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‘The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume II’

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 10:39am
The second volume of Norton’s two-part anthology compiles texts and commentaries on Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
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Bookshelf: Can’t Sleep

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 10:33am
New picture books include “Naptime,” “A Bed for Kitty” and “Goodnight Already!”
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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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Children's Books: ‘Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future,’ by A. S. King

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 9:05am
A high school senior grappling with her mother’s suicide is suddenly able to envision people’s pasts and futures.
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Children's Books: ‘Isabel’s War,’ by Lila Perl

New York Times book reviews - December 19, 2014 - 9:02am
This novel’s 12-year-old heroine, growing up in 1940s New York, finds World War II a nuisance, until she meets a refugee.
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Book News: Macmillan Inks Deal With Amazon, But Doesn't Sound Happy About It

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 7:07am

The publisher makes peace with Amazon — and takes the opportunity to vent some frustration. Also: Paulo Coelho offers to buy The Interview off Sony.

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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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Playlist: Writers On Writing

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 6:38am

In this playlist, TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word.

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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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Details On The Administration's New College Ratings System

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

A framework for measuring opportunity --and outcomes.

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

NPR Books - 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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When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 2:02am

Nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients in exchange for tax breaks. But some hospitals seize wages from poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for reduced-cost care.

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For An Island Trapped In The '50s, An Instant Digital Revolution

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 1:03am

Cuba is one of the least connected countries on Earth, with 5 percent of residents online. But it could become the Caribbean's largest market if the Castros open the nation up to the Internet.

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7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 1:02am

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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The Eye-Opening Saga Of Walter And Margaret Keane, Now On Screen

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 1:01am

Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.

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5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 1:00am

Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.

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The Administration's College Ratings: How It Looks On Campus

NPR Top Stories - December 19, 2014 - 12:59am

The Education Department's unveiling today of a controversial ratings system has fueled a debate over what this kind of system can — or should — measure.

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