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NYC Police Deaths: Details On Suspect; Rift Between Mayor And Police  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:51:00 -0500
New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says tensions in the city are at their worst since the 1970s. He spoke two days after Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and killed two police officers in New York. 
The 5 Business Stories That Made 2014 A Memorable Year  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:29:00 -0500
From hack attacks to the bottom falling out of oil, 2014 has been a year of big swings at the top and stagnation at the bottom. 
An Update On LA's iPad Program  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:23:13 -0500
A high-profile school tech program; a federal corruption investigation and the resignation of the superintendent. 
Police Union Blames Mayor, Protesters For Ambush Of 2 NYPD Officers  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:05:00 -0500
Details continue to emerge about the gunman who killed two New York City police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday. Investigators are trying to determine what drove Ismaaiyl Brinsely to those acts. 
Heating New England Homes: The Good And Bad News  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:44:00 -0500
Low heating oil prices mean New Englanders don't have to bundle up at home this year, but they will have to watch their rising electric bills. 
Obama To Pick Sally Yates To Be Deputy Attorney General, AP Reports  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:52:00 -0500
President Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, according to The Associated Press. 
Man Who Killed Officers Told Passersby: 'Watch What I Am Going To Do'  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:05:00 -0500
Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who shot two NYPD patrolmen, spoke to people on the street just before the shooting took place, according to a police official. 
The Whiteness Project: Facing Race In A Changing America  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:03:00 -0500
A filmmaker invited white residents of Buffalo, N.Y., to speak candidly about race. Karen Grigsby Bates finds the results are thought-provoking, often surprising and sometimes disturbing. 
GOP Sens. Rubio, Paul Square Off Over Cuba Policy Shift  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:18:00 -0500
Rubio, appearing on ABC's This Week, lashed out at Paul, who has expressed support for opening trade with the island nation after a decades-long embargo. 
Bound By A Plantation, Two Georgians Remember A Special Christmas  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:52:00 -0500
Gen. Sherman burned the plantation down on his way to Savannah, and now the descendant of the planter and the grandchild of that planter's emancipated slave delight in sharing their story. 
Obama Calls North Korean Hack 'Cybervandalism'  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:58:00 -0500
On CNN's State of the Union, the president expanded on earlier remarks he made criticizing a decision by Sony Pictures to pull distribution of The Interview
Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:36:00 -0500
Travel to Cuba for business or education will be much easier as the U.S. eases restrictions, but until the embargo is completely lifted, going to Cuba simply for tourism still won't be allowed. 
Gunman Made Anti-Police Posts Before Killing NYPD Officers  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:33:00 -0500
The assailant, identified as 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, is thought to have shot his ex-girlfriend and then used her Instagram account to post threatening messages. 
Did North Korea Benefit From The Sony Cyberattack?  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:15:00 -0500
The FBI says North Korea was responsible for the Sony cyber hack. North Korea denies involvement. NPR's Rachel Martin talks about possible next steps with Georgetown University professor Victor Cha. 
Two Cops Killed In Brooklyn; Fleeing Suspect Kills Himself  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:15:00 -0500
Two police officers have been killed in their patrol car in Brooklyn. The suspect fled and killed himself on a subway platform. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to WNYC reporter Robert Lewis for the latest.