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From Water Cutoffs To An Art Scare, Detroit Has A Tumultuous Year

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 1:34pm

Detroit has officially emerged from the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy. But 2014, which included a trial over the city's plan to shed $7 billion in debt, changed the very fabric of the city.

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There's No Place Like A Dorm Room For The Holidays

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 1:34pm

When holiday break comes, college kids start packing up and heading for home. But for former foster students, there's no home to go to.

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150 Years Later, A Formal Apology For The Sand Creek Massacre

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 1:34pm

The Sand Creek Massacre of December 1864 left nearly 200 people dead. Now, hundreds of Cheyenne and Arapaho are returning to the site to mark the 150th anniversary of the tragedy.

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Sandwich Monday: The Hanukkah Miracle

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 1:26pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, guest eater Dan Pashman shares with us a creation that members of every faith can enjoy. It's a latke-doughnut sandwich called the Hanukkah Miracle.

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Sometimes You Can't Pick Just 10: Maureen Corrigan's Favorite Books Of 2014

NPR Books - December 15, 2014 - 12:00pm

This year, Fresh Air's book critic rejects the tyranny of the decimal system and picks 12 titles published in 2014 — all with characters, scenes and voices that linger long past the last page.

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Book News: Apple Enters A New Round In E-Book Price-Fixing Fight

NPR Books - December 15, 2014 - 7:48am

Apple goes before an appeals court in a battle expected to help clarify the legal line between business agreements and outright collusion. Also: Hilary Mantel denounces her critics' "froth and bile."

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Rare Northern White Rhino Dies At San Diego Zoo

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 5:12am

Now, only five remain in the world. Angalifu was thought to be 44 years old. He died of old age.

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WATCH: Live, Local Coverage Of Australian Hostage Siege

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 3:42am

A gunman is holding an unknown number of hostages at a downtown chocolate cafe. Police have put a swath of Australia's largest city under lockdown.

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Live Blog: 5 Escape From Sydney Cafe After Being Held Hostage

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 3:34am

An unknown number of people remain inside the cafe. Police cordoned off a huge swath of Australia's largest city.

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Sen. Warren Warns That Spending Bill Sets Dangerous Precedent

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 1:19am

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, took a passionate stand against a provision in the spending bill that rolls back a major part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation.

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Around-The-World Trek Hits Obstacles Both Natural And Man-Made

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 12:31am

Journalist Paul Salopek's long walk recently brought him face to face with the possibility of losing his toes to frostbite — and with one of the largest mass migrations in modern history.

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Lockheed Martin Case Puts 401(k) Plans On Trial

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 12:30am

The aerospace company is being sued for choosing retirement funds that were poorly managed and charged high fees in a case that tests the limits of a company's responsibilities to its employees.

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When Grandma's House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 12:26am

In a shift driven partly by culture and largely by the economy, the number of grandparents living with their grandchildren is up sharply. About 1 in 10 kids is living with a grandparent.

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Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 12:25am

Should dietary guidelines consider the environmental effects of our food choices? The government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee thinks they should. Congress, however, says no.

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To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 12:24am

For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.

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PetSmart To Be Sold To Investor Group

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 12:19am

The Phoenix-based pet store retailer says investors, led by buyout firm BC Partners, have agreed to pay $83 per share in cash to the company for a total of $8.7 billion.

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ArtsBeat: Nobel Gives French Novelist U.S. Boost

New York Times book reviews - December 14, 2014 - 3:02pm
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired Patrick Modiano’s latest novel, “So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood,” to be published in late 2015.






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