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How 'The Interview' May Change How Big Studios Do Business

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Sony's release of The Interview via streaming Internet services and in theaters at the same time is unprecedented for a major studio film and raises questions about the economics of future releases.

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After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

For one family in Overland Park, Kan., it's not Christmas without Mrs. Lawrence. The tea cake, rich with butter and spices, is named for the neighbor who would hand deliver it every holiday season.

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Where Ebola Has Closed Schools, A Radio Program Provides A Faint Signal Of Hope

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

1.5 million children are out of school in Liberia. It's possible kids may not return to class until spring.

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Blind Syrian Refugee Writer Seeks To Make New Home In Sweden

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

An aspiring writer who has fled the civil war is now adjusting to life in Sweden. She longs for home, but for now receives the assistance she needs — housing, language courses, transportation.

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Economy Weathers A Bad Winter And Other Storms To Finish 2014 Strong

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Early in 2014, the economy was floored by the polar vortex — plus, businesses and consumers were dazed by a government shutdown and debt limit fight. But it rebounded, and analysts are optimistic.

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Scoring The Screen: Rachel Portman On Hitting The Right Emotional Note

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Rachel Portman was the first female composer to win an Oscar, for her work on Emma. She talks to Robert Siegel about the process of setting the scene with music — without overdoing it.

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In Britain, A Christmas Tradition Of Slapstick And Silliness

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

For centuries, British families have celebrated the Christmas season by attending "pantomimes," silly musical comedies of stories such as Aladdin and Cinderella. The tradition is alive and well today.

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For Venezuela, Drop In Global Oil Prices Could Be Catastrophic

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

The South American nation is home to the world's largest oil reserves and earns most of its foreign reserves from oil. It faced a deep economic crisis even before petroleum prices began their plunge.

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Low Gas Prices Predicted For 2015 And Beyond

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Prices at the pump have dipped below $2 a gallon in some parts of the country this month, with average prices more than one-third lower than this summer. Analysts say that trend is likely to continue.

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Employers Help Legal Immigrants On Path To Citizenship

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Some firms are helping their legal immigrant employees by bringing citizenship workshops and legal assistance to the jobsite. About 100 companies in seven cities are participating in the program.

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Chicago Officials Spar With South Dakota Over Airport Ads

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Ads touting the business climate in South Dakota will go up at Chicago's O'Hare airport in January. The city rejected the first round of ads, which compared Chicago's treatment of business to the TSA.

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What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.

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Why Bury Fig Trees? A Curious Tradition Preserves A Taste Of Italy

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

For generations, Italian-American fig growers in the Northeast have buried their trees in trenches for the winter. It's a tradition that preserves both flavor and ancestral ties to southern Italy.

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Father Of Jordanian Pilot Held By ISIS Issues Plea For His Release

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 2:33pm

The father of 26-year-old Flight Lt. Moaz al-Kaseasbeh, urged his son's Islamic State captors to treat him well and set him free because "we are all Muslims."

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'Into the Woods' Hits The Big Screen, But Never Left The Stage

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 12:50pm

In fact, the play is currently the 3rd most popular high school show in the country.

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New Census Tool Allows For Searching Cities By Demographics 

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 12:40pm

Did you know that Provo, Utah has the highest concentration of young workers in the U.S. or that McAllen, Texas has the most minorities?

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The 1914 Christmas Truce Is Set To Music At Symphony Hall

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 12:35pm

The Boston Pops has commissioned a new narrated work combining words and music to mark the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914.

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Louis Armstong’s Queens Home Celebrates 10 Years As A Living Memorial

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 12:12pm

The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, goes all out for the holidays.

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Will California's Wet Weather Ease The Multi-Year Drought?

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 12:06pm

NASA hydrologist says California would need 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from California's three year drought.

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David Gray On New Beginnings

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 11:40am

The British singer-songwriter talks about his music and plays songs off his new album "Mutineers," which is his tenth record.

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