust

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Five years ago, tensions reached a breaking point between police and the growing Latino community in East Haven, Ct. The Justice Department began to oversee the department.

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Obama Expected To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Aides say President Obama will sign a bill, authorizing new economic sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its ongoing interference in Ukraine. The Russian economy is already reeling from earlier western sanctions and from the steep drop in oil prices. Russian President Vladimir Putin has so far resisted the mounting economic pressure to change course.

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Pakistan Observes 3 Days Of Mourning After School Attack

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Author Ahmed Rashid talks to Steve Inskeep about how Pakistan's political climate helped to foster Tuesday's horrific attack on a school in Peshawar.

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