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Contractor Freed By Cuba Will Get $3.2M From U.S.

December 24, 2014 - 11:23am

A USAID official confirmed the payment to Alan Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison. It's part of a settlement with the Maryland-based company for which he worked at the time of his arrest.

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A Very Native American Christmas

December 24, 2014 - 11:11am

For some Native Americans, Christmas has been a time for decorated trees, Santa Claus and lots of old traditions.

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Teacher Wins $150,000 Prize — And Donates It All To Her School

December 24, 2014 - 9:54am

Nikki Bollerman recently won a contest that gave books to her students. The third-grade teacher, 26, decided the cash that came with it should also go to her school.

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25 Years After Death, A Dictator Still Casts A Shadow In Romania

December 24, 2014 - 9:44am

Nicolae Ceausescu ruled with an iron fist for 25 years until he was overthrown and executed on Christmas Day in 1989. A quarter-century after his ouster, the country is still dealing with his legacy.

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New Blood Donation Rules Would Still Exclude Many Gay Men

December 24, 2014 - 9:33am

The FDA recommends overturning a lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men. It's the right solution, but it still won't help me donate.

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Turkey's President And His 1,100-Room 'White Palace'

December 24, 2014 - 9:23am

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the massive presidential complex is a symbol of Turkey's growing importance. But as one opposition politician puts it: Only dictators want to live in palaces.

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An Update On For-Profit Colleges

December 24, 2014 - 8:08am

New regulations and new complaints for a troubled sector; a new owner for a troubled college.

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Former President George H.W. Bush To Remain In Hospital

December 24, 2014 - 8:05am

Former President George H.W. Bush, 90, is being kept at Houston Methodist Hospital for observation, following breathing difficulties.

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Jordanian Plane Goes Down Over Syria; Islamic State Captures Pilot

December 24, 2014 - 7:42am

U.S. military officials tell NPR they believe the plane wasn't shot down by ISIS, and they're still working to determine what brought the plane down.

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Police Kill Young Man In Missouri; 'It's Not What People Portray,' Mayor Says

December 24, 2014 - 7:40am

Police say a black 18-year-old had a gun when he was shot at a gas station in a St. Louis suburb that's just two miles west of Ferguson. Police have released a video of the incident.

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Guyanese Christmas Gives A Whole New Meaning To Slow Food

December 24, 2014 - 6:33am

Two classic Christmas dishes beloved by the people of Guyana are pepperpot and garlic pork. To get the flavors just right, you have to cook them and let them sit out for weeks.

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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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Demonstrators March In NYC After Mayor's Call To Suspend Protests

December 23, 2014 - 9:23pm

Mayor Bill de Blasio asked people to wait until after the funerals of two officers who were killed on Saturday. Activists say their protests against police brutality aren't linked to the deaths.

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Satanic Temple's Holiday Display Vandalized In Florida Capitol

December 23, 2014 - 5:36pm

A woman is in custody and the atheist group behind the display said it plans to press charges. The diorama of Lucifer falling into the flames of hell was part of the Rotunda's free speech zone.

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Satanic Temple's Holiday Display Vandalized In Florida Capitol

December 23, 2014 - 5:36pm

A woman is in custody and the atheist group behind the display said it plans to press charges. The diorama of Lucifer falling into the flames of hell was part of the rotunda's free speech zone.

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