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Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

By Bill Chappell on December 17th, 2014 | Last updated: December 17, 2014 at 7:38 pm

The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity scene was in danger of being canceled.

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Obama Issues 12 Pardons, Commutes 8 Sentences

By Bill Chappell on December 17th, 2014 | Last updated: December 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm

President Obama commuted the prison sentences of eight people who were convicted of drug-related crimes Wednesday, in a move that also saw 12 presidential pardons issued.

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Alan Gross’ Release: How It Went Down

By Krishnadev Calamur on December 17th, 2014 | Last updated: December 18, 2014 at 10:39 am

American Alan Gross had spent more than five years in a Cuban prison, where he suffered ill health. Then, on Tuesday, his lawyer, Scott Gilbert, told him in a phone call that he was going home.

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Sony Cancels Christmas Day Release Of ‘The Interview’ Amid Threats

By Krishnadev Calamur on December 17th, 2014 | Last updated: December 18, 2014 at 4:38 am

The move follows the decision by major U.S. theater chains not to screen the comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader.

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Alan Gross, U.S. Contractor Freed By Cuba, Says ‘It’s Good To Be Home’

By Krishnadev Calamur on December 17th, 2014 | Last updated: December 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Havana freed Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison, as a humanitarian gesture. The former USAID contractor said he hoped the U.S. and Cuba move past their “mutually belligerent” policies.

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Church Of England Names Its First Female Bishop

By Eyder Peralta on December 17th, 2014 | Last updated: December 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm

The Rev. Libby Lane has been a parish priest for 20 years. She will be consecrated on Jan. 26, becoming the first female bishop since the church was founded five centuries ago.

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Obama Unveils ‘New Approach’ On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

By Krishnadev Calamur on December 17th, 2014 | Last updated: December 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm

The U.S. and Cuba will start talks on normalizing relations and discuss opening a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Also today, Cuba freed USAID contractor Alan Gross on humanitarian grounds.

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As Pakistan Mourns, Prime Minister Removes Moratorium On Death Penalty

By Eyder Peralta on December 17th, 2014 | Last updated: December 17, 2014 at 8:39 am

The country was starting to take stock of a Taliban attack on a school that killed 145 people. Most of them were children.

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Senate OKs Judicial Nominees, Tax Extensions Before Republican Takeover

By Lauren Hodges on December 17th, 2014 | Last updated: December 17, 2014 at 4:38 am

Lawmakers in the Senate approved an extension of tax breaks and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees, but a terrorism insurance bill didn’t survive the night.

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‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’ Creator Bridwell Dies At 86

By Bill Chappell on December 16th, 2014 | Last updated: December 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm

More than 50 years after he came up with a story about a huge dog, author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he had been shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.

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