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Reports of visible smoke in Pueblo and Westcliffe likely originate from a fire burning at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Southeastern Colorado. Officials there say a fire sparked by lightening earlier this month flared back up, but is not a threat to park visitors or resources, and is being managed.

Photos: Smoke from the Medano Fire in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve pours over the Sangre de Cristos into the south end of the Wet Mountain Valley. Credit: Shanna Lewis.

 

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December 3, 2016 | NPR · Citing the $1 million bond required by the court, Stein’s lawyer discontinued the request Saturday. Stein had raised nearly $7 million for recount efforts in three states.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan’s leader, Tsai Ying-Wen, breaking nearly four decades of diplomatic protocol and threatening to upset U.S. relations with China.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · Various music styles, from singer-songwriters to dance music to hip-hop, emerged over the many years of Fidel Castro’s rule in Cuba.
 

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December 3, 2016 | NPR · This week, we invited Alan Cumming, actor, singer, author, director and proud son of Scotland, to play our quiz. He’s now on tour performing songs from his new album, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Sara Bader and Neil Steinberg about their book, “Out Of The Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery,” a new anthology about addiction and sobriety.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Nina Collins about a new book of short stories written by her late mother, Kathleen Collins, one of the first African-American filmmakers. The book is called “Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?”
 

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December 3, 2016 | NPR · Various music styles, from singer-songwriters to dance music to hip-hop, emerged over the many years of Fidel Castro’s rule in Cuba.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · Composer J.J. Wright combines sacred music with jazz for a project based on texts and melodies of Advent. NPR’s Scott Simon speaks to him from Rome where he now interns with the Sistine Chapel Choir.
 

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December 3, 2016 | NPR · Saariaho isn’t the first woman composer to stage an opera at New York’s Metropolitan Opera — just the first in more than a century. Her opera, L’Amour de Loin, has its New York premiere this week.
 

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