3:46pm

Mon December 15, 2014
World

Sydney Siege Ends With Two Hostages And Gunman Dead

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 4:12 pm

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3:46pm

Mon December 15, 2014
Around the Nation

Nebraska Landowners Sit At The Heart Of Keystone Controversy

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 4:12 pm

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3:35pm

Mon December 15, 2014
Code Switch

150 Years Later, A Formal Apology For The Sand Creek Massacre

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 9:16 am

As part of their annual remembrance, descendants of massacre survivors erected teepees at the historic site over the weekend of Dec. 13. Some were for public visitors, while others were used in closed ceremonies.
Megan Verlee Colorado Public Radio

A stretch of dry, empty prairie where the Sand Creek Massacre took place in Colorado has hardly changed in a century and a half.

Back in December 1864, America was still months from the end of the Civil War. Gen. William Sherman was making his infamous march across Georgia. And from the Western Frontier, word of the shocking Sand Creek Massacre was starting to trickle out. A regiment of volunteer troops in Colorado had attacked a peaceful camp of Native Americans, slaughtering nearly 200 of them — mostly women and children.

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3:26pm

Mon December 15, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Hanukkah Miracle

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:51 pm

Not pictured: the treadmill Dan is standing on. Just 18 more miles and he'll have worked off half of this sandwich!
Dan Pashman

[Today's post comes to you from Dan Pashman, a friend of Sandwich Monday. You may know him from his spots on Weekend Edition; his WNYC podcast, The Sporkful; his book, Eat More Better; or the time he stole a piece of your sausage when you weren't looking.]

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3:20pm

Mon December 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Tennessee Governor Moves To Expand Medicaid Coverage

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 11:45 am

Gov. Bill Haslam announces his proposal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee at the state Capitol in Nashville Monday.
Erik Schelzig AP

Following the lead of other Republican governors, Tennessee's Gov. Bill Haslam is moving to expand Medicaid in his state, using federal funds from the Affordable Care Act. Haslam announced the plan Monday morning; it'll be debated by the legislature next month.

From Nashville, Bobby Allyn of member station WPLN reports:

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2:36pm

Mon December 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Search Is On For Gunman Who Left 6 Relatives Dead Near Philadelphia

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 10:54 pm

Police say Bradley William Stone, 35, killed six people in attacks at three locations early Monday.
Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

Police are looking for a man accused of killing six people in Montgomery County, Pa., Monday. Officials say the gunman is Bradley William Stone, 35, who also left one person seriously wounded.

Reports and details are still coming in about this developing situation; we'll update this post as news emerges. While we expecting an official news conference to begin soon, for now we're relying on local media reports and earlier news releases.

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2:16pm

Mon December 15, 2014
Law

Supreme Court Upholds North Carolina Traffic Stop

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 4:20 pm

In 2009, Nicholas Heien and a friend were traveling down a North Carolina highway when they were pulled over for having a broken tail light. A subsequent search of the car found a plastic bag containing cocaine.
iStockPhoto

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that police officers don't necessarily violate a person's constitutional rights when they stop a car based on a mistaken understanding of the law. The ruling prompted a lone dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who warned that the court's decision could exacerbate public suspicion of police in some communities.

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1:07pm

Mon December 15, 2014
Goats and Soda

A Copper Bedrail Could Cut Back On Infections For Hospital Patients

A copper bedrail can kill germs on contact.
Courtesy of CopperBioHealth

Checking into a hospital can boost your chances of infection. That's a disturbing paradox of modern medical care.

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12:40pm

Mon December 15, 2014
Goats and Soda

Endless Ebola Epidemic? That's The 'Risk We Face Now,' CDC Says

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 4:12 pm

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, talks with Doctors Without Borders staff during a visit in August to an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

Speed. That's key to ending the Ebola epidemic, says the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Thomas Frieden is visiting West Africa this week to figure out how to reduce the time it takes to find new Ebola cases and isolate them.

Otherwise, Ebola could become a permanent disease in West Africa.

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12:39pm

Mon December 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Denmark Claims Part Of The Arctic, Including The North Pole

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 1:51 pm

A map of the area Denmark is claiming.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark

Denmark, together with Greenland, today will claim around 350,000 square miles of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean, in an area around the North Pole that is slightly larger than the size of Texas and Oklahoma combined.

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