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CDC Head: Key Interventions Have Slowed Ebola's Spread

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:00pm

Melissa Block talks to Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, who is completing a tour of the West African nations most deeply affected by the Ebola outbreak.

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New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:50pm

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.

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'Mr. Turner' About A Man Trying To Find His Place In The World

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:43pm

The new film from British director Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner, takes up an historical figure: iconic British painter JMW Turner. But it also incorporates another theme of Leigh's: the human story of the working person. Painting was Turner's job and he was as down to earth as a factory worker.

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Week In Politics: Jeb Bush, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Cuba

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:43pm

Melissa Block speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of the New York Times about Jeb Bush, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Cuba and the president's year-end news conference.

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New Romanian President Vows To Crack Down On Corruption

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:43pm

On Sunday, Romania will swear in a new president, the first from one of that country's ethnic minorities. Klaus Iohannis, a little known mayor from Transylvania with German ancestry, scored a surprise victory last month over Romania's prime minister.

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Government Sells Last Major Stake In A Bank Post-Financial Crisis

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:43pm

The government has sold its stake in Ally Financial, the last major bank that was involved in the TARP bailout program.

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FBI Officially Pins Sony Cyberattack On North Korea

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:43pm

The FBI released a statement on Friday saying that the North Korean government is responsible for the massive cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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'Mr. Turner' Is A Snuffling, Growling Work Of Art

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:43pm

Critic Bob Mondello says Mike Leigh's earthy new biopic about the famed British painter J.M.W Turner shows viewers the incandescent beauty of the world as Turner himself must have seen it.

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Neighboring States Challenge Colorado's Recreational Marijuana Law

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:40pm

Colorado is vowing to fight a lawsuit filed by neighboring states that challenges its legalization of recreational marijuana.

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New Cuba Relationship Could Be A Boon For American Farmers

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:32pm

Two-thirds of the food Cubans eat is imported — but the reestablishment of ties with the U.S. could open opportunities for American farmers.

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Sabiduría: Honduras Takeaways

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:26pm

Latino USA Producer Marlon Bishop talks with Host Maria Hinojosa about his takeaways from visiting Honduras.

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Sentenced For Life, Inmate Still Holds Hope For Release

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:37pm

David Padilla is one of thousands of people sentenced under tough drug laws who's spending life in prison. Now the Clemency Project 2014 promises pardons or early release for some offenders.

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Apple Responds To BBC On Conditions At Asian iPhone Suppliers

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:23pm

Jeff Williams, the tech giant's vice president for operations, told British-based employees that Apple has done more than any other company to ensure fair and safe working conditions.

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Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty To DUI

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:02pm

The Olympic gold medal winner gets no jail time for second conviction for drunk driving. He'll be able to train for Rio with his 18-month supervised probation.

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Pride And Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Can Taste Of Both

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:30pm

Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That's a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.

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Instagram Is Now Valued At $35 Billion By Citigroup Analysts

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:22pm

Less than three years ago, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. The photo-sharing service is said to have more than 300 million users.

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At Last, I Meet My Microbes

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00pm

At 31, a woman had the bacteria in her gut catalogued as part of scientific project that aims to characterize the creatures that live inside us and affect our health. Here's what she found out.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Alan Reid

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:53pm

Three decades after her first interview with him, Fiona Ritchie meets up with the Scottish musician, who's known for a long career with the legendary Battlefield Band.

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Live: Obama's Year-End News Conference

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:31pm

The president is expected to discuss issues ranging from normalization of relations with Cuba to the fight against the self-described Islamic State and his views on the Senate's "torture report."

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Mixed Reaction As New York Bans Fracking

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:20pm

The debate over whether to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been deeply emotional and contentious in New York.

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