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December 22, 2014 | NPR · The protest at the Letpadaung project comes two years after police forcefully dispersed demonstrators at the site. Villagers had complained of health and environmental problems related to the project.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Officer Christopher Manney was attempting to frisk Dontre Hamilton when he woke up and grabbed the officer’s baton. Manney shot Hamilton 14 times.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · He accused the Curia, which oversees the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, of “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and careerism. Francis has made reforming the Vatican a major part of his agenda.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Christmas carp is a holiday mainstay in many central European nations. Traditionally, it swims in the family tub for a day or two, sometimes becoming a sort of pet before it ends up on the plate.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · The Game of Thrones author has blasted the studio for canceling its release of The Interview, offering to screen the film himself at his own movie theater.
 

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December 22, 2014 | KUNC · At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. “We have kind of a corner on the market” for grass-fed beef, says one sister. “People just kind of believe in it.”
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer famous for hit songs such as “Feelin’ Alright” and “Up Where We Belong,” has died at age 70, according to reports in British media.
 

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December 22, 2014 | KEXP · The former Sonic Youth singer-guitarist joins collaborators old and new for a guitar-heavy performance of “The Best Day.”
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · “We think it’s all a bit vulgar, you know, cashing in on Christmas,” Lowe says of the British. He says he took it as a challenge: Quality Street tackles old classics and adds originals to the mix.
 

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