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U.S. Deal May Not Change Life Much For Everyday Cubans

December 17, 2014 - 5:16pm

Melissa Block talks to Steve Wicary, a freelance journalist based in Havana, about reactions on the ground in Cuba, to the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations.

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Sen. Marco Rubio: Obama's Cuba Deal Is Bad Foreign Policy

December 17, 2014 - 5:07pm

We hear Cuban-American reaction and some of what Cuban President Raul Castro had to say today.

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Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

December 17, 2014 - 4:53pm

For the Japanese, Christmastime means sponge cake. But a nationwide butter shortage has lead to mandatory butter rationing, forcing cake bakers to seek out substitutes.

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Fed: Interest Rates Could Rise As Early As May 2015

December 17, 2014 - 4:45pm

After a two-day meeting, Federal Reserve policymakers say they will be "patient" before starting to raise interest rates from historically low levels.

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Rep. Van Hollen: Alan Gross' Release A 'Miraculous' Moment

December 17, 2014 - 4:35pm

Melissa Block talks to Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen of Maryland about the release of Alan Gross. Van Hollen is one of the lawmakers who flew to Cuba to bring Gross back to the U.S.

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Obama Issues 12 Pardons, Commutes 8 Sentences

December 17, 2014 - 4:34pm

President Obama commuted the prison sentences of eight people who were convicted of drug-related crimes Wednesday, in a move that also saw 12 presidential pardons issued.

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Pakistani Editorial Calls For Unified Strategy Against Extremists

December 17, 2014 - 4:32pm

Melissa Block talks to Zaffar Abbas, editor of the Dawn newspaper, about calling on the Pakistani government to take a tough unified strategy against Islamic extremism and terror groups.

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Alan Gross' Release: How It Went Down

December 17, 2014 - 4:31pm

American Alan Gross had spent more than five years in a Cuban prison where he suffered ill health. Then, on Tuesday, his lawyer, Scott Gilbert, told him in a phone call that he was going home.

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Weekly Innovation: Nonstick Coating Helps Ketchup Slide Out

December 17, 2014 - 4:22pm

LiquiGlide is a coating that helps that last bit of ketchup or mustard slide out easily without shaking or squeezing the bottle. Now, the company is expanding to other kinds of uses and industries.

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Major Movie Theater Chains Drop 'The Interview' After Threats

December 17, 2014 - 4:15pm

Audie Cornish talks with LA Times Hollywood Editor Joe Bel Bruno about the latest surrounding hacker threats to Sony and theaters showing the film, The Interview.

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Some Cuban-Americans Angry With Release Of Spies

December 17, 2014 - 4:14pm

We hear reaction from Miami's Cuban-American community on announced changes to U.S. policy toward the island.

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Author Of 'Clifford' Children's Books Dies At 86

December 17, 2014 - 4:11pm

The creator of Clifford The Big, Red Dog died last Friday . Norman Bridwell wrote about 150 Clifford books that were translated into 13 languages and sold nearly 130 million copies.

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Letters: How Parents Talk To Boys About Sex And Consent

December 17, 2014 - 4:11pm

Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about how parents talk to boys about sex and consent and a strong storm that hit California.

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From White House's Perspective, Cuban Embargo Hasn't Worked

December 17, 2014 - 4:11pm

The U.S. broke off relations with Cuba the year President Obama was born. Now, he's trying a different approach having resolved one issue — the jailing of a U.S. aid worker.

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Shift In U.S.-Cuba Relationship Comes After 55 Years Of Tension

December 17, 2014 - 4:11pm

We look back over the more than 50 years the U.S. has had an antagonistic relationship with the Cuban government.

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He Just Flew In From South Africa To Join 'The Daily Show'

December 14, 2014 - 5:03pm

And boy, are his arms tired. Because he's been holding them up so the U.S. police don't attack him. That joke launched Trevor Noah's "Daily Show" gig. He got raves — but a few barbs from fans at home.

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Cheney On Harsh Interrogation: 'I'd Do It Again In A Minute'

December 14, 2014 - 3:11pm

The former vice president doubled down on his defense of the Bush administration's use of such techniques, calling the Senate's recent report "seriously flawed."

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Turkey Launches Crackdown On Government Critics

December 14, 2014 - 2:11pm

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government has rounded up two dozen journalists, television producers and police with close ties to an exiled cleric who is fiercely critical of the government.

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Prince George's Christmas Snapshots

December 14, 2014 - 12:59pm

The newest member of the British royal family is seen in three new photos released by his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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A For-Profit College Tries The Charter School Market

December 14, 2014 - 12:03pm

ITT Technical Institute sought to open high schools around the country, but it's meeting resistance.

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