El Paso Sheriff Terry Maketa clarifies the term “homicide” when describing the investigation into the two deaths in the Black Forest Fire. The Sheriff said earlier this morning the two deaths in the Black Forest Fire discovered Thursday are being investigated as homicides.

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Colorado Springs has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the following region:

Colorado Springs, Colo.—City officials have issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order effective immediately for the following area due to the Black Forest Fire.

Mandatory Evacuation Area A-1: Northern Boundary: North Gate and Old North Gate Road – Southern Boundary: Flying Horse Club Drive (to [...]

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News

December 26, 2014 | NPR · Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta’s body was recovered after his abduction earlier this week in the southern state of Guerrero, where 43 students disappeared in September.
 

December 26, 2014 | WNYC · A foundation that supports first responders killed in the line of duty says it will take over the mortgages of the two New York City police officers killed last week as donations begin to come in.
 

December 26, 2014 | WAMU · For 110 years, Senate bean soup has been offered every day but one in the U.S. Senate cafeteria. But few staffers have actually tasted the traditional soup of the “world’s greatest deliberative body.”
 

Arts & Life

December 26, 2014 | NPR · This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.
 

December 26, 2014 | NPR · Editors at Longform read hundreds of print and online journalism pieces each year. Co-founder Max Linsky talks to Audie Cornish about highlights from 2014, from literary stalwarts and upstarts alike.
 

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December 26, 2014 | NPR · Censors say the film takes liberties with its source material, the Book of Exodus, especially its depiction of the parting of the Red Sea. Also: American Sniper prepares to return to court.
 

Music

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December 26, 2014 | NPR · A brilliant jazz improviser who toured with Count Basie and Billie Holiday, DeFranco devised many new paths for his instrument as small-group bebop overtook the big bands of the Swing Era.
 

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December 26, 2014 | NPR · In the mid-1960s, a biologist discovered the beauty of humpback whale songs. But his recordings weren’t just academic — they were woven into popular music, and they kicked off an entire movement.
 

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December 26, 2014 | NPR · Music can give movies special power. Hear NPR’s Robert Siegel speak with the composers behind Life of Pi, Whiplash, Chocolat, Halloween and Finding Nemo.
 

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