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Gunman Made Anti-Police Posts Before Killing NYPD Officers

npr.org — The gunman who ambushed and killed two New York City police officers in their patrol car before committing suicide reportedly posted messages on social media suggesting the assault was revenge for deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of authorities.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @NPRinskeep: ID's of fallen cops, Rafael Ramos & Wenjian Liu, emphasize this is not a simple black-white issue. n.pr/1wZvlmt @…

Dec 21, 2014

RT @NPRinskeep: ID's of fallen cops, Rafael Ramos & Wenjian Liu, emphasize this is not a simple black-white issue. n.pr/1wZvlmt @…

Dec 21, 2014

RT @NPRinskeep: ID's of fallen cops, Rafael Ramos & Wenjian Liu, emphasize this is not a simple black-white issue. n.pr/1wZvlmt @…

Dec 21, 2014

ID's of fallen cops, Rafael Ramos & Wenjian Liu, emphasize this is not a simple black-white issue. n.pr/1wZvlmt @nprnews

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Naughty Or Nice?

apps.npr.org — This year, we've made you an audio Christmas card to share the real story on how those naughty-or-nice decisions go down at the North Pole.

For Norwegian-Americans, Christmas Cheer Is Wrapped Up In Lefse

npr.org — For many Norwegian-American families, the biggest Christmas treat isn't foil-wrapped chocolate or sugar-dusted cookies. It's lefse, a simple flatbread. Lefse are sort of like soft tortillas, made mostly out of mashed potatoes (with a little fat and flour mixed in to form a tender dough).
Dec 21, 2014

RT for @Erik_Larsen -- @nprnews For many Norwegian-American families, the biggest Christmas is lefse. n.pr/1Coj4tE

Dec 21, 2014

You Wouldn’t Believe How Quickly A Norwegian Lefse Story Turns Into A Jewish History Lesson #commentsection n.pr/1raFflT

GOP Sens. Rubio, Paul Square Off Over Cuba Policy Shift

npr.org — In what could prove a sneak peek at the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a strong critic of President Obama's decision to open relations with Cuba, appears to be stepping up an attack on fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul over his support of the policy shift.

2 Police Officers Shot In Ambush In New York City

npr.org — Two New York police officers were ambushed and fatally shot while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, reports The Associated Press; the suspected gunman has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Citing anonymous officials, the wire service reports both officers were pronounced dead at Woodhull hospital.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @nprnews: NYC police commissioner and mayor both emphasize: if you see or hear threats against police, report them. n.pr/1wa9Hs6

Dec 20, 2014

RT @nprnews: NYC police commissioner and mayor both emphasize: if you see or hear threats against police, report them. n.pr/1wa9Hs6

Before Google ... Who Knew?

npr.org — If Google can't answer your question these days, who you gonna call? A librarian, of course. Librarians continue to be cool. On a contemporary TNT series, The Librarians are super heroes. For the past couple of years, "librarian" has popped up on the Forbes list of Least Stressful Jobs.
Dec 21, 2014

Before Google ... Who Knew? the many (often zany) search queries lobbed at librarians in the pre-internet age. n.pr/1zEiffr

A London Tube Dream Ride, In The Driver's Cab

npr.org — NPR's Ari Shapiro has been reporting from London for the last year. As a Christmas gift, his producer arranged a special trip for him: to ride in the driver's cab on a London Underground train. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use.

A History Lesson On The Philippines, Stuffed In A Christmas Chicken

npr.org — This is part of a series of stories exploring the rich diversity of Christmastime edibles around the world, and the stories behind the food. Noche buena, the Christmas Eve feast in fervently Catholic Philippines, is deeply steeped in tradition. One of the mainstays of this decadent meal, usually eaten after midnight mass, is rellenong manok (rel-ye-nong ma-nok).
Dec 21, 2014

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Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait

npr.org — With President Obama beginning the process of normalizing relations with Cuba this week, many may envision soon soaking up the sun on a warm Cuban beach, sipping a refreshing rum drink. In reality, that's not likely to happen for quite a while.

For Those Suffering Chronic Pain, The Hardest Part Is Convincing Others

npr.org — Chronic pain affects tens of millions of Americans and for many of them, there is no cure. In this week's For The Record, we hear from three sufferers about what they've lost and what they've learned. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use.
Dec 21, 2014

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Staff Picks: An Evangelical Christian Who Believes In Climate Change

npr.org — Weekend Edition staff have been picking their favorite interviews from 2014. Editor Natalie Winston talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about an interview with an evangelical Christian climate scientist. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. Copyright © 2014 NPR.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @nataliewins1: My @NPRWeekend staff pick is our convo with @KHayhoe about spreading the word of climate change to fellow Christians. n.pr/1zQI0L3

Lucinda Williams

npr.org — She came to the Tiny Desk a little unsure, and left singing "West Memphis" with intensity and passion. Lucinda Williams has a voice like no other, and it shines in these intimate moments.
Dec 20, 2014

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NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

npr.org — This Christmas Eve people all over the world will log on to the official Santa Tracker to follow his progress through U.S. military radar. This all started in 1955, with a misprint in a Colorado Springs newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @nprnews: Santa Tracker came from a Cold War colonel with a big heart and a sense of humor. n.pr/13mIKum pic.twitter.com/UmOnWWkARz

Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

The story behind NORAD's santa tracker. This will get you in the holiday spirit !! fb.me/2Aiggxal0

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Duke The Halls: Bo And Luke Go Caroling

npr.org — John Schneider and Tom Wopat have been friends ever since they met in the late 1970s as costars on The Dukes of Hazzard. Now, the men who played mischievous cousins Bo and Luke Duke have reunited - but not for a new season of the show.
Dec 21, 2014

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Want To Enhance The Flavor Of Your Food? Put On The Right Music

npr.org — Here's an experiment: take a bite of whatever food you have nearby and listen to some music, something with high notes. Now, take another bite, but listen to something with low notes. Notice anything? Researchers at the University of Oxford have been looking for a link between sound and taste.
Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

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A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

npr.org — Shannon Johnson, a researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, found that when she talked to youngsters about sea snails, she communicated a little more effectively if she skipped the technical description and called them "punk-rock snails." "Their entire shells are covered in spikes," Johnson explains.
Dec 20, 2014

Joe Strummer cast a long shadow: a deep-water snail has been named for him. ow.ly/GdS9c via @npr

Dec 20, 2014

A Joe Strummer snail! Via @nprnews: A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker n.pr/1z5KvVv

Dec 20, 2014

RT @nprnews: "Mollusk calling!" Meet the snail named after Joe Strummer, the late frontman for the Clash. n.pr/1r9zm8p pic.twitter.com/DRHF4hFVhs

Dec 20, 2014

RT @nprnews: "Mollusk calling!" Meet the snail named after Joe Strummer, the late frontman for the Clash. n.pr/1r9zm8p pic.twitter.com/DRHF4hFVhs

Decorated Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward Dies At 95

npr.org — Lowell Steward, one of the famed World War II Tuskegee Airmen, has died at age 95 at a hospital in Ventura, Calif., his family says. Steward, a Los Angeles native who flew 143 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross among other awards, died on Wednesday.
Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

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CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options

npr.org — On a day when President Obama added his voice to criticisms over the decision to pull the satire The Interview, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton says the studio "did not capitulate" to hackers, and that its actions have been misunderstood.
Dec 19, 2014

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At One Retirement Home, Residents Run A TV Channel

npr.org — For many people, being retired means playing golf in Florida or baking in the sunshine in Palm Springs. But at one retirement community in Los Angeles, the most popular activity isn't shuffleboard. It's producing TV shows. The Wasserman Campus of the Motion Picture and Television Fund is a retirement home for people who worked in the entertainment industry.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @nprnews: At one retirement community, the most popular activity is producing TV shows. n.pr/13n7T8c pic.twitter.com/Mhbk8HvJ9z

Dec 20, 2014

Love this: At One Retirement Home, Residents Run A TV Channel n.pr/1zGc7Ds