The state stops firefighter testing over allegations of cheating (Gazette). A state report advises creating a task force to look at plans for a water pipeline from Wyoming to the Front Range (Chieftain). Wet weather heads to the Front Range (Denver Post). The Colorado Wildlife Commission opposes Christo’s “Over the River” art project (Denver Post).

Peak Vista expands health care in Colorado Springs (KKTV). D-49 releases details on its bus service for the 2011-12 school year (KXRM). The Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado seeks to aid in a crackdown in the Pikes Peak Region (KRDO). New housing at Fort Carson helps families (Gazette). Tension rises between city and county officials over Stormwater Enterprise (KOAA). The Gazette profiles a Fort Carson soldier who has died in Afghanistan.

The East Otero School Board makes budget cuts (LaJunta Tribune-Democrat). A grant helps bring nursing courses to Otero Junior College (LaJunta Tribune-Democrat). The Canon City School Board approves the elimination of a position (Canon City Daily Record).

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December 17, 2014 | NPR · Havana freed Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison, as a humanitarian gesture. The former USAID contractor said he hoped the U.S. and Cuba move past their “mutually belligerent” policies.
 

The White House
December 17, 2014 | NPR · It was a phone call that preceded a plan to normalize diplomatic relations between historical foes.
 

AP
December 17, 2014 | NPR · The stalemate has outlasted 10 U.S. presidents, a failed invasion, a nuclear crisis and countless boatloads of Cuban asylum seekers. All that changed on Wednesday.
 

Arts & Life

December 17, 2014 | NPR · In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and ’30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.
 

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December 17, 2014 | NPR · Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.
 

Vice
December 17, 2014 | NPR · “Nonna Marijuana’s Italian Feast” is the first episode of a Web series exploring pot cuisine. It features a charming 91-year-old grandmother who cooks cannabis Italian food infused with love.
 

Music

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December 17, 2014 | NPR · The results are in! St. Vincent’s self-titled album was by far the most popular record in our listener poll for the best music of 2014. On this week’s show we count down the Top 25.
 

December 17, 2014 | NPR · Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says Black Messiah is as adventurous as any fan could hope for.
 

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December 17, 2014 | NPR · In Road Dawgs, the members of Future Islands speak candidly about the group’s nearly decade-long career and its new-found success.
 

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