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

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:02am

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

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:02am

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

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:01am

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

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:00am

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

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:59am

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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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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