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The research vessel Falkor in August 2013.
Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:02

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

Amy Adams stars as painter Margaret Keane in the new movie <em>Big Eyes</em>.
Fri, 12/19/2014 - 03:01

Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.

Main Hall on the campus of Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va.
Fri, 12/19/2014 - 02:59

The Education Department's unveiling today of a controversial ratings system has fueled a debate over what this kind of system can — or should — measure.

Nebraska and Oklahoma say Colorado's marijuana law is unconstitutional, in a challenge to the law in the Supreme Court. Earlier this month, visitors from Texas smell marijuana at the Breckenridge Cannabis Club.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 20:23

Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn't constitutional.

An artist's rendering shows the Kepler spacecraft in its new mission profile, called K2. The space telescope has found a new planet outside our solar system.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:05

The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.

An international police force (of puppets) won't be coming to a theater near you, as theaters have reportedly been told not to screen the film <em>Team America</em>, in response to the cancellation of <em>The Interview</em>.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 17:47

One day after some U.S. theaters vowed to screen Team America: World Police in the place of The Interview, whose release was canceled, word has emerged that Team America has also been pulled.

President Obama announces changes to U.S. policy on Cuba, including relaxing restrictions on U.S. banking in the country, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 17:32

President Obama eased restrictions on Cuba this week, including a relaxation of rules barring U.S. banks from doing business there. But banks are awaiting details and are likely to proceed cautiously.

Leslie Roeder of New York City cheers outside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office on Wednesday after the state announced a ban on hydraulic fracturing.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:43

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.

A review panel says changes are needed at the Secret Service — along with a better fence at the White House. Here, members of the Secret Service Uniformed Division stand in front of the White House.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:21

An 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.

Sugar, coffee, fruit juice for babies, oil and salt inside a market subsidized by the government in Havana on July 11, 2013.
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:09

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.

Adnan Syed
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.

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