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Fri, 01/09/2015 - 17:04

The Senate is set to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline although President Obama has vowed to veto it. What does Nebraska's Supreme Court ruling allowing the pipeline to proceed mean for those involved?

Archbishop Oscar Romero offers the host wafer during Mass in San Salvador in January 1980, four months before he was assassinated.
Fri, 01/09/2015 - 16:35

Oscar Romero was gunned down in 1980 after he denounced a crackdown by El Salvador's junta on its left-wing opponents at the start of a 13-year civil war.

On December 30th, Cuban performance artist and activist Tania Bruguera was arrested when she and 50 other dissidents tried to set up an open mic session at Revolution Square.
Fri, 01/09/2015 - 16:30

Activists are concerned over the future of prisoners reportedly let to by the government. Rights groups say officials attached conditions to the dissidents' freedom.

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 16:11

Robert Siegel talks to Paris-based terrorism and security expert Jean-Charles Brisard about the terrorist cell in France known as the Buttes-Chaumont network.

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 16:08

Massachusetts is one of a growing number of states that are putting new restrictions on the practice of restraining and secluding public school students.

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks during an NYPD swearing-in ceremony in New York on Jan. 7. He confirmed to NPR today that there had been a work slowdown by officers  in the weeks since two police officers were shot dead. He said the matter was being corrected.
Fri, 01/09/2015 - 16:04

But William Bratton tells NPR the issue was being corrected. The death of Eric Garner in police custody and the subsequent slaying of two New York City police officers has created a tense atmosphere.

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:36

House Republicans voted this week to change the way Congress measures the effects of tax and spending bills.

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:36

The U.S. House passed legislation to approve the pipeline on Friday and the Senate is expected to take up the issue in coming weeks. President Obama has threatened a veto. In the meantime, a legal challenge over the route the pipeline would take through Nebraska has been resolved — for now.

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:36

A Paris neighborhood found itself at the center of a violent stand-off on Friday, with shoppers taken hostage at a local supermarket

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:36

Former CIA employee Jeffrey Sterling goes to trial next week on charges he violated his oath and leaked confidential information to reporter James Risen. But Sterling's legal plight is largely overshadowed by Risen's First Amendment arguments and media backlash to the Justice Department decision to subpoena him.

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:36

The U.S. Olympic Committee surprised everyone by tabbing Boston as its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Robert Siegel talks with expert on all things Olympics, David Wallechinsky for some answers.

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:36

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the new Congress, Keystone XL Pipeline votes and terror in Paris.

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:36

The Coast Guard has seen a spike in the number of Cubans trying to sail to Florida. The cause, it says, is a false rumor that the U.S. will soon change its policy toward Cubans who reach U.S. shores.

Martin Pistorius sometime between 1990 and 1994, when he was unable to communicate.
Fri, 01/09/2015 - 14:46

Martin Pistorius spent more than a decade unable to move or communicate, fearing he would be alone, trapped, forever. NPR's new show Invisibilia tells how his mind helped him create a new life.

One reason why cooking at home might be linked to poor health? Researchers say it could be because there's are too many unhealthy baked goods coming out of the oven.
Fri, 01/09/2015 - 14:09

A recent study finds that middle-aged women who spent more time cooking were more likely to have metabolic syndrome. Researchers say the message should be "cook healthfully," not just "cook often."


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