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11:55 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Haiti's Prime Minister To Step Down

Anti-government protesters carry the body of a demonstrator who was shot to death during clashes with the National Police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Saturday. Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe says he will step down in response to protesters' demands.
Dieu Nalio Chery AP

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:11 pm

Haiti's Prime Minster Laurent Lamothe has bowed to pressure from anti-government protesters pushing for long-delayed elections and calling for his ouster, saying he will step down.

"I am leaving the post of prime minister this evening with a feeling of accomplishment," Lamothe announced in Port-au-Prince, the capital of the impoverished Caribbean nation.

The prime minister said he leaves office after accomplishing the "remarkable work" of the government.

"We put this country on a dynamic of deep and real change for the benefit of the population," he said.

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The Two-Way
11:24 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Geminid Meteor Showers Light Up Both Hemispheres

The Geminid meteor shower above Skopje, Macedonia, on Saturday.
Robert AtanasovskiI AFP/Getty Images

The annual Geminid meteor shower dazzled Earthlings around the world late Saturday and early Sunday.

Pieces of gravel and dust from a "rock comet" called 3200 Phaethon shot across the sky and lit up discussion boards from NASA.gov to Twitter β€” for those who could tear their eyes away long enough to type.

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The Two-Way
10:36 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Prosecutor Releases More Documents Related To Ferguson Shooting

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, on Nov. 24.
Cristina Fletes-Boutte AP

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:13 pm

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch made public nearly two dozen additional documents related to the investigation of police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot an unarmed black man last summer.

It was the second time in a week he had released more documents related to the Nov. 24 grand jury decision not to indict Wilson for the fatal August shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

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All Tech Considered
9:57 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Gaza Tech Hub Finds Success In International Crowdfunding

Gaza Sky Geeks, a startup accelerator, is drawing interest and crowdfunding from around the region and the world.
Gaza Sky Geeks

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 4:23 pm

People in Gaza are getting impatient with the slow pace of rebuilding. International donors pledged $5.4 billion to help, but little of the money has made it to Gaza yet.

A Gaza tech startup accelerator has gone a different route β€” international crowdfunding.

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Japan's Ruling Party Poised For Landslide In Snap Elections

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, smiles as he places a red rosette on the name of his Liberal Democratic Party's winning candidate during ballot counting.
Shizuo Kambayashi AP

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:19 pm

Exit polls show the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is heading for a landslide victory in elections for the lower house.

The LDP and its junior coalition partner, the Buddhist-backed Komeito party, were projected to secure 300 of the 475-seat House of Representatives in an election billed as a touchstone for Abe's rule, according to Kyodo news service.

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The Two-Way
8:16 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Nations Salvage Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal (center), Peru's environment minister, applauds on Saturday after delegates to the Lima climate conference agreed on a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Kyodo /Landov

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:07 pm

Updated at 11:00 a.m. ET

Representatives from around the world have reached the first-ever deal committing all nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but rejected a rigorous overview to monitor compliance.

The United Nations agreement was salvaged from talks that went into overtime and wrapped up 30 hours behind schedule, as negotiators from 196 countries struggled with determining who needed to cut and by how much.

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Goats and Soda
7:55 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Gritty Ganta: The Liberian Town That Can't Catch A Break

The Liberia-Guinea border has been closed since the early days of the Ebola outbreak. The Liberian city of Ganta β€” about a mile from the border β€” has historically been a hub of commerce, and was hit hard by the closure.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 11:16 am

Ganta is the Liberian city that never sleeps. That's what local businessman Prince Haward says of the town of 40,000, one of the country's largest cities and a crossroads for travelers in the southeastern region: "Ganta is a nonsleeping city ... a business-oriented city."

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National Security
7:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Two Views Of The CIA's 'Enhanced' Interrogations

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 6:06 pm

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Race
7:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Protesters Of Police Violence Divided By Generation

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 9:44 pm

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Digital Life
7:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Uber's Traffic Jammed In Netherlands, India And Spain

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

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7:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Tenant Blacklist Can Haunt New York Renters For Years

Robert Guzman found out about New York's 'tenant blacklist' after he was rejected multiple times by landlords, despite a strong credit score.
Mirela Iverac WNYC

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

Back in 2009, Robert Guzman lived in the Bronx with his wife and young son. He had a good job in advertising and paid his rent on time β€” until he made a discovery.

"There were rats coming up from the basement β€” I lived on the first floor," he says. "They were like, giant rats."

Guzman repeatedly asked the building management to address the problem, but that didn't work. So he decided to withhold his rent. He wasn't "just being a deadbeat renter," Guzman says. "I'm withholding the rent for a reason."

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Politics
7:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

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Race
7:47 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Thousands March Across U.S. Protesting Police Brutality

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

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In cities across the country yesterday, tens of thousands of people gathered to draw attention to several high profile deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. People marched in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, D.C.

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Goats and Soda
5:39 am
Sun December 14, 2014

How Can You Tell If Your Goat Is Happy? Now We Know!

A goat peeks its head through a wall in Dakar, Senegal.
Claire Harbage for NPR

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 2:28 pm

Goats are having a moment, and we're not just saying that because our blog is called Goats and Soda.

There are nearly 900 million goats in the world today, up from 600 million in 1990. The reason for this goat spurt is the growing popularity of goat cheese, goat milk and goat meat.

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Around the Nation
7:04 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

In Wisconsin, A Decade-Old Police Shooting Leads To New Law

Michael Bell Sr. (center) and his family stand near one of the billboards they bought in a campaign to bring awareness to internal police investigations. Bell's son was shot and killed by police in Kenosha, Wis.
Courtesy of the Bell family

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 1:27 pm

Race is at the forefront of the current debate over the police use of deadly force. But one shooting in Wisconsin highlights another factor at play when police shoot civilians β€” the lack of outside investigation. And the decade-old death has led to real reform in the state.

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Around the Nation
5:18 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Thousands March In Washington For 'Justice For All' Rally

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 6:40 pm

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Around the Nation
5:18 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Rikers Island Corrections Officer Stands Trial For Inmate's Death

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 6:40 pm

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Author Interviews
5:18 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

How 'Putin's Kleptocracy' Made His Friends Rich

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 6:40 pm

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Europe
5:18 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Haunting Sounds At Night, Kids' Puppet Show Clock By Day

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 6:40 pm

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Our own Russian correspondent, Corey Flintoff, spends much of his time reporting on the activities of Vladimir Putin in Russia. But sometimes it's what's outside his own window in Moscow that captivates him.

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The Two-Way
4:38 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Mali: 4 Al-Qaida Linked Militants Swapped For French Hostage

France's Serge Lazarevic (left) hugs French President Francois Hollande after arriving in France on Wednesday following his release.
Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:35 pm

Mali says it freed four militants with links to al-Qaida in exchange for securing the release earlier this week of French hostage Serge Lazarevic.

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Code Switch
4:18 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Black Fraternities And Sororities Split On Protest Policy

The home page of the Dallas Morning News on Dec. 6, 2014 showed a protester wearing a Delta Sigma Theta shirt. Soon after, some black sororities banned members from wearing their logos at protests.
PastPages.org

Thousands of Americans gathered in Washington, D.C. Saturday for the 'Justice for All' rally. The demonstration was to protest the police shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, as well as decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner on Staten Island, N.Y.

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Goats and Soda
3:43 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

A Reason To Respect The Miss World Pageant

Miss Philippines, Megan Young, sends a kiss to the audience after winning the Miss World title in last year's competition. She's helped raise money for typhoon victims in her homeland.
Romeo Gacad AFP/Getty Images

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The Two-Way
2:14 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Friday, as the Senate considers a spending bill.
Lauren Victoria Burke AP

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 2:28 pm

Updated at 10:05 p.m. ET

The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending package Saturday night on a 56-40 bipartisan vote, after overruling an objection from Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Earlier Saturday, the Senate had voted on a short-term continuing resolution that extended their deadline to pass the spending bill. But in the evening, Senate leadership came to an agreement and the legislative body voted to move the bill forward sooner than anticipated, ending debate and allowing a vote Saturday night.

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Fresh Air Weekend
12:08 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Fresh Air Weekend: Chris Rock, Nunberg's Word Of The Year, Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson has published 30 books, and won three Newbery honors and a Coretta Scott King Book Award for her young adult book Miracle's Boys.
Marty Umans Courtesy of Penguin Group USA

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Chris Rock On Finding The Line Between Funny And 'Too Far': "No comedian wants to have to analyze and defend" jokes, says Rock, who wrote, directed and stars in the new film Top Five. He adds: "I'm not a politician; I'm not a thinker. I'm a comedian."

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The Two-Way
12:06 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Dispatches From D.C.'s 'March For Justice'

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:32 pm

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Politics
10:55 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

The spending bill in Congress is not just about money. Tucked inside the bill are provisions to change regulations affecting everything from banking to the environment. One regulatory rollback has those concerned about truck safety especially upset.

The regulation is part of a series of rules that spell out the number of hours that long-haul truck drivers, the ones behind the wheel of the big rigs on the interstates, can be on the road.

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Protesters Rally In 'Justice For All' Marches In 3 Cities

Melissa W. Green, right, and her daughter Reshae Green holds up their signs at Freedom Plaza during the "Justice for All" march and rally on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Saturday.
Jose Luis Magana AP

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 2:17 pm

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET

Thousands of demonstrators gathered today for a "Justice for All" march in the nation's capital to protest decisions in Missouri and New York not to indict police officers involved in the deaths of two black men.

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Race
9:53 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Forced To Seat Blacks, Ala. Restaurant Complied With History

Ollies Barbecue was a Birmingham, Ala., landmark where where white plumbers and electricians sat next to white doctors and bank presidents,Β” but in 1964, blacks weren't allowed to eat there.
Courtesy Ollie McClung Jr.

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

At Lena's, a diner in Birmingham, Ala., the cashier hands a customer a plastic bag with food which he carries out of the restaurant. There's nothing noteworthy about it now, but that action β€” taking out the meal β€” is a faint echo of the Jim Crow South.

Fifty years ago Sunday, the Supreme Court effectively ended segregation in restaurants. Before that ruling, restaurants were segregated, but some white establishments would serve black customers take-out.

Washington Booker, eating breakfast at Lena's, remembers the routine.

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The Two-Way
9:33 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Thailand's Crown Prince Divorces Amid Reports Of Palace Intrigue

Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (seated, left) and Royal Consort Princess Srirasmi, seen during a royal ceremony last year, are now officially divorced, the palace has announced.
Chaiwat Subprasom Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:24 pm

Thailand's crown prince and the woman who would have been on the throne next to him are now officially divorced, the palace announced today in a move that many observers see as a precursor to a possible succession struggle.

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Arts & Life
9:18 am
Sat December 13, 2014

It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season β€” Share Your Best (Bad) Attire

So bad it's ... good? Consumer appetite for ugly Christmas sweaters β€” the tackier, the better β€” has had an impact on how retailers stock for the season.
TheUglySweaterShop.com Flickr

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 9:56 pm

Looking for a stylish sweater for the holidays? Forget cashmere. Instead, go for the light-up, dancing Santa.

This season, holiday shoppers are demanding the ugliest, gaudiest, tackiest sweaters out there. They need them for ugly sweater parties, ugly sweater fun runs β€” even an ugly sweater party cruise.

All that demand has had an impact on stores large and small. On the national level, Wal-Mart, Kohl's and Target all sell vintage-looking sweaters with all the bells and tinsel you could want.

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