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12:11 pm
Thu December 25, 2014

After 522 Years, Spain Seeks To Make Amends For Expulsion Of Jews

Children gather outside the El Transito synagogue and Sephardic Museum in Toledo, Spain. Founded in 1357, the synagogue was converted into a church following the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. Spain is now preparing to pass a law that would allow the descendants of the expelled Jews receive Spanish citizenship.
Gerard Julien AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 12:20 pm

As night fell recently over the Spanish city of Toledo, Hanukkah candles lit up empty streets outside the medieval El Transito synagogue.

Folk songs in Ladino — a blend of Spanish and Hebrew — wafted across the garden of the synagogue, which is now the Sephardic Museum.

Sefarad means Spain in Hebrew and the term refers to Jews of Spanish descent.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Sierra Leone Puts North On Lockdown Amid Ebola Spread

British health workers lift a newly admitted Ebola patient onto a wheeled stretcher in to the Kerry town Ebola treatment center outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, earlier this week.
Baz Ratner Reuters/Landov

Sierra Leone, the country hardest-hit by an ongoing Ebola outbreak, has imposed a lockdown in the country's north in an effort to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

The BBC quotes local officials as saying that shops, markets and non-Ebola related travel would be shut down. Many public Christmas celebrations had already been banned, according to Reuters.

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The Two-Way
9:55 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Peaceful Protests In Missouri After Latest Police Shooting

A protester shouts at police in Berkeley, Mo., Christmas Eve night.
Kate Munsch Reuters/Landov

A vigil and a march in Berkeley, Mo., were largely peaceful overnight after confrontations between police and protesters Tuesday in the wake of the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old black man by a white police officer.

Antonio Martin was shot and killed on Tuesday after police say he pointed a gun at the officer.

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The Two-Way
8:46 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Pope Francis: 'Many Tears This Christmas'

Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and to the world) blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on Christmas Day.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

Pope Francis, in his Christmas Day blessing in St. Peter's Square, denounced the "brutal persecution" of religious and ethnic minorities and condemned conflicts in Ukraine, Libya and elsewhere.

It was his second "Urbi et Orbi" ("to the city and to the world") message since becoming pope last year, the pontiff also lamented the deadly Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan that killed 149 people, mostly children, and the deaths of thousands due to Ebola in West Africa.

"Truly there are so many tears this Christmas," he said.

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The Two-Way
8:11 am
Thu December 25, 2014

NYPD Sorts Out Threats, Plans Funerals For Liu And Ramos

Officer Rafael Ramos (left) and Wenjian Liu were killed on Saturday in an attack by a gunman in a Brooklyn neighborhood.
NYPD EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 8:31 am

Authorities in New York City are monitoring threats made against police since two officers were fatally shot on Saturday, and are upping security at some stationhouses.

The gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, shot and killed Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in their patrol car before committing suicide. He had posted messages on social media suggesting the assault was revenge for deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of authorities.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Thu December 25, 2014

'The Interview' Gets Nationwide Theatrical Release

A poster for The Interview, which will open in nearly 300 theaters on Christmas Day. The movie is also being shown on streaming services.
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The Interview, the comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will open today in nearly 300 independent theaters nationwide.

The movie is already available to watch on streaming services such as YouTube, Google Play, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a dedicated website.

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Ebola Survivor: "You Feel Like ... Maybe ... A Ghost"

Dr. Senga Omeonga pictured outside St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Monrovia. Dr. Omeonga moved to Liberia from DRC in 2011. He contracted Ebola but survived it.
John W. Poole NPR

Dr. Senga Omeonga met us under a huge mango tree outside the St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Behind the main building, several dozens of disinfected rubber boots worn by health care workers were propped upside down on stakes planted on a patch of lawn.

This is the hospital where he works as general surgeon and the head of Infection Prevention Control. It's also where he came down with Ebola on August 2.

He says his days in treatment were "a living hell." And the experience has changed his view of the world — and the way he treats patients.

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Around the Nation
6:48 am
Thu December 25, 2014

28 Years Later, Lynda Alsip Gets Her Mustang Back

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 7:00 am

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Animals
6:43 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Dog Races To Catch Up With Ambulance

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 7:00 am

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Book News & Features
5:27 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Demand For Audio Books Keeps Penguin Random House Recording

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 7:00 am

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