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Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:07

Serial, the hugely popular (and sometimes controversial) podcast spun off from This American Life, wraps up its first season today. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Serial creator Sarah Koenig.

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:55

The Justice Department's move is a reversal from how the Bush administration interpreted Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

A surge in popularity of L.L. Bean boots has the Maine company scrambling to fill orders.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:53

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.

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:24

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.

Navy Petty Officer Jimmy Dial, left, sits with his daughter Kimberly beside U.S. Army soldier Henri Blandon and his daughter as the men's wives and the girls' mothers become U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony last month in Ontario, Calif.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:10

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.

Cuba's President Fidel Castro, left, and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in Barinas, Venezuela, in 2000. The two formed a close partnership, which has continued with their successors. However, the prospect of normal ties between the U.S.-Cuba may also have an impact on relations between Cuba and Venezuela.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:05

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.

The "Rusty Radiator" award for most offensive or stereotypical portrayal of the developing world in a fund-raising video went to Feed A Child South Africa.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:56

If you're a charity that wants to help the developing world, you really, really, really don't want to win a "Rusty Radiator."

Obama shakes hands with Castro during a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Soweto, South Africa, on Dec. 10, 2013. Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro says his brother introduced himself to Obama in English, telling him, "Mr. President, I'm Castro," as the two leaders shook hands.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:54

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.

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:02

The White House won't confirm North Korea is behind the attack, citing an ongoing investigation. Nevertheless, it is mulling over its options.

A transmission electron micrograph shows Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus particles (colorized yellow).
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:22

The National Institutes of Health has approved requests for waivers from a moratorium on experiments that aim to make the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome more infectious in mice.

American actor Groucho Marx, with his trademark mustache, glasses and cigar. We can't be sure that this cigar was Cuban.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:09

If you plan on traveling to Cuba, you'll be able to bring back $100 worth of the country's famed cigars. But that's not a lot — because they're actually kind of expensive.

Tourtiere is a savory, spiced meat pie, which both French- and English-speaking Canadians love to serve around the holidays.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:16

On Christmas Eve, many French-Canadians will gather after midnight Mass for reveillon, a lavish dinner party that lasts into the wee hours. The traditional centerpiece is a savory, spiced meat pie.

Members of the Abuja "Bring Back Our Girls" protest group sit during a march in continuation of the Global October movement. Once again, Boko Haram militants are implicated in killings and mass kidnapping in northeastern Nigeria.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:15

The latest killing and kidnapping occurred just 20 miles from where the Islamist extremist group kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April.

Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, seen here on June 28, 2008, was granted bail today by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan. India says he is one of the masterminds of the 2008 attack on Mumbai that killed more than 160 people.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:58

Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi is one of seven men charged with planning and helping to carry out the 2008 attack that killed more than 160 people. Federal prosecutors had opposed the bail plea.

Nurse Julietta Losoyo gives Derek Lucero a whooping cough vaccination at the San Diego Public Health Center on Dec. 10.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:22

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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