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The Whiteness Project: Facing Race In A Changing America

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 2:03pm

A filmmaker invited white residents of Buffalo, N.Y., to speak candidly about race. Karen Grigsby Bates finds the results are thought-provoking, often surprising and sometimes disturbing.

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Kurdish Forces Push Offensive To Retake Sinjar From ISIS

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 1:00pm

Days after breaking the siege of Mount Sinjar and freeing trapped Yazidis there, peshmerga forces were pressing an offensive to retake the town itself from the Islamist militia.

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GOP Sens. Rubio, Paul Square Off Over Cuba Policy Shift

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 9:18am

Rubio, appearing on ABC's This Week, lashed out at Paul, who has expressed support for opening trade with the island nation after a decades-long embargo.

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Tunisia, Cradle Of Arab Spring, In Historic Presidential Vote

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 7:34am

The election pits interim President Moncef Marzouki against challenger Beji Caid Essebsi, who held a post in the ousted regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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Obama Calls North Korean Hack 'Cybervandalism'

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 6:58am

On CNN's State of the Union, the president expanded on earlier remarks he made criticizing a decision by Sony Pictures to pull distribution of The Interview.

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A History Lesson On The Philippines, Stuffed In A Christmas Chicken

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 6:40am

Rellenong manok is a deboned chicken filled with a jumble of ingredients. If it seems hard to pin down how this dish got all its fillings, it's because of the complexity of the Philippines' culture.

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Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 6:36am

Travel to Cuba for business or education will be much easier as the U.S. eases restrictions, but until the embargo is completely lifted, going to Cuba simply for tourism still won't be allowed.

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Gunman Made Anti-Police Posts Before Killing NYPD Officers

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 5:33am

The assailant, identified as 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, is thought to have shot his ex-girlfriend and then used her Instagram account to post threatening messages.

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With Election, Tunisia Solidifies Its Democracy Success Story

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 5:15am

Tunisians are casting a historic vote as they choose their first elected president. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Leila Fadel about the bright spot in a region roiled with violence.

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Filmmaker: Sony Hack Will Make Satirists Think Twice About Content

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 5:15am

Sony has canceled its new film, The Interview, which depicts the assassination of North Korea's leader. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with filmmaker Kevin Smith about writing controversial comedies.

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On The Pakistani Taliban: 'You Can't Do Politics ... Killing Children'

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 5:15am

Peshawar, Pakistan, has long been a breeding ground for the Taliban. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Pakistan expert Michael Semple in the wake of the school massacre that left more than 140 dead.

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Two Cops Killed In Brooklyn; Fleeing Suspect Kills Himself

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 5:15am

Two police officers have been killed in their patrol car in Brooklyn. The suspect fled and killed himself on a subway platform. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to WNYC reporter Robert Lewis for the latest.

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Is This A Goat Or A Sheep? It's Harder Than You Think

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 4:03am

True confession: Our editors mistook a sheep for a goat. Now we've learned a lot about how cool sheep really are. Maybe our blog should be ... "Sheep and Soda?"

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Why Does It Take A Movie Robot To Show What Nurses Really Do?

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 1:40am

If TV and movie nurses took care of us when we're sick, we'd be in a heap of trouble. Those images of nutty, slutty and clueless nurses are bad news for the profession, and for patients.

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For Norwegian-Americans, Christmas Cheer Is Wrapped Up In Lefse

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 1:37am

For many Norwegian-American families, the most anticipated Christmas treat isn't chocolate or sugar-dusted cookies. It's a simple potato-based pancake, spread with butter and sugar or jam.

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Muhammad Ali Hospitalized With Mild Pneumonia

NPR Top Stories - December 20, 2014 - 11:33pm

A spokesman said Saturday that the 72-year-old boxing great is in stable condition, and that his prognosis is good because the pneumonia was caught early.

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2 Police Officers Killed In Ambush In New York

NPR Top Stories - December 20, 2014 - 4:25pm

The two officers were shot inside of their marked patrol car in Brooklyn. The suspected gunman has died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

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Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

NPR Top Stories - December 20, 2014 - 1:20pm

An analyst from GasBuddy.com says 24 states have at least one station with the price per gallon at $1.99 or less.

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Decorated Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward Dies At 95

NPR Top Stories - December 20, 2014 - 11:38am

He flew nearly 150 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, but after the war, Steward returned home and was denied a mortgage because of his skin color.

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U.N. Reports More Than 7,000 Ebola Deaths Since March

NPR Top Stories - December 20, 2014 - 9:58am

The World Health Organization has added nearly 400 more deaths from the current outbreak since its last report earlier this week.

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