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Cheryl Strayed And Steve Almond Pair Up For 'Dear Sugar' Podcast

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:50am

At different times, both authors played the role of Sugar in the popular "Dear Sugar" advice column. Now, it's becoming a podcast.

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Say Goodbye To 'Stephen Colbert' And Hello To Stephen Colbert

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:40am

Fans expect Colbert to abandon his conservative caricature, as he leaves "The Colbert Report" to take over for David Letterman.

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Marti Jones On Mountain Stage

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:38am

The singer and painter's longstanding love of bossa nova is evident in this concert.

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FIFA Ethics Investigator Resigns In Protest

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:35am

Michael Garcia was tasked with looking into corruption in the bidding process to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

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Pakistani Court Grants Bail To Suspect In Mumbai Attack

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:35am

Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi is one of seven men charged with planning and helping to carry out the 2008 attack that killed more than 160 people. Federal prosecutors had opposed the bail plea.

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America's Political Dynasties

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:20am

Americans under 38 have only experienced one presidential election that did not involve a Bush or a Clinton.

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Florida's Cubans React To Policy Change

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

Many feel the president has caved to the Castro government and given away much more than it will get for scaling back the embargo.

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Incoming Congressman Says President's Move On Cuba Rewards Dictators

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:06am

Florida Republican Carlos Curbelo calls the policy change "reckless." His parents are Cuban exiles who fled Cuba in the 1960s.

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The Best Of 2014: Alt.Latino Listeners' Picks

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:01am

Listeners chime in with their own favorites, including Chicano Batman and Helado Negro.

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Death Comes In Many Different Ways. And Some Are A Bit Surprising

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:50am

A new report looks at the top causes of death in 188 countries. Infectious diseases are less of a threat than in 1990 but please, look both ways before you cross the street.

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California Whooping Cough Infections Run High Among Latino Babies

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:49am

Public health officials in California are trying to understand why Latino babies are contracting whooping cough at much higher rates than other babies.

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India Tests Crew Capsule, New Heavy-Lift Rocket

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:41am

An improved version of India's largest space-launch vehicle carried an unmanned crew capsule that was recovered after splashdown in the Andaman Sea.

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Montana Man Found Guilty Of Killing German Exchange Student

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:27am

Markus Kaarma shot 17-year-old Diren Dede, who had entered his garage, over the summer. The case was a test of the state's "castle doctrine," which says a man's home can be defended like his castle.

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Evidence That Chimpanzee Moms Can Be Sneaky, Too

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:24am

Maternal love among chimpanzees is abundant, says commentator Barbara J. King. But things can take an unexpected turn, as in this short video when a mom covets her son's nut-cracking tools.

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FIFA Begins Meeting After American Lawyer's Angry Resignation

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:55am

Soccer's governing body will, among other things, discuss preparations for the 2018 World Cup. But it's the resignation of Michael Garcia over his corruption report that is likely to draw attention.

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Book News: The Future of the Public Library May Lie in the Coffee Shop

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:42am

A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a "retail-standard environment" akin to coffee shops.

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Is Your State Ready For The Next Infectious Outbreak? Probably Not

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:30am

Public health has a way of slipping off the radar when people aren't scared about Ebola or anthrax. But that doesn't mean the threats go away. And most states aren't prepared for the next one.

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2014 Saw Fewest Executions In 20 Years, Report Finds

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:25am

The Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment, says executions dropped in part because some states had issues with their lethal injections.

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Putin: Sanctions, Falling Oil Prices Causing Ruble's Tumble

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:17am

In a year-end news conference, the Russian President said the worst-case scenario for his country's economy would involve two more years of unease.

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Playlist: Inspiring Stories You'll Want To Share

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:03am

This playlist includes some blockbuster TED talks that have already inspired millions.

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