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Cows Remain At Large After Breakout At Idaho Meat Plant

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 4:23pm

Cows were running free in Pocatello, Idaho, Tuesday, following in the hooves of a feisty heifer that escaped from a meat packing plant Friday.

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Bill Cosby Won't Be Charged Over 1974 Molestation Claim

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 3:23pm

Citing the statute of limitations, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says it won't pursue child sexual abuse charges against the comedian, a subject of numerous allegations.

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On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 2:35pm

The pipeline's fate looms large in Washington. But for people living in Keystone XL's proposed path, the project will alter livelihoods and legacies — for better or worse, depending on whom you ask.

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The 12 Days Of Quirky Christmas Foods Around The Globe

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 2:17pm

We're kicking off a 12-part series exploring the rich diversity of Christmastime edibles around the world. We've zeroed in on meals that reveal as much about a country's history as its gastronomy.

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Japan's Beloved Christmas Cake Isn't About Christmas At All

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 2:17pm

The Japanese Christmas cake takes its name from the Christian holiday, but it actually symbolizes building a life of prosperity from nothing. And it's ubiquitous (it's even in your smartphone).

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Theater Cancels New York Premiere of 'The Interview'

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 2:05pm

Sony is withdrawing James Franco and Seth Rogen from upcoming promotional appearances for The Interview and will let theaters cancel showings of the film, following threats of attacks.

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In California, Fire Plus Drought Plus Rain Add Up To Mud

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 1:48pm

Heavy rains are hitting drought-stricken California. But instead of sinking into the earth, the water is rushing away in areas burned by wildfire, raising the danger of mudslides.

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India's New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 1:33pm

Her name is Priya and she is the star of a new graphic novel in India. After she is gang-raped, her family and neighbors shun her — but then a Hindu goddess grants her special powers.

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Google News Is Taken Offline In Spain, After A Call For Payments

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 1:31pm

In Spain, Google and other news aggregators would face steep fines if they publish headlines and abstracts without paying.

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Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 1:19pm

What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.

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Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

NPR Books - December 16, 2014 - 1:19pm

What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.

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When You Burn Off That Fat, Where Does It Go?

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 12:58pm

Lipid metabolism may not sound sexy, but it's how you fit into that smaller pair of jeans. And when the fat says farewell, it has to go somewhere. Only some of it winds up in New Jersey.

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Skating Out Classroom Stress As A 'Derby Dame'

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 12:46pm

English teacher and roller derby queen Elle L. Cool Jam, aka Nina Park, plays offense and defense on the track and in her classroom.

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Brothers On C-SPAN Divided By Politics, United In Mortification By Mom's Call

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 12:19pm

Brad Woodhouse is a Democrat. His brother, Dallas Woodhouse, is Republican. They were arguing on C-SPAN when their mother called in. Watch their exchange.

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Suspect In Shooting Spree Near Philadelphia Has Been Found Dead

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 11:57am

Police have found the body of Bradley Stone, who they say went on a shooting rampage that killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives in Montgomery County, Pa., Monday.

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A Game Of Ludo Helps Liberians Catch A Break From Ebola

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 11:52am

The fast-paced board game — it's a lot like Parcheesi — offers a way to escape the stress of life in the Ebola zone.

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Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else

NPR Books - December 16, 2014 - 11:04am

The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.

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'Torture Report': A Closer Look At When And What President Bush Knew

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 10:58am

A Senate investigation says President George W. Bush was not briefed on the specifics of how the CIA interrogated terrorism suspects until four years into the program. Bush denies that.

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Amid Strains, Syrian Refugees Are Facing Curfews In Lebanon

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 10:47am

The fragile country now hosts some 1 million Syrian refugees. Some towns have set up civilian volunteers to enforce curfews on the refugees, leading to rising tensions and some cases of abuse.

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Apple Wins $1B iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 10:40am

A California jury has found that Apple's iTunes 7.0 did not violate antitrust laws when it restricted files bought on other music services.

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