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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Holiday Encores Edition

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 8:15am

This week, we have two past segments to revisit: a look at our favorite and least favorite holiday pop culture, and a listen to some seasonal music.

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Top Stories: November Jobless Data; Orion Is Launched Into Space

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:41am

Also: New Jersey lawmakers clear Gov. Christie in a political scandal; a typhoon weakens slightly off the Philippines; and automaker Mazda will recall thousands of cars for suspect Takata airbags.

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'Dying Of The Light': A Disputed Production, A Disappointing Product

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:41am

The film, disavowed by its director and writer Paul Schrader after clashes with the studio, stars Nicolas Cage as a CIA officer who believes the agency has lost its moral direction.

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Economy Adds 321,000 Jobs In November, Unemployment Holds Steady

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:32am

The U.S. economy continued chug along at a moderate pace. The number of unemployed Americans, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, remained at around 9 million.

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Orion Spacecraft Soars Into Orbit In First Test For Mars Mission

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 6:12am

The spacecraft could one day take astronauts to Mars. The original launch date was scrubbed yesterday because of technical issues.

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Wilt Chamberlain Gets Extra-Long Stamp

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 6:11am

The NBA great, who's 7'1", is the first pro basketball player featured on a U.S. stamp. Kadir Nelson, the artist who created it, tells The New York Times, "We still had trouble fitting him in."

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Russian Newspaper Tries Reporting Only Good News

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 6:05am

When the City Reporter was full of cheer, readership on its website suffered. So they're back to reporting regular news.

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New Jersey Legislature Clears Gov. Chris Christie In Bridge Scheme

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 6:04am

The report, howver, found that two former aides acted with "perceived impunity" when they ordered the shutdown of some lanes of the George Washington Bridge.

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In Oakland, The Disconnect Between Young People And Police

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

Oakland has a history of tensions between police and the community. The police department there is under federal oversight for its use of force, among other problems.

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Prep Work Contributes To Successful Protest Turnout

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

The New York and Missouri grand jury decisions sparked protests across the country. To mobilize supporters, organizers relied on social media and old-fashioned methods of phone calls and canvassing.

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Suzan-Lori Parks' New Play, 'Father Comes Home From The Wars'

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

NPR Special Correspondent Michele Norris talks with playwright Suzan-Lori Parks about her latest work, "Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1,2 & 3)."

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Richard III's DNA Indicates Family Infidelity

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

Researchers confirmed in 2013 that bones unearthed in a parking lot in England are the remains of King Richard III. More scandalously, DNA from the skeleton now raises questions of royal infidelity.

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Obama Expected To Select Ashton Carter As Defense Secretary

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

On Friday, President Obama is expected to announce his pick to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Signs suggest that it will be Ashton Carter, who has served in many senior jobs at the Pentagon.

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At Afghan Conference, Western Governments Affirm Their Commitments

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

Some 50 countries met in London this week to boost Afghanistan's prospects after foreign combat forces withdraw at the end of the year. The gathering was intended to help chart the country's future.

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November Jobs Report Expected To Show Solid Job Growth

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

The unemployment rate is expected to hold steady at 5.8 percent. Even with recent declines in unemployment, there are still plenty of people working part-time who would like a full-time position.

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DOJ Probe: Cleveland Police Engaged In Unreasonable Force

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

A widespread pattern of excessive force has been uncovered. The 18-month federal civil rights investigation also found police supervisors failed to document and investigate claims of brutality.

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Sweden Takes Pride In Open-Door Immigration, Despite Backlash

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

A city in Sweden that has grown by a third in size with an influx of Arab immigrants is an example of the country's liberal immigration policies. But now those policies face political repercussions.

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Syrians In Raqqa Believe Assad Regime Benefits From War On ISIS

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

The Syrian city of Raqqa is the hub for militants from the Islamic State, and has sustained ongoing air strikes from the U.S. and the Syrian regime. Activists draw attention to the toll on civilians.

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Saturday's Runoff Will Decide If Sen. Landrieu Still Represents Louisiana

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

Democrat Mary Landrieu is in the last day of a bitter campaign to try to keep her Senate seat. Voters will choose between Landrieu, who has served three terms, and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.

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