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7:47am

Sun December 14, 2014
Around the Nation

Tenant Blacklist Can Haunt New York Renters For Years

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

Robert Guzman found out about New York's 'tenant blacklist' after he was rejected multiple times by landlords, despite a strong credit score.
Mirela Iverac WNYC

Back in 2009, Robert Guzman lived in the Bronx with his wife and young son. He had a good job in advertising and paid his rent on time — until he made a discovery.

"There were rats coming up from the basement — I lived on the first floor," he says. "They were like, giant rats."

Guzman repeatedly asked the building management to address the problem, but that didn't work. So he decided to withhold his rent. He wasn't "just being a deadbeat renter," Guzman says. "I'm withholding the rent for a reason."

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7:47am

Sun December 14, 2014
Politics

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

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7:47am

Sun December 14, 2014
Race

Thousands March Across U.S. Protesting Police Brutality

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 12:18 pm

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In cities across the country yesterday, tens of thousands of people gathered to draw attention to several high profile deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. People marched in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, D.C.

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5:39am

Sun December 14, 2014
Goats and Soda

How Can You Tell If Your Goat Is Happy? Now We Know!

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 2:28 pm

A goat peeks its head through a wall in Dakar, Senegal.
Claire Harbage for NPR

Goats are having a moment, and we're not just saying that because our blog is called Goats and Soda.

There are nearly 900 million goats in the world today, up from 600 million in 1990. The reason for this goat spurt is the growing popularity of goat cheese, goat milk and goat meat.

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7:04pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Around the Nation

In Wisconsin, A Decade-Old Police Shooting Leads To New Law

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 1:27 pm

Michael Bell Sr. (center) and his family stand near one of the billboards they bought in a campaign to bring awareness to internal police investigations. Bell's son was shot and killed by police in Kenosha, Wis.
Courtesy of the Bell family

Race is at the forefront of the current debate over the police use of deadly force. But one shooting in Wisconsin highlights another factor at play when police shoot civilians — the lack of outside investigation. And the decade-old death has led to real reform in the state.

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5:18pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Music

LISTEN: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Snubs

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 6:40 pm

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is expected to announce its latest group of inductees this coming week. As usual, fans are shouting about the bands they're not even considering.

All Things Considered presents a medley of the following snubbed rockers:

The Shangri-La's

Dick Dale

Steppenwolf

The Zombies

Ben E. King

Joan Baez

Deep Purple

Jethro Tull

Yes

King Crimson

Ozzy Osbourne

Warren Zevon

Dire Straits

Dolly Parton

Willie Nelson

Cheap Trick

Roxy Music

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5:18pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Around the Nation

Thousands March In Washington For 'Justice For All' Rally

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 6:40 pm

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5:18pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Around the Nation

Rikers Island Corrections Officer Stands Trial For Inmate's Death

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 6:40 pm

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5:18pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Author Interviews

How 'Putin's Kleptocracy' Made His Friends Rich

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 6:40 pm

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5:18pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Europe

Haunting Sounds At Night, Kids' Puppet Show Clock By Day

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 6:40 pm

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Our own Russian correspondent, Corey Flintoff, spends much of his time reporting on the activities of Vladimir Putin in Russia. But sometimes it's what's outside his own window in Moscow that captivates him.

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4:38pm

Sat December 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Mali: 4 Al-Qaida Linked Militants Swapped For French Hostage

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:35 pm

France's Serge Lazarevic (left) hugs French President Francois Hollande after arriving in France on Wednesday following his release.
Christophe Ena AP

Mali says it freed four militants with links to al-Qaida in exchange for securing the release earlier this week of French hostage Serge Lazarevic.

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4:18pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Code Switch

Black Fraternities And Sororities Split On Protest Policy

The home page of the Dallas Morning News on Dec. 6, 2014 showed a protester wearing a Delta Sigma Theta shirt. Soon after, some black sororities banned members from wearing their logos at protests.
PastPages.org

Thousands of Americans gathered in Washington, D.C. Saturday for the 'Justice for All' rally. The demonstration was to protest the police shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, as well as decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner on Staten Island, N.Y.

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3:43pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Goats and Soda

A Reason To Respect The Miss World Pageant

Miss Philippines, Megan Young, sends a kiss to the audience after winning the Miss World title in last year's competition. She's helped raise money for typhoon victims in her homeland.
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2:14pm

Sat December 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 2:28 pm

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Friday, as the Senate considers a spending bill.
Lauren Victoria Burke AP

Updated at 10:05 p.m. ET

The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending package Saturday night on a 56-40 bipartisan vote, after overruling an objection from Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Earlier Saturday, the Senate had voted on a short-term continuing resolution that extended their deadline to pass the spending bill. But in the evening, Senate leadership came to an agreement and the legislative body voted to move the bill forward sooner than anticipated, ending debate and allowing a vote Saturday night.

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12:08pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Chris Rock, Nunberg's Word Of The Year, Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson has published 30 books, and won three Newbery honors and a Coretta Scott King Book Award for her young adult book Miracle's Boys.
Marty Umans Courtesy of Penguin Group USA

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Chris Rock On Finding The Line Between Funny And 'Too Far': "No comedian wants to have to analyze and defend" jokes, says Rock, who wrote, directed and stars in the new film Top Five. He adds: "I'm not a politician; I'm not a thinker. I'm a comedian."

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12:06pm

Sat December 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Dispatches From D.C.'s 'March For Justice'

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:32 pm

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10:55am

Sat December 13, 2014
Politics

Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

The spending bill in Congress is not just about money. Tucked inside the bill are provisions to change regulations affecting everything from banking to the environment. One regulatory rollback has those concerned about truck safety especially upset.

The regulation is part of a series of rules that spell out the number of hours that long-haul truck drivers, the ones behind the wheel of the big rigs on the interstates, can be on the road.

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10:39am

Sat December 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Protesters Rally In 'Justice For All' Marches In 3 Cities

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 2:17 pm

Melissa W. Green, right, and her daughter Reshae Green holds up their signs at Freedom Plaza during the "Justice for All" march and rally on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Saturday.
Jose Luis Magana AP

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET

Thousands of demonstrators gathered today for a "Justice for All" march in the nation's capital to protest decisions in Missouri and New York not to indict police officers involved in the deaths of two black men.

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9:53am

Sat December 13, 2014
Race

Forced To Seat Blacks, Ala. Restaurant Complied With History

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

Ollies Barbecue was a Birmingham, Ala., landmark where where white plumbers and electricians sat next to white doctors and bank presidents,” but in 1964, blacks weren't allowed to eat there.
Courtesy Ollie McClung Jr.

At Lena's, a diner in Birmingham, Ala., the cashier hands a customer a plastic bag with food which he carries out of the restaurant. There's nothing noteworthy about it now, but that action — taking out the meal — is a faint echo of the Jim Crow South.

Fifty years ago Sunday, the Supreme Court effectively ended segregation in restaurants. Before that ruling, restaurants were segregated, but some white establishments would serve black customers take-out.

Washington Booker, eating breakfast at Lena's, remembers the routine.

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9:33am

Sat December 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Thailand's Crown Prince Divorces Amid Reports Of Palace Intrigue

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:24 pm

Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (seated, left) and Royal Consort Princess Srirasmi, seen during a royal ceremony last year, are now officially divorced, the palace has announced.
Chaiwat Subprasom Reuters/Landov

Thailand's crown prince and the woman who would have been on the throne next to him are now officially divorced, the palace announced today in a move that many observers see as a precursor to a possible succession struggle.

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9:18am

Sat December 13, 2014
Arts & Life

It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season — Share Your Best (Bad) Attire

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 9:56 pm

So bad it's ... good? Consumer appetite for ugly Christmas sweaters — the tackier, the better — has had an impact on how retailers stock for the season.
TheUglySweaterShop.com Flickr

Looking for a stylish sweater for the holidays? Forget cashmere. Instead, go for the light-up, dancing Santa.

This season, holiday shoppers are demanding the ugliest, gaudiest, tackiest sweaters out there. They need them for ugly sweater parties, ugly sweater fun runs — even an ugly sweater party cruise.

All that demand has had an impact on stores large and small. On the national level, Wal-Mart, Kohl's and Target all sell vintage-looking sweaters with all the bells and tinsel you could want.

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8:29am

Sat December 13, 2014
The Two-Way

2 U.S. Soldiers Among More Than A Dozen Killed In Afghan Attacks

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 1:12 pm

Afghan security personnel inspect a damaged bus at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday. There was no immediate report of casualties, but the attack was one of several in the last 24 hours that have been blamed on the Taliban.
Rahmat Gul AP

It's been a violent 24 hours in Afghanistan:

-- 12 workers clearing mines on Saturday were attacked by Taliban militants and another dozen were wounded, a police spokesman said.

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Space

Geminids Promise A Light Show In The Night Sky

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 12:52 pm

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Strange News

London Men Decks Their Beards With Beads And Baubles

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Movie Interviews

Finland's HIM Releases Early Work In 'Lashes to Ashes'

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 1:07 pm

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It is very cold and very dark in Finland this time of year - every time of year, I understand. But there's a band that finds inspiration in that dark and cold. For more than 20 years, the group HIM has been heating up Helsinki nights.

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Parallels

Just Under The Surface, Palestinian Rivals Remain Bitterly Divided

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

A Palestinian with a green headband, which identifies him as a Hamas supporters, helps a fellow protester with a black-and-white scarf, the symbol of the Fatah movement. They were both taking part in a demonstration near the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 4. The factions agreed to end their feud earlier this year, but many of their supporters remain bitter rivals.
Majdi Mohammed AP

Three months after the Gaza Strip war between Hamas and Israel, reconstruction of destroyed homes and businesses has hardly started. Part of the problem is the lack of clear Palestinian government authority on the ground.

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Parallels

Oil Prices Go Down, Russia's Gold Buying Goes Up

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 9:39 pm

An employee displays a gold bar at a gold refining workshop of the plant of Uralelektromed Joint Stock Company (JSC), the enterprise of Ural Mining and Metallurgical company (UMMC) in the town of Verkhnyaya Pyshma, outside Yekaterinburg, Oct. 17.
Maxim Shemetov Reuters/Landov

It's been a rough ride for the Russian economy and it keeps getting worse. Low oil prices helped push the ruble to another record low on Friday. This spate of bad economic news is probably just accelerating an existing trend: Russia's purchase of gold at an astounding rate.

Russia's central bank bought more than 130 tons of gold this year. Last year, it bought about 75 tons. Bob Haberkorn, senior market strategist at the brokerage firm, RJ O'Brien, says Russia has shifted even more assets into gold because it has had a particularly bad year.

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Race

Activists Gather On Washington Mall To Protest Police Violence

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 1:38 pm

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Politics

Outrage On The Left And Right As Senate Delays Spending Vote

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

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8:12am

Sat December 13, 2014
Law

Yale Law Professor: Torture Is Never Justified

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 10:27 pm

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