Colorado is closing a second state prison in two years because of a declining inmate population. The state Department of Corrections says it will close Colorado State Penitentiary II in Canon City…The Yuma County sheriff is surveying damage after a wildfire swept 84 square miles on Colorado’s eastern plains, injuring three firefighters and destroying at least two homes….and, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will be front and center next week when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the constitutionality of the federal healthcare overhaul.

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · South African Chris Bertish has set out from the coast of Africa with the intent to become the first person to cross the Atlantic alone on a stand-up paddleboard — though he’s not the first to try.
 

December 8, 2016 | NPR · No one seems to have a satisfying definition of “identity politics,” but clearly we’ve been paying too much attention to race, gender and sexual orientation, right? Not so fast.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · Blue Seal ice cream was launched after World War II for American soldiers stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Today, it’s a fusion of American and Okinawan tastes that’s loved by locals and tourists alike.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · Blue Seal ice cream was launched after World War II for American soldiers stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Today, it’s a fusion of American and Okinawan tastes that’s loved by locals and tourists alike.
 

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December 8, 2016 | FA · Book critic Maureen Corrigan says that if there’s one word that characterizes her list this year, it’s “serious.” These books certainly aren’t grim or dull, but they take on big, difficult subjects.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · We take a moment to chat with KQED pop culture writer Emmanuel Hapsis about the TV Land series Younger, which just closed its third season.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · Until his dying day, Clark saw himself as a working artist. Both his biographer and co-songwriter Holly Gleason illuminate this late-career demo.
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · The SoCal psychedelic-soul band’s new album, Freedom Is Free, is due out in March. Watch a video for its new single, “Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm).”
 

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December 8, 2016 | NPR · This year, pop critic Ann Powers offers something a little different — 10 deserving albums that might have topped lists in any other year.
 

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