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Designing State Symbols For The World's Newest Country

Sat, 2014-12-20 03:33

From flags to currency, a new country needs new symbols. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Anne Quito, who travelled to the world's newest country, South Sudan, to observe as they designed theirs.

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Excavation Reveals Regular Citizens Who Really Ran Ancient Egypt

Sat, 2014-12-20 03:33

A team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University has uncovered an Egyptian cemetery that may have upwards of 1 million graves. NPR's Scott Simon explains they were commoners — not pharaohs.

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Obama Wraps Up A 'Breakthrough' 2014

Sat, 2014-12-20 03:33

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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Suddenly, Russia Is Confident No Longer

Sat, 2014-12-20 03:33

With the ruble flagging and the price of oil still on the way down, the Russian economy is in trouble. Former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul tells NPR's Scott Simon what that means for Russia.

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The Africa I Know Isn't The Africa In The Headlines Today

Sat, 2014-12-20 03:03

In 1990, our commentator visited Africa and fell in love with the energy and dreams of its people. Today he sees a land full of promise. But Ebola has revived the image of Africa in chaos.

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

Sat, 2014-12-20 01:16

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

Fri, 2014-12-19 15:50

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

Fri, 2014-12-19 14:33

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

Fri, 2014-12-19 14:03

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

Fri, 2014-12-19 13:58

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.

Fri, 2014-12-19 13:20

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

Fri, 2014-12-19 13:04

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

Fri, 2014-12-19 12:50

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

Fri, 2014-12-19 12:12

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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St. Louis Grand Jury Heard Witnesses Who Lied, Prosecutor Says

Fri, 2014-12-19 11:53

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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Apple Responds To BBC On Conditions At Asian iPhone Suppliers

Fri, 2014-12-19 11:23

Jeff Williams, the tech giant's vice president for operations, told British-based employees that Apple has done more than any other company to ensure fair and safe working conditions.

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Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty To DUI

Fri, 2014-12-19 11:02

The Olympic gold medal winner gets no jail time for second conviction for drunk driving. He'll be able to train for Rio with his 18-month supervised probation.

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Pride And Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Can Taste Of Both

Fri, 2014-12-19 10:30

Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That's a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.

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Instagram Is Now Valued At $35 Billion By Citigroup Analyst

Fri, 2014-12-19 10:22

Less than three years ago, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. The photo-sharing service recently said it has more than 300 million users.

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At Last, I Meet My Microbes

Fri, 2014-12-19 10:00

At 31, a woman had the bacteria in her gut catalogued as part of scientific project that aims to characterize the creatures that live inside us and affect our health. Here's what she found out.

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