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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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Two Of Colorado's Neighbors Sue State Over Marijuana Law

NPR Top Stories - December 18, 2014 - 6:23pm

Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn't constitutional.

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Once Written Off, Kepler Telescope Finds New Planet

NPR Top Stories - December 18, 2014 - 5:05pm

The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.

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'Team America' Is Benched: Won't Return To Theaters, Reports Say

NPR Top Stories - December 18, 2014 - 3:47pm

One day after some U.S. theaters vowed to screen Team America: World Police in the place of The Interview, whose release was canceled, word has emerged that Team America has also been pulled.

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Opportunity, Caution Seen For U.S. Banks As Cuba Rules Ease

NPR Top Stories - December 18, 2014 - 3:08pm

President Obama eased restrictions on Cuba this week, including a relaxation of rules barring U.S. banks from doing business there. But banks are awaiting details and are likely to proceed cautiously.

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ArtsBeat: Cuba: A Reading List

New York Times book reviews - December 18, 2014 - 11:43am
Recommended books for learning more about Cuba’s history and its relationship to the United States.






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White House Says Response To Sony Attack Will Be "Proportional"

NPR Top Stories - December 18, 2014 - 11:27am

The White House won't confirm North Korea is behind the attack, citing an ongoing investigation. Nevertheless, it is mulling over its options.

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