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Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Marriages In Florida

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 4:50pm

The Supreme Court declined to extend a stay on a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, who said in August that Florida's 2008 ban is unconstitutional. The stay expires in January.

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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 3:33pm

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

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CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 3:03pm

Melissa Block talks to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton about the cyber attack against his company and the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of The Interview.

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Troubled By Grand Jury Verdicts, Students Request More Time For Exams

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 2:58pm

Students at several law schools say events in Ferguson and New York have left them too upset to study. Others are more concerned about how the extra study time will affect the grading curve.

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Obama Says 'James Flacco.' The Internet Says, Thank You

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 2:21pm

It was an honest mistake. But when President Obama said "James Flacco" when referring to James Franco — on a Friday before the holidays, no less — the slip was eagerly received online.

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The Fate Of The Administration's College Ratings

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 2:04pm

Some say a vaunted attempt to improve the quality of colleges is dead on arrival. Let's find out why.

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New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 1:50pm

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.

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With A Presidential Vote, Tunisia Seeks A Peaceful Transition

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 1:12pm

Tunisia launched the Arab uprisings four years ago when it ousted a dictator. Sunday's presidential election heralds the country's steady, but not-yet-guaranteed progress.

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St. Louis Grand Jury Heard Witnesses Who Lied, Prosecutor Says

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 12:53pm

Weeks after he announced a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in Michael Brown's death, prosecutor Robert McCulloch explains some of his own decisions in the case.

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Apple Responds To BBC On Conditions At Asian iPhone Suppliers

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 12:23pm

Jeff Williams, the tech giant's vice president for operations, told British-based employees that Apple has done more than any other company to ensure fair and safe working conditions.

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Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty To DUI

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 12:02pm

The Olympic gold medal winner gets no jail time for second conviction for drunk driving. He'll be able to train for Rio with his 18-month supervised probation.

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Pride And Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Can Taste Of Both

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 11:30am

Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That's a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.

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Instagram Is Now Valued At $35 Billion By Citigroup Analysts

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 11:22am

Less than three years ago, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. The photo-sharing service is said to have more than 300 million users.

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At Last, I Meet My Microbes

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 11:00am

At 31, a woman had the bacteria in her gut catalogued as part of scientific project that aims to characterize the creatures that live inside us and affect our health. Here's what she found out.

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Obama's Wide-Ranging, Year-End News Conference

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 10:31am

The president discussed issues ranging from normalization of relations with Cuba to Sony Pictures' decision to cancel release of the film 'The Interview' after a North Korean hack attack.

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Thailand Says It Was Unaware Of CIA Black Site On Its Soil

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 6:54am

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha says the U.S. never told Thai officials of the existence of a safe house where top al-Qaida operatives were allegedly subjected to torture.

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Teaching Hospitals Hit Hardest By Medicare Fines For Patient Safety

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 6:50am

Medicare will cut payments to hospitals with high rates of patient infections and injuries. Half that nation's academic medical centers will be docked by Medicare for making too many medical mistakes.

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To Finish Up Year, Obama Will Hold A Press Conference

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 5:32am

President Obama has a lot to talk about: From the recent protests in Ferguson to thawing relations with Cuba and Iran. Obama may also be asked about the cyber attack on Sony.

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3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 4:03am

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

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What's Next For Cuba? The Headlines That Tell The Story

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 4:03am

The State Department says a delegation of diplomats will visit the island next month. The formal restoration of diplomatic ties is expected to be as easy as the two countries writing each other notes.

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