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Vladimir Putin's popularity soared after the Winter Olympics and the annexation of Crimea. But his year is ending on a bitter note, with Russia in a deep recession and isolated internationally.
December 26, 2014
Using an E-Reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.
December 26, 2014
The U.S. economic embargo on Cuba is still solidly in place. But the president's executive action opening relations with the island has set off a frenzy of speculation about a new era of U.S.-Cuba commerce.
December 26, 2014
The U.S. military set up a bank to collect brain tissue samples to better understand battlefield brain injury. But a law that prevents tissue donations from U.S. troops has severely hampered efforts.
December 26, 2014
Liz Sly of The Washington Post speaks with Audie Cornish about how the so-called Islamic State's attempt to govern and administer services like a state is breaking down, with food and power shortages.
December 26, 2014
Some cybersecurity researchers have begun to voice skepticism about the U.S. government's claim that North Korea was behind the recent attack on Sony Pictures.
December 26, 2014
The ceremony for officer Rafael Ramos comes nearly a week after he and partner Wenjian Liu were shot and killed in their patrol car by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley.
December 26, 2014
The women were arrested as they tried to cross the border from UAE, where they had legally obtained drivers licenses. The two are also said to have been active online against the ban.
December 26, 2014
The most recent crackdown on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's critics is proof for many that Turkey is veering toward authoritarianism.
December 26, 2014
The talks that began on Wednesday were expected to be continued today in Minsk. Belarus, which is hosting the dialogue, declined to comment on the reason.
December 26, 2014
While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.
December 26, 2014
A group calling itself Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for a possible denial-of-service attack against the tech companies' online game sites.
December 26, 2014
Doctors told the High Court the 18-week fetus' prospects of survival were low. There have been two similar cases in Ireland since 2001; both fetuses died in the womb. The decision won't be appealed.
December 26, 2014
Filmmaker Tom Roberts was definitely not interested when he was first asked to make a movie about the disease. Then he began to do some research. "Every Last Child" is the result.
December 26, 2014
Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
December 26, 2014
The software used in the Sony data breach is available on the underground market. This makes it easier for criminals to execute an attack but harder to identify the perpetrators.
December 26, 2014
A San Francisco man talks about why he volunteers to deliver groceries to his elderly and disabled neighbors.
December 26, 2014
Authorities in the Colorado city have dispersed information brochures on the do's and don'ts of marijuana use. It lists facts such as where pot is legal and how long the high takes to set in.
December 26, 2014
The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.
December 26, 2014
In 2014, Uber became one of the most valuable privately held companies on earth. It expanded to more than 200 cities, but criticism and legal battles have ballooned in parallel with its revenues.
December 26, 2014

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