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U.S. Transfers Five Guantanamo Detainees To Kazakhstan

Wed, 2014-12-31 02:50

The transfer is part of a plan to close the detention facility in Cuba. The Pentagon says there are still 127 detainees at Guantanamo.

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Weather Hampers AirAsia Search, Sonar May Have Found Parts Of Plane

Wed, 2014-12-31 01:37

Sonar may have located parts of the AirAsia flight that disappeared Sunday over the Java Sea with 162 people on board. Recovery teams have now pulled at least seven bodies from the choppy waters.

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Waiting For A Break: Obama on 'Strategic Patience' In Foreign Policy

Wed, 2014-12-31 01:00

"I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement," the president says of Iran and other regimes perceived as U.S. enemies. But he says restoring relations is a gradual process.

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Vocab-Intensive Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:31

Sesame Workshop's games are designed to help kids learn words and have fun. One New York City educator says it's never too soon to teach tykes that technology can be more than just entertainment.

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Potent Powdered Caffeine Raises Safety Worries

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:28

With two young men dead, the Food and Drug Administration is considering banning sales to consumers of a highly concentrated form of pure caffeine. A lethal overdose is too easy, officials warn.

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Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The A-B-Cs

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:27

A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.

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There And Back Again For U.S. Military In Iraq

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:25

Three years after the U.S. military officially withdrew from Iraq, 2,000 U.S. troops are back restoring the old buildings they'd left behind and renewing former contacts with Iraqi officers.

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Roxane Gay: 2014 Was The Year Of 'Enough Is Enough'

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:25

Author Roxane Gay spent 2014 thinking and writing about issues that exposed divides in America over race and gender. She offers her thoughts on some of the year's most-talked-about stories.

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Banish 2014's Woes With Our Stand-Up Comedy Picks

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:23

NPR's Elizabeth Blair polled comedy-industry insiders to find out their favorite jokes of 2014. The results range from supermarket-checkout observations to a historically hysterical take on Oprah.

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Sanctions Intensify Russia's Free Fall Into Economic Crisis

Tue, 2014-12-30 23:22

The Russian economy took a big hit in 2014. The U.S. and other countries imposed economic sanctions after Russia annexed Crimea, but it was falling oil prices that really hurt the country.

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Toddler Fatally Shoots His Mother At Idaho Wal-Mart

Tue, 2014-12-30 22:10

The Kootenai County sheriff's office says the 2-year-old boy, who was seated in a shopping cart, reached into his mother's handbag, found the loaded gun and shot her. She died at the scene.

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Kazakhstan Accepts 5 Long-Held Detainees From Guantanamo

Tue, 2014-12-30 20:28

The release of two men from Tunisia and three from Yemen brings the prison population at Guantanamo to 127, according to a Pentagon statement on Tuesday.

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Beyond Free Lunch: Schools Open Food Pantries For Hungry Families

Tue, 2014-12-30 12:42

Over 8 million American children don't get enough to eat. In Sacramento, one school is helping families cope with hunger by sending students home for the weekend with a backpack of groceries.

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Comcast-Time Warner Deal Tops A Year Of Corporate Mergers

Tue, 2014-12-30 12:20

This was a big year for corporate mergers, with $3 trillion worth of deals announced worldwide. Analysts say the strong acquisitive trend is expected to continue into next year.

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Common Core Repeal, The Day After

Tue, 2014-12-30 12:20

The Common Core had a rough year. The learning standards were repealed in three states, including Oklahoma. But what happens the day after a state repeals its academic standards?

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Hangover Helper: Tips To Prevent A Horrible Headache

Tue, 2014-12-30 12:01

Champagne and other booze flow freely New Year's Eve. But if you want to wake to a new year without the side effects of alcohol, don't fret: Science offers some guidance.

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U.N. To Vote On Palestinian Resolution To End Israeli Occupation

Tue, 2014-12-30 11:51

But the proposal faces strong opposition — and a veto — from the U.S. in the Security Council. The Palestinian plan calls for, among other things, an end to the Israeli occupation by late 2017.

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Tribute: The Man Who Linked Climate Change To Global Health

Tue, 2014-12-30 11:06

Dr. Tony McMichael was a lonely crusader. He wanted governments to pay attention to ways that earth's changing climate will affect the health of all — with the poor likely to suffer the most.

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Ex-Korean Air Executive Arrested Over 'Nut Rage' Incident

Tue, 2014-12-30 09:56

Cho Hyun-ah's conduct aboard an aircraft over a packet of improperly served macadamia nuts led to her resignation. She was arrested today for violating South Korea's aviation safety laws.

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Former President George H.W. Bush Is Released From Hospital

Tue, 2014-12-30 08:55

Bush was taken to a hospital in Houston a week ago after he experienced shortness of breath. He is now resting at home.

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