5:08am

Wed December 24, 2014
NPR Ed

An Update On For-Profit Colleges

A person walks past an Everest Institute sign in an office building in Silver Spring, Md., on July 8.
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NPR Ed is updating readers on some of the top stories we've been following in 2014.

There was lots of news coming out of the for-profit education sector this year, most of it related to regulatory action.

As we reported earlier,

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5:05am

Wed December 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Former President George H.W. Bush To Remain In Hospital

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 11:36 am

In what his staff is calling a precautionary measure, former President George H.W. Bush was taken to a hospital in Houston by ambulance Tuesday night after experiencing shortness of breath.

Bush, 90, is being kept at Houston Methodist Hospital for observation, his staff says.

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4:50am

Wed December 24, 2014
All Tech Considered

In Its Strange Journey, 'The Interview' Becomes An Art House Film

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 5:59 am

The Alamo Drafthouse theater chain will show The Interview starting on Christmas Day.
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A buddy flick about killing North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un will be shown on Christmas Day after all, at least in about 200 independent theaters. This kind of small-scale distribution model and the politics surrounding The Interview give what was once a big-budget Hollywood release the spirit of an art house film.

In the satirical film, which is at the center of a geopolitical tussle, Seth Rogen and James Franco play television producers who get an interview with Kim but are then hired by the CIA to "take him out."

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4:42am

Wed December 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Jordanian Plane Goes Down Over Syria; Islamic State Captures Pilot

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 11:52 am

Update at 2:32 p.m.

Jordan's military says one of its pilots has been captured by militants of the Islamic State after his plane crashed in northern Syria.

In a statement, the Jordanian military said the Islamic State "bears responsibility" for the safety of the pilot, identified as Flight Lt. Moaz Youssef al-Kasasbeh.

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4:40am

Wed December 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Police Kill Young Man In Missouri; 'It's Not What People Portray,' Mayor Says

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 9:36 am

Surveillance video shows a scene leading up to a police officer shooting and killing an armed man at a gas station in Berkeley, Mo. The St. Louis County Police Department is investigating the case, in which an 18-year-old man died.
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Protests over a police killing have returned to the St. Louis area, after a Berkeley, Mo., police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old black man Tuesday night. The authorities say he was armed; the shooting took place shortly after 11 p.m. outside a gas station in the St. Louis suburb that's just 2 miles west of Ferguson.

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4:11am

Wed December 24, 2014
Middle East

British Citizens Warned To Behave In The United Arab Emirates

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 5:02 am

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3:35am

Wed December 24, 2014
Around the Nation

Rand Paul Gets In On Festivus Actions

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 5:02 am

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3:33am

Wed December 24, 2014
The Salt

Guyanese Christmas Gives A Whole New Meaning To Slow Food

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 7:00 am

Pepperpot, a traditional Guyanese Christmas dish, is basically a stew of aromatics and tough meat parts like shanks, trotters and tails that benefit from a long cooking.
Courtesy of Cynthia Nelson Photography

There are some Christmas foods you make far in advance that just get better and better with age and anticipation. Like British fruitcakes that age into their boozy ripeness, and German gingerbread cookies called lebkuchen that get softer and spicier as they mature.

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2:08am

Wed December 24, 2014
Movies

More Than 200 Theaters To Show 'The Interview' On Christmas Day

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 4:46 am

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2:02am

Wed December 24, 2014
Economy

Despite Some Clouds, U.S. Economic Forecast Looks Sunny

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 12:25 pm

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