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Risks Have Never Been Greater For Medical Workers In Conflict Zones

NPR Top Stories - December 17, 2014 - 8:55am

They've always been caught in the crossfire. But now they're being directly targeted. And no place is more dangerous than Syria.

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Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

NPR Top Stories - December 17, 2014 - 8:31am

"Nonna Marijuana's Italian Feast" is the first episode of a Web series exploring pot cuisine. It features a charming 91-year-old grandmother who cooks cannabis Italian food infused with love.

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A Tweet On Women's Veils, Followed By Raging Debate In Saudi Arabia

NPR Top Stories - December 17, 2014 - 8:11am

A prominent ultra-conservative figure says that face veils for women are not mandatory. Now everyone is weighing in on the hottest topic in the kingdom.

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Cuba, U.S. Agree To Prisoner Release Including American Alan Gross

NPR Top Stories - December 17, 2014 - 7:50am

Signaling what could be a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba for five years, will be released, while the U.S. will release three Cubans.

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Polls Show Cuban-American Views On U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Nuanced

NPR Top Stories - December 17, 2014 - 7:50am

For years, Cuban-Americans in Miami supported punitive policies against Cuba. But since Obama's election, that view has moderated.

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Church Of England Names Its First Female Bishop

NPR Top Stories - December 17, 2014 - 6:56am

The Rev. Libby Lane has been a parish priest for 20 years. She will be consecrated on Jan. 26, becoming the first female bishop since the church was founded five centuries ago.

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Obama Unveils 'New Approach' On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

NPR Top Stories - December 17, 2014 - 6:04am

The U.S. and Cuba will start talks on normalizing relations and discuss opening a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Also today, Cuba freed USAID contractor Alan Gross on humanitarian grounds.

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In Pictures: After Horrific Attack, Pakistan Picks Up The Pieces

NPR Top Stories - December 17, 2014 - 5:01am

The families of the victims began to bury their dead, and people across the country held prayer services to remember the 145 killed in a Taliban attack on a school.

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As Pakistan Mourns, Prime Minister Removes Moratorium On Death Penalty

NPR Top Stories - December 17, 2014 - 4:17am

The country was starting to take stock of a Taliban attack on a school that killed 145 people. Most of them were children.

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Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

NPR Top Stories - December 17, 2014 - 2:04am

Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back life at peace, pain subdued.

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25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression

NPR Books - December 17, 2014 - 2:04am

Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.

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'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Creator Bridwell Dies At 86

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 5:28pm

More than 50 years after he came up with a story about a huge dog, author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he was shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.

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'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Creator Bridwell Dies At 86

NPR Books - December 16, 2014 - 5:28pm

More than 50 years after he came up with a story about a huge dog, author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he had been shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.

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Cows Remain At Large After Breakout At Idaho Meat Plant

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 4:23pm

Cows were running free in Pocatello, Idaho, Tuesday, following in the hooves of a feisty heifer that escaped from a meat packing plant Friday.

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Bill Cosby Won't Be Charged Over 1974 Molestation Claim

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 3:23pm

Citing the statute of limitations, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says it won't pursue child sexual abuse charges against the comedian, a subject of numerous allegations.

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On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 2:35pm

The pipeline's fate looms large in Washington. But for people living in Keystone XL's proposed path, the project will alter livelihoods and legacies — for better or worse, depending on whom you ask.

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The 12 Days Of Quirky Christmas Foods Around The Globe

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 2:17pm

We're kicking off a 12-part series exploring the rich diversity of Christmastime edibles around the world. We've zeroed in on meals that reveal as much about a country's history as its gastronomy.

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Japan's Beloved Christmas Cake Isn't About Christmas At All

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 2:17pm

The Japanese Christmas cake takes its name from the Christian holiday, but it actually symbolizes building a life of prosperity from nothing. And it's ubiquitous (it's even in your smartphone).

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Amid Threats By Hackers, Sony Allows Theaters To Drop 'The Interview'

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 2:05pm

Sony is withdrawing James Franco and Seth Rogen from upcoming promotional appearances for The Interview and will let theaters to cancel showings of the film, following threats of attacks.

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In California, Fire Plus Drought Plus Rain Add Up To Mud

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 1:48pm

Heavy rains are hitting drought-stricken California. But instead of sinking into the earth, the water is rushing away in areas burned by wildfire, raising the danger of mudslides.

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