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Fri December 19, 2014
Global Health

CDC Head: Key Interventions Have Slowed Ebola's Spread

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 5:58 pm

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Fri December 19, 2014
Latin America

Cubans Eager For More Economic Investment

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 5:58 pm

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Fri December 19, 2014
Parallels

With A Presidential Vote, Tunisia Seeks A Peaceful Transition

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 7:32 pm

A woman votes in the first round of the Tunisian presidential election on Nov. 23. The election went smoothly, but no candidate won 50 percent of a vote, forcing a runoff between the top two on Sunday.
Hassene Dridi AP

The main boulevard in Tunisia's capital, Tunis, is alive with political debate about the two candidates for president in this Sunday's election.

In one tent, campaign workers play music and hand out fliers for Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old candidate who held posts in the old regime and then served as an interim prime minister after the country's revolution in 2011.

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4:04pm

Fri December 19, 2014
NPR Ed

The Fate Of The Administration's College Ratings

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 1:21 am

Rating colleges isn't easy.
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Today, details of the Obama administration's plan known as the Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System, or PIRS, finally saw the light of day. The idea, in this incarnation, was just under three years old.

The president announced its conception during his State of the Union address in 2012.

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3:50pm

Fri December 19, 2014
The Two-Way

New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 4:50 pm

Smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont., in September. New EPA guidelines treat toxic coal ash from such plants much the same as common household garbage.
Matt Brown AP

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued new national standards designating coal ash – a nearly ubiquitous byproduct of coal-fired power plants that contains arsenic and lead – as non-hazardous waste.

NPR's Christopher Joyce reports that coal-fired power plants produce more than 130 million tons of the coal ash each year and they have long stored millions of tons of it in giant ponds.

But many of those ponds have failed in recent years, allowing contaminated water to get into rivers and streams, and ultimately into drinking water.

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2:53pm

Fri December 19, 2014
The Two-Way

St. Louis Grand Jury Heard Witnesses Who Lied, Prosecutor Says

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 3:40 pm

"I didn't want to fire things up," St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch says of his silence since announcing the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
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Some witnesses were clearly lying when they spoke to a grand jury about the August police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., according to St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch. In an interview about the case Friday, the prosecutor says he won't seek perjury charges.

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2:23pm

Fri December 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Apple Responds To BBC On Conditions At Asian iPhone Suppliers

People walk near several buildings of a Pegatron factory in Shanghai, China, in July 2013. Pegatron is a supplier for Apple products.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Jeff Williams, Apple's senior vice president for operations, has responded to a BBC report that workers at Asian suppliers for the iPhone 6 are mistreated and overworked, saying he's "deeply offended" by the accusations.

In an email to some 5,000 Apple staff in the United Kingdom, Williams hit back at the British broadcaster's Panorama program, which sent in undercover reporters to observe conditions at the Pegatron factory, near Shanghai, where iPhones are assembled.

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2:02pm

Fri December 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty To DUI

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was sentenced to 18 months' supervised probation today after pleading guilty to drunken driving.

He was arrested in September after leaving a casino in downtown Baltimore. Police documents show that he swerved over a yellow line while going 84 in 45-mph zone. Police say Phelps failed field sobriety tests and registered a 0.14 on a blood-alcohol test. In Maryland, the legal limit is 0.08.

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1:59pm

Fri December 19, 2014
A Blog Supreme

The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

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Fri December 19, 2014
Monkey See

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Top Five' And The Art Of The Mixtape

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 10:11 am

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This week's show brings our pal Audie Cornish into the studio for a conversation about Chris Rock's comedy Top Five. We get into the balance of industry satire and romance, the particular variety of raunchy comedy the film favors, and how his deft handling of the agony of junkets contrasts with the actually impressive round of interviews Rock has done surrounding the film.

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