The U.S. Department of Agriculture says extreme drought conditions continue to expand over southern Colorado…Chaffee County Sheriff Pete Palmer says it’s a mystery why search teams have been unable to find two hikers who are missing on a trip…and, Colorado Springs City Council this week unanimously approved a decision to provide funding for reseeding and extra watering of many of the city’s parks.

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December 15, 2017 | NPR · President Trump is preparing to appear at a graduation ceremony for a new class of FBI employees Friday. The visit will be complicated, given months of blistering criticism of the agency on Twitter.
 

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December 15, 2017 | WNPR · Many Puerto Ricans are still without electricity and basic services three months after Hurricane Maria. Some are prioritizing song, dance and celebration to feel more at home again.
 

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December 15, 2017 | NPR · The Green Berets community is in a bitter internal debate over whether standards have been lowered for the U.S. Army elite force.
 

Arts & Life

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December 15, 2017 | NPR · Director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman have worked together for 15 years. Their new film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will kick off the first of four Star Wars movies they’ll work on together.
 

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December 14, 2017 | NPR · Munro Leaf’s classic children story about a pacifist bull becomes a formulaic animated film indistinguishable from scores of others.
 

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December 14, 2017 | NPR · Bill Pullman stars as an Old West sidekick who loses his hero and embarks upon a quest for vengeance in writer/director Jared Moshe’s straight-shooting Western.
 

Music

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December 14, 2017 | WXPN-FM · Metric’s lead singer drops the wailing guitars and radical synths for a solo performance behind the piano.
 

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December 14, 2017 | NPR · Led and voiced by Nadya Tolokonnikova, Pussy Riot is focused on the mainstream, through an oblique reconciliation with capitalism, in order to spread its message. The contradiction is compelling.
 

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December 14, 2017 | NPR · Kerry Trainor, who replaced co-founder Alex Ljung as CEO in August, tells NPR that SoundCloud is not trying to compete with Spotify, saying creators are his main focus.
 

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