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GOP Sens. Rubio, Paul Square Off Over Cuba Policy Shift

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 9:18am

Rubio, appearing on ABC's This Week, lashed out at Paul, who has expressed support for opening trade with the island nation after a decades-long embargo.

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Tunisia, Cradle Of 'Arab Spring,' In Historic Presidential Vote

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 7:34am

The election pits interim President Moncef Marzouki against challenger Beji Caid Essebsi, who held a post in the ousted regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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Obama Calls North Korean Hack 'Cybervandalism'

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 6:58am

On CNN's State of the Union, the president expanded on earlier remarks he made criticizing a decision by Sony Pictures to pull distribution of The Interview.

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A History Lesson On The Philippines, Stuffed In A Christmas Chicken

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 6:40am

Rellenong manok is a deboned chicken filled with a jumble of ingredients. If it seems hard to pin down how this dish got all its fillings, it's because of the complexity of the Philippines' culture.

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Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 6:36am

Travel to Cuba for business or education will be much easier as the U.S. eases restrictions, but until the embargo is completely lifted, going to Cuba simply for tourism still won't be allowed.

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Gunman Made Anti-Police Posts Before Killing NYPD Officers

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 5:33am

The assailant, identified as 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, is thought to have shot his ex-girlfriend and then used her Instagram account to post threatening messages.

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On The Pakistani Taliban: 'You Can't Do Politics ... Killing Children'

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 5:15am

Peshawar, Pakistan has long been a breeding ground for the Taliban. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Michael Semple about Peshawar in the wake of the horrific school massacre that left more than 140 dead.

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With Election, Tunisia Solidifies Its Democracy Success Story

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 5:15am

Tunisians are casting a historic vote as they choose their first elected president. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Leila Fadel about the bright spot in a region roiled with violence.

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Filmmaker: Sony Hack Will Make Satirists Think Twice About Content

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 5:15am

Sony has canceled its new film, The Interview, which depicts the assassination of North Korea's leader. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with filmmaker Kevin Smith about writing controversial comedies.

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Two Cops Killed In Brooklyn; Fleeing Suspect Kills Himself

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 5:15am

Two police officers were killed in their patrol car in Brooklyn. The suspect then fled and killed himself on a subway platform. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to WNYC reporter Robert Lewis for the latest.

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Is This A Goat Or A Sheep? It's Harder Than You Think

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 4:03am

True confession: Our editors mistook a sheep for a goat. Now we've learned a lot about how cool sheep really are. Maybe our blog should be ... "Sheep and Soda?"

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Why Does It Take A Movie Robot To Show What Nurses Really Do?

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 1:40am

If TV and movie nurses took care of us when we're sick, we'd be in a heap of trouble. Those images of nutty, slutty and clueless nurses are bad news for the profession, and for patients.

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For Norwegian-Americans, Christmas Cheer Is Wrapped Up In Lefse

NPR Top Stories - December 21, 2014 - 1:37am

For many Norwegian-American families, the most anticipated Christmas treat isn't chocolate or sugar-dusted cookies. It's a simple potato-based pancake, spread with butter and sugar or jam.

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Muhammad Ali Hospitalized With Mild Pneumonia

NPR Top Stories - December 20, 2014 - 11:33pm

A spokesman said Saturday that the 72-year-old boxing great is in stable condition, and that his prognosis is good because the pneumonia was caught early.

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2 Police Officers Killed In Ambush In New York

NPR Top Stories - December 20, 2014 - 4:25pm

The two officers were shot inside of their marked patrol car in Brooklyn. The suspected gunman has died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

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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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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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