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A Watery 'Goodbye To All That'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:03pm

The directorial debut of Angus MacLachlan, who wrote the well-received Junebug, finds its central figure reeling after a divorce, but not as interestingly as you might hope.

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A Married Couple In Decline

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:03pm

The film If You Don't, I Will has some strong dialogue and performances, but its tale of a marriage in peril sags too often in its recounting of the journey.

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In List Of Changes For Secret Service, A New Fence Comes First

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:56pm

An independent review panel calls for changes ranging from a better fence at the White House to a new approach to training and leadership within the Secret Service.

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U.S. Announces Protections For Transgender Workers

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:55pm

The Justice Department's move is a reversal from how the Bush administration interpreted Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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Administration Won't Rule Out Raul Castro Visit To White House

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:24pm

The remarks come a day after President Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba would begin talks to normalize relations and open embassies following more than five decades of hostility.

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Immigration Driving Broad Demographic Shifts In U.S., Report Says

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:10pm

An analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts shows that immigrants are increasingly moving from "gateways" such as New York and Texas into states in Middle America.

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In Latin America, Not Everyone Is Thrilled With The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:05pm

Cuba and Venezuela are close allies who often seemed to speak with a single voice when it came to bashing the U.S. But now they may be out of synch.

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And The Award For Most Offensive Fund-Raising Video Goes To...

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:56pm

If you're a charity that wants to help the developing world, you really, really, really don't want to win a "Rusty Radiator."

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5 Defining Moments In The U.S.-Cuba Relationship

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:54pm

President Obama says the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations, which were severed in 1961. Here are images that highlight the decades of tense relations.

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On 'The Pinkprint,' Nicki Minaj Speaks The Language Of Love

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:30pm

When she's at her most vulnerable as a woman, she's at her best creatively. The same way Mary J. Blige's pain drove My Life, Nicki's believable heartache steals the show on The Pinkprint.

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A Tribute To Stephen Colbert, A Self-Proclaimed 'Junkie For Exhaustion'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:24pm

Ahead of The Colbert Report's last episode, Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Colbert. "I didn't realize quite how liberal I was until I was asked to make passionate comedic choices," he said.

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White House Says Response To Sony Attack Will Be "Proportional"

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:27pm

The White House won't confirm North Korea is behind the attack, citing an ongoing investigation. Nevertheless, it is mulling over its options.

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NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:20pm

The National Institutes of Health has approved requests for waivers from a moratorium on experiments that aim to make the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome more infectious in mice.

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A Short History Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:50pm

President Obama's decision to change U.S. policy on Cuba comes after a half century of icy relations.

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6 Things You Should Know About Cuban Cigars

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:42pm

If you plan on traveling to Cuba, you'll be able to bring back $100 worth of the country's famed cigars. But that's not a lot — because they're actually kind of expensive.

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Putin Vows To Fix Russian Economy

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:40pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to ease the country's economic woes by diversifying its heavy reliance on oil and gas.

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Are Artificial Christmas Trees Really More Environmentally Sound?

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:35pm

One reason people purchase artificial trees is because they believe they're more environmentally sound. But is that true?

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College Counselor: 'A Deferral Is Not A Denial'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:20pm

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

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Hello, I'm Calling From 'La Mafia'

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:17pm

Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. That means that jobs that in the U.S. are relatively safe and boring — like driving a bus — can be incredibly dangerous.

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Boko Haram Suspected In New Round Of Killing And Kidnapping

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:15pm

The latest killing and kidnapping occurred just 20 miles from where the Islamist extremist group kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April.

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