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What You Need To Know About Subprime Lending For Smartphones  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:50:00 -0500
A new startup focuses on offering loans for the purchase of top-of-the-line smartphones. But what seem like deals come with hefty markups. 
Services Offer A Means To Foil Widespread 'Elder Fraud'  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:31:00 -0500
The holidays are a time for giving — and for scams that prey on altruism, particularly among older adults. But several products on the market are designed to help fight fraud that targets seniors. 
Widespread Internet Outage Reported In North Korea  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:19:00 -0500
It comes days after President Obama pledged a "proportional response" to the communist country's alleged hacking of Sony Pictures. It's unclear what caused the outage. 
A Very Code Switch Christmas TV Special  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:58:00 -0500
It's that time around Christmas, when all we can see are a handful of stories on our TV screens. Frosty, and Charlie, and Ralphie, and Kevin, but there's not too much brown in this mostly white canon. 
Jailed Cuban Spy's Wife Is Pregnant — With A Little Help From The U.S.  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:23:00 -0500
The U.S. helped Gerardo Hernandez and his wife conceive through artificial insemination while he was in prison for spying. Hernandez was released last week as part of a prisoner swap. 
Was Sony Pictures Hack 'Cyber Vandalism' Or Something More?  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:22:36 -0500
President Obama to called the Sony Pictures hack as an act of "cyber vandalism." Robert Siegel talks to Alan Friedman, co-author of the book, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, about that decision. 
Mayor De Blasio Takes Heat As City Mourns Slain Police Officers  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:22:00 -0500
On Monday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke to an audience of police officers for the first time since the head of the city's largest police union said de Blasio had "blood on his hands" for the recent killing of two police officers. 
Groups Warn Of Dangers With Funding Of Universities By Koch Brothers  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:22:00 -0500
In addition to famously subsidizing political campaigns, the Koch brothers also pour millions a year into think tanks and universities. Some warn that the funding can come with conditions that threaten academic freedom. 
Obama Considers Listing North Korea A 'Sponsor Of Terrorism' After Sony Hack  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:22:00 -0500
The Obama administration is weighing options for a response to North Korea's alleged cyber attack on Sony Pictures. The move comes after the FBI said it had evidence the Pyongyang government was involved. 
'Dreamer' Immigrants Apply For Arizona Driver's Licenses  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:16:00 -0500
More than 22,000 young immigrants are now eligible to apply for a license in Arizona, something they were blocked from doing in 2012, thanks to an executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer. 
'Rolling Stone' Asks Columbia J-School To Investigate Flawed Rape Story  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:34:00 -0500
The magazine's story centered on a University of Virginia student who said she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012. Several discrepancies were found in the story. 
When Humans Quit Hunting And Gathering, Their Bones Got Wimpy  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:03:00 -0500
Humans have lighter bones than other primates, and that change happened a lot later than anthropologists had thought. Blame our sedentary ways after our ancestors took up farming. 
Army General To Determine Fate of Bowe Bergdahl  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:47:00 -0500
The Pentagon said action against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could range from no further action to convening a court martial. The Taliban held Bergdahl for five years until his release in a prisoner exchange. 
PHOTO: The Milky Way Over Steens Mountain Wilderness In Oregon  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:21:00 -0500
The U.S. Department of Interior tweeted the image this morning. 
Milwaukee Prosecutor Won't Seek Charges In Police Shooting  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:11:00 -0500
Officer Christopher Manney was attempting to frisk Dontre Hamilton when he woke up and grabbed the officer's baton. Manney shot Hamilton 14 times.