11:11am

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

1 Dead In Protest At Chinese-Backed Copper Mine Project In Myanmar

Farmers confront riot police at the site of the Letpadaung copper mine in northwestern Myanmar on Monday. A woman was fatally shot during a crackdown on protesters at the Chinese-backed copper mine.
AP

A crackdown on protesters at a Chinese-backed copper mine project in Myanmar has left at least one person dead, the company that runs the project said today in a statement.

The statement from Myanmar Wanbao said the company had "just been informed of the death of a female resident from Moe Kyo Pyin village," adding: "The events leading up to her death are still unclear." [Some news sources call the village Mogyopyin.]

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11:09am

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Milwaukee Prosecutor Won't Seek Charges In Police Shooting

A Milwaukee prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a police officer who shot and killed Donte Hamilton in April. Here, Maria Hamilton holds posters used in rallies that vent frustrations about the death of her son.
M.L. Johnson AP

Eight months after a police officer shot and killed a black man whom he had been trying to search as the man slept, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm says the officer acted in self-defense.

The incident occurred in a Milwaukee park at around 4 in the afternoon. Officer Christopher Manney, who is white, was trying to frisk a sleeping Dontre Hamilton. Manney fired his gun 14 times after Dontre Hamilton woke up and grabbed the officer's baton, striking him with it.

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10:26am

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican's Bureaucrats

Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting with cardinals and bishops of the Curia at the Vatican on Monday. The pope said the Curia suffered from "spiritual Alzheimer's" and careerism.
Andreas Solaro AP

Pope Francis has blasted the Vatican's top bureaucrats at an annual Christmas gathering, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who make up the Curia of "spiritual Alzheimer's" and and lusting for power at all costs.

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9:28am

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Tunisian Election Puts Former Regime Figure In Presidency

A supporter of newly elected Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essibsi flashes the V-sign from a car as they celebrate the first results of the Tunisian elections in Sousse, Tunisia.
STR EPA /LANDOV

A tense runoff election in Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring in 2011, has ended with a win for Beji Caid Essebsi, a veteran of the country's autocratic regimes. Essebsi defeated interim leader Moncef Marzouki.

Affiliated with the secular-leaning Nidaa Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party, Essebsi won Tunisia's first democratic presidential election by taking more than 55 percent of the vote. Election officials announced the results Monday.

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9:17am

Mon December 22, 2014
Top Stories

Suggestions for reducing holiday stress

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  While the holidays are a happy time for many, the stress associated with family gatherings can be the "lump of coal" in some people's Christmas stockings.

Clinical social worker and psychotherapist Lisa Ferentz says sometimes the best thing to do is simply not attend family get-togethers.

If that isn’t possible, Ferentz has some alternate suggestions: limit time you spend with family, bring a friend to act as a buffer, and use your cell phone as an excuse for a break.

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8:51am

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

NYC Police Deaths: Details On Suspect; Rift Between Mayor And Police

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 11:39 am

People sing as they take part in a prayer vigil at the site where two police officers were shot to death in the Brooklyn borough of New York this weekend.
Carlow Allegri Reuters /Landov

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says tensions in the city are at their worst since the 1970s. Bratton spoke two days after Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and killed two police officers in New York. Brinsley had been arrested at least 19 times and reportedly had tried to hang himself last year.

The tragic shooting has also exposed fault lines in the relationship between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city's police department.

Here's a rundown of news we're seeing about this story, beginning with NPR's report from WNYC's Brigid Bergin:

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8:46am

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Spain's Princess Cristina To Stand Trial On Tax Fraud Charges

Princess Cristina, seen here on April 5 in Barcelona, Spain, will face trial on tax fraud charges.
Manu Fernandez AP

Spain's Princess Cristina, sister of King Felipe VI, will stand trial on charges of tax fraud, becoming the country's first royal in modern times to face prosecution.

The allegations stem from Cristina de Borbon's alleged links to her husband's business affairs between 2007 and 2008.

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7:35am

Mon December 22, 2014
Business

The 5 Business Stories That Made 2014 A Memorable Year

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 7:47 am

James Franco (left) and Seth Rogen, stars of The Interview, arrive for the film's Los Angeles premiere on Dec. 11. The comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was pulled from theaters after a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the studio behind the film. The FBI said the attack was traced to the North Korean government.
Jim Ruymen UPI/Landov

As the year's end approaches, economists are looking back and assessing the news stories that shaped 2014.

Though their lists may vary, most analysts are pointing to five developments that had very big impacts on the U.S. economy. These were the biggies for 2014:

Oil Prices Plunge

No one saw this one coming. When 2014 began, a barrel of crude oil was selling for about $110. It hovered there until late spring, when the price ticked up to nearly $115.

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6:56am

Mon December 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Calling U.S. A 'Cesspool,' North Korea Warns Against Escalation

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 8:18 am

Workers remove a poster for The Interview from a billboard in Hollywood, Calif., after Sony canceled the movie's Christmas release due to a terrorist threat. The hacking of Sony's networks has sparked a war of words between the U.S. and North Korea.
ROBYN BECK AFP/Getty Images

"The "whole U.S. mainland" would be under threat of attack if America seeks vengeance for last month's Sony hacking, North Korea says. An official at its defense commission called the U.S. a "cesspool of terrorism" after President Obama called the hack "cyber-vandalism."

North Korea's National Defense Commission, which is headed by the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, said its military was ready to fight America "in all war spaces including cyber warfare space," issuing a wide threat that specified targets in the U.S.

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6:23am

Mon December 22, 2014
NPR Ed

An Update On LA's iPad Program

NPR Ed is updating some of the top stories we've been following in 2014.

The 650,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District expected to be tapping and scrolling on their very own iPads by now, halfway through the school year.

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