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In Its Strange Journey, 'The Interview' Becomes An Art House Film

December 24, 2014 - 7:45am

In what scenario does a $44 million slapstick comedy become a good fit for independent theaters? Only one involving geopolitical intrigue, a humiliating hack and terror threats from North Korea.

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British Citizens Warned To Behave In The United Arab Emirates

December 24, 2014 - 6:54am

In the style of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," Britons are warned no drunkenness or kissing at Christmas in Dubai. The British Embassy says, "We love seeing you all, but not for the wrong reason!"

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Rand Paul Gets In On Festivus Actions

December 24, 2014 - 6:34am

Festivus is the Seinfeld-inspired holiday with an annual airing of grievances. In its honor, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul took to Twitter to complain.

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More Than 200 Theaters To Show 'The Interview' On Christmas Day

December 24, 2014 - 5:02am

The controversial buddy flick The Interview will be shown on Christmas Day after all, in a small group of theaters. We explore the film's journey from major Hollywood release to art house film.

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Sending Your Holiday Mail By Way Of Rudolph, Wis.

December 24, 2014 - 5:02am

For most of the year, the tiny town of Rudolph is best known for the cheese factory off Main Street. But around Christmas, people worldwide covet a Rudolph, Wis., postmark on their cards and letters.

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Research Suggests Generosity Is Hardwired Into Our Brains

December 24, 2014 - 5:02am

If generosity makes us happy, and lots of research suggests that it does, why do many of us find it difficult to be generous?

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Despite Some Clouds, U.S. Economic Forecast Looks Sunny

December 24, 2014 - 5:02am

Data indicate the U.S. economy grew at an impressive 5 percent rate in the third quarter. The stock market hit another record on Tuesday. David Greene talks David Wessel of the Brookings Institution.

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Poker Players Use Science To Effectively Give To Charities

December 24, 2014 - 5:02am

There's a new movement to get professional poker players to give a share of their winnings to charity — but most charities don't make the cut. Our Planet Money team explains why.

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Lower Gas Prices Add Fuel To U.S. Economic Recovery

December 24, 2014 - 5:02am

The average American is seeing a much bigger boost from falling gas prices than from pay raises. Cheap energy could finally put the U.S. economic recovery over the top.

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Lower Oil Prices Drain Value Of Russians' Money

December 24, 2014 - 5:02am

In Russia, they are not celebrating lower oil prices. The price of oil could mean the difference between prosperity and recession. The ruble has lost about 45 percent of its value this year.

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Obama Administration Downplays Court Challenge To Health Law

December 24, 2014 - 3:25am

With this year's enrollment in Obamacare brisk, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says she's not worried that the U.S. Supreme Court may yet overturn a key provision of the law.

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Deford: It's Hard To Write A Christmas Story About Sport

December 24, 2014 - 3:24am

Linking sports and the Christmas spirit is a true challenge, says commentator Frank Deford. "The idea of sports is to beat the other fellow," he says, "while the idea of Christmas is to be giving."

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Christmas In Liberia: Ebola Fears, No Snow, Holiday Spirit

December 24, 2014 - 3:23am

The deadly virus has cast a shadow over the country. Nonetheless, many Liberians are determined to have a happy Christmas and a hopeful new year.

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For Syria's President, The Year Ends Better Than It Began

December 24, 2014 - 3:22am

Syria's civil war is still raging with no end in sight. But Bashar Assad remains entrenched in Damascus and many argue his position improved over the year as the U.S. began bombing the Islamic State.

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The Year In Air Travel: Packed Planes And More Perks — For A Price

December 24, 2014 - 3:20am

Commercial airlines earned nearly $20 billion in profits this year. They're using the cash to buy new planes, update facilities and add amenities — but not all of those new comforts will be free.

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Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Threaten To Bust Prison Budgets

December 24, 2014 - 3:18am

Inmates in the U.S. have a high rate of infection with chronic hepatitis C — up to 35 percent or more by some estimates. New drugs introduced this year can cure the disease quickly, but at a cost.

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Christmas Tree And Menorah Conrolled By Tweets

December 23, 2014 - 6:53am

Twitter users around the world can turn on and off lights at a holiday display in New Jersey. Tweet #brilliant#twinkle to @Oxmas—Tree to light the display and tweet #figgyypudding to turn them off.

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The Woman Who Mistook A Hat For A Parrot

December 23, 2014 - 6:44am

A woman in Scotland was driving home from shopping when she saw a bird on the road: green body, red head. It wasn't a parrot. It was a Christmas hat.

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Singer Joe Cocker Dies Of Lung Cancer At 70

December 23, 2014 - 5:05am

Cocker was famous for both his unique voice and for a soulful style of singing that made it sound like he was pouring his heart out when he put his unique touch on hits such as "You Are So Beautiful."

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Murder Of 2 NYPD Officers Widens Rift Between Mayor, Police Union

December 23, 2014 - 5:05am

David Greene talks to James Dwyer, a columnist for The New New Times, about what's behind the rift between New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the leadership of the police union.

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