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Obama Wraps Up A 'Breakthrough' 2014

NPR Top Stories - December 20, 2014 - 4:33am

President Obama held his year-end press conference Friday, insisting 2014 has been a "breakthrough year for America." He also addressed the Sony hack attack and his recent executive action on Cuba.

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Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love

NPR Books - December 20, 2014 - 4:33am

Norman Bridwell, the beloved creator of the classic children's book character, Clifford the Big Red Dog, died last week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the author.

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A Literate London Cabbie's Favorite Books For 2014

NPR Books - December 20, 2014 - 4:33am

Every year, well-read London cabbie Will Grozier joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk books. In 2014, he recommends the writing of a fellow taxi driver, and a new take on World War I.

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Gentlefolk All, Survive Your Holidays With Help From Chaucer

NPR Books - December 20, 2014 - 4:03am

Who better to help you through the stresses and strains of a modern Christmas than a 14th-century English poet? Yes, Geoffrey Chaucer is online now, and he's here for all your holiday advice needs.

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Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

NPR Books - December 20, 2014 - 2:16am

For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.

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

NPR Books - 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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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

In Brain On Fire, Susannah Cahalan shares her experience of being hospitalized for one horrific month because of a rare disease. It appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend follows friends Elena and Lila as they grow up in mid-century Naples, Italy. It appears at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

Walter Isaacson tells the stories of the people who helped create modern computers in The Innovators. It appears at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl tells the story of a Jewish girl born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston. It debuts at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of December 18, 2014

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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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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