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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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Despite Russia's Woes, Putin Shows No Signs Of Bending On Ukraine

December 23, 2014 - 5:00pm

The ruble has lost about a third of its value against the dollar. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Wall Street Journal Moscow Chief Greg White about Russia's deep recession.

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North Korea's Internet Outage Could Just Be Bad Timing

December 23, 2014 - 5:00pm

North Korea's nationwide outage, which came after President Obama promised a response for the Sony hack, was not likely caused by the U.S., Internet analyst Doug Madory tells NPR's Audie Cornish.

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Pope To Vatican Leaders: In-Fighting Must Stop

December 23, 2014 - 4:41pm

Pope Francis gave a harsh Christmas speech this week, diagnosing the Vatican leadership with "spiritual Alzheimers." Vatican watcher Rocco Palmo tells NPR's Audie Cornish about the pope's message.

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Number Of Cars Earning Top Safety Awards Nearly Doubles

December 23, 2014 - 4:22pm

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the number of vehicles winning its two safety awards jumped from 39 to 71 for the 2015 model year.

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FDA Allows Gay Men To Donate Blood

December 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

The Food and Drug Administration announced plans to change a decades-old policy banning men who have ever had sex with another man — even once — from giving blood for life.

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Near Police Killings, A Community With A Cycle Of Crime

December 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

The police shooting in New York occurred outside a public housing project that's had an increase in crime. Some are trying to reduce violence and debunk myths about those who live in public housing.

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How To Compose Music For A Movie About Music

December 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to film composer Justin Hurwitz, 29, about his first major movie score, for the movie Whiplash. Hurwitz talks about using music to heighten tension.

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Hashtag Activism In 2014: Tweeting 'Why I Stayed'

December 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Bev Gooden, creator of the hashtag #whyIstayed. The hashtag took off in September after the Ray Rice scandal, when many asked why women stay in abusive relationships.

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Despite De Blasio's Appeal, Protesters March In New York

December 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

The New York mayor asked protesters to stay off the streets until two murdered police officers can be buried. But demonstrators insist there's no connection between the killings and their protests.

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GDP Growth At Highest Level Since 2003

December 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

The economy expanded at a 5 percent seasonally adjusted rate during the third quarter. The U.S. economy is coming back strong even as the rest of the world slows down.

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Conquering Anatomy On The Way To A Stable Career

December 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

In September, we profiled a hard-to-pass but popular class at community colleges: anatomy 1, required for a nursing degree. We check back in with Jonathan Harned, who wasn't sure he could pass.

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Letters: What If 'The Interview' Trashed The U.S. Instead?

December 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

NPR's Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about Sony's decision to cancel the Christmas-day release of The Interview, and on the effort to save the northern white rhino.

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In Miami, Mixed Emotions Over Release Of Cuban Spies

December 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

Obama's release of three Cuban spies sparked outrage among Miami's white-haired Cuban exiles, but the exiles' American-born children and grandchildren see a bright future in U.S.-Cuba relations.

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Cubans Celebrate The Return Of Three Last Spies

December 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

The three intelligence agents were the remaining imprisoned members of the Cuban Five spy ring. Cubans view them as heroes: Their faces are everywhere, and Cubans even know them by their first names.

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How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

December 20, 2014 - 5:16pm

Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.

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This Season, Broadway Hits The Big Screen — Twice

December 20, 2014 - 5:05pm

Two movies this holiday season are adaptations of Broadway musicals. NPR's Arun Rath talks with arts critic Bob Mondello and pop culture blogger Linda Holmes about Annie and Into The Woods.

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Montana Shooter Found Guilty Despite State's 'Castle Doctrine'

December 20, 2014 - 5:05pm

More than 30 states have laws that allow people to use deadly force if they have a reasonable fear for their life or property. But this week, a Montana jury said that type of law has its limits.

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Renewed U.S.-Cuba Ties Could Mean Big Things For Cigar Market

December 20, 2014 - 5:05pm

As the U.S. opens up to Cuban exports, David Savona of Cigar Aficionado magazine tells NPR's Arun Rath how it will affect the market for Cuban cigars.

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What Do Cubans Think Of Renewed U.S. Relations?

December 20, 2014 - 5:05pm

After President Obama's announcement of dramatic changes to U.S. relations with Cuba, NPR's Arun Rath speaks with correspondent Carrie Kahn in Havana about how that country has reacted to the news.

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