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No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:43:01 -0500
Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain. 
Aftereffects Of W.V. Chemical Spill Still Felt Months Later  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:32:15 -0500
Looking back at the year's top stories — in January, a chemical spill disrupted life in West Virginia. Melissa Block speaks with Ken Ward, Jr. of the Charleston Gazette. 
What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:06:00 -0500
The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon. 
In List Of Changes For Secret Service, A New Fence Comes First  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:56:00 -0500
In independent review panel calls for changes ranging from a better fence at the White House to a new approach to training and leadership within the Secret Service. 
U.S. Announces Protections For Transgender Workers  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:55:00 -0500
The Justice Department's move is a reversal from how the Bush administration interpreted Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 
Justice Department Sues Over Conditions At Rikers Island Jail  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:50:09 -0500
The Department of Justice is following through on its threat to sue the New York City over conditions at the notorious Rikers Island jail. The lawsuit announced today comes months after a scathing DOJ report that found a "culture of violence" against adolescent inmates at Rikers. 
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Makes Court Appearance In Pretrial Hearing  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:50:00 -0500
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in court on Thursday, marking his first time before the public in 17 months. The pretrial hearing comes ahead of a Jan. 5 trial. 
New Popularity Of L.L. Bean Boots Sparks Scramble To Fill Orders  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:50:00 -0500
L.L. Bean's iconic rubber and leather boots have swung back into fashion with young people and are more popular than ever. The backlog stands at nearly 100,000 pairs; it will take months to catch up. 
Most Pages In New U.S.-Cuba Chapter Still Have To Be Written  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:43:01 -0500
President Obama is re-opening diplomatic ties to Cuba, and easing restrictions on travel and commerce. A day after that historic announcement, we look at what it actually means for would be travelers and exporters. 
Administration Won't Rule Out Raul Castro Visit To White House  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:24:00 -0500
The remarks come a day after President Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba would begin talks to normalize relations and open embassies following more than five decades of hostility. 
Immigration Driving Broad Demographic Shifts In U.S., Report Says  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:10:00 -0500
An analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts shows that immigrants are increasingly moving from "gateways" such as New York and Texas into states in Middle America. 
In Latin America, Not Everyone Is Thrilled With The U.S.-Cuba Thaw  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:05:00 -0500
Cuba and Venezuela are close allies who often seemed to speak with a single voice when it came to bashing the U.S. But now they may be out of synch. 
5 Defining Moments In The U.S.-Cuba Relationship  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:54:00 -0500
President Obama says the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations, which were severed in 1961. Here are images that highlight the decades of tense relations. 
Death Comes In Many Different Ways. And Some Are A Bit Surprising  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:50:00 -0500
A new report looks at the top causes of death in 188 countries. Infectious diseases are less of a threat than in 1990 but please, look both ways before you cross the street. 
California Whooping Cough Infections Run High Among Latino Babies  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:49:00 -0500
Public health officials in California are trying to understand why Latino babies are contracting whooping cough at much higher rates than other babies. 
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National News From NPR
No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:43:01 -0500
Aftereffects Of W.V. Chemical Spill Still Felt Months Later  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:32:15 -0500
What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:06:00 -0500
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Sony hack is 'US security issue'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:48:12 GMT
Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:32:37 GMT
US Congress threat to Cuba thaw  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:55:31 GMT
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