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Today's Stories December 19, 2014

Artist Andres Serrano On Photographing Cuba

The controversial artist discusses his 2012 trip to his mother's home country and shares his photos.

Obama: Sony Decision To Cancel Movie A 'Mistake'

Speaking of Sony executives, Obama said "I wish they had spoken to me first" before canceling "The Interview."

Young Riders Care For Horses Dying From Tainted Feed

Jamie Buis, a 13-year-old equestrian in South Florida, is among those caring for the animals in their final days.

Mixed Reaction As New York Bans Fracking

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Special Coverage: Obama's Year-End Remarks

Before President Obama and his family left for a Christmas vacation in Hawaii, he delivered a year-end press conference.

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What Christmas Does (Or Doesn't Do) For the Economy

Is Christmas good for the economy? That's the conventional thinking, but we examine the arguments from economists who say otherwise.

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Obama Grants 'Christmas Clemency' To 20, Including 8 Drug Offenders

Barbara Scrivner, one of the eight pardoned, served 20 years of a 30-year sentence for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute meth.

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Kurds Claim Victory In Northern Iraq

Iraqi Kurdish forces say they have broken the siege at Mount Sinjar, where thousands of minority Yazidis have been trapped for months.

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Why El Salvador's Youth Are Fleeing

David Boeri's report begins in the San Salvador medical examiner’s receiving room, where the youth of El Salvador are on display.

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A Journey From Wrestling Cage To Santa's Village

One of the darkest, most controversial — and most successful characters in professional wrestling history — is also known as Santa Mick.

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From Women to Interpol.

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‘Sacred Journeys’ Documents Religious Pilgrimages

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world's holiest sites.

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Jewish Cuisine — It’s Not Just Chopped Liver

Janna Gur shares some history of Jewish cuisine, as well as three recipes from her new cookbook "Jewish Soul Food."

December 15 11 Comments

As School Fees Rise, So Do Questions Over What Constitutes A Free Education

As schools across the country struggle with budget cuts, more and more are charging fees for essential school-related services.

December 15 3 Comments

Both Sides Undergoing Mediation To Resolve Homeless Feeding Dispute

A 90-year-old activist has been arrested recently for feeding the homeless — an act that is illegal in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

December 12 28 Comments

In One California Town, Police Want Kids To Lay Down Their Nerf Guns

High school students in Livermore have taken up arms in their yearly game of "Assassin" — a mock battle with Nerf guns.

December 12 3 Comments

Iraq Lawmaker Wants U.S. Boots On The Ground

Vian Dakhil, the only member of the Yazidi minority in Iraq's parliament, says ISIS is winning the war.

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'Water Stories': A Conversation In Paint And Sound

Anne Neely's paintings explore the beauty of water, but also raise a cautionary flag about issues that threaten the world's water.

December 11 7 Comments

Miami-Dade Mayor Wants All Police To Have Body Cameras

Mayor Carlos Gimenez says the big debate now is how much of the footage should be available to the public.

Spotlight

Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

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College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

December 18 15 Comments

America’s Political Dynasties

Americans under 38 have only experienced one presidential election that did not involve a Bush or a Clinton.

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.