5:48am

Tue December 24, 2013
Daily Almanac

December 24, 2013

Sunrise: 7:23am
Sunset: 4:56pm    

Special Celebrations today:

Today is  Christmas Eve as well as National Egg Nog Day
 ...
This is also  National Fruit Cake Month.

On this day in...

1906: The first music program was broadcast on radio.

1966: Luna 13 landed on the moon.

1967: Joe Namath became the first NFL quarterback to pass for           4,000 yards.

1968: Three astronauts, James Lovell, William Anders and Frank Borman reached the moon but they did not land.  It wasn't until seven months later that man did land there.

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5:32am

Tue December 24, 2013
The Salt

Top German Chocolate Maker Fights For Its 'Natural' Reputation

If you're selling food in Germany, "natural" is good. It's a place that distrusts technological manipulation of what we eat.

Witness, for example, a 500-year-old law that allows beer-makers to use only three ingredients: water, barley and hops. The law has since been loosened slightly, but many brewers continue to abide by it for marketing reasons.

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4:47am

Tue December 24, 2013
Around the Nation

Snow Prints Lead Cops To Hiding Suspect

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 4:24 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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4:33am

Tue December 24, 2013
Food

Want A New Twist On A Traditional Holiday Dish?

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 4:24 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene with a new twist on a traditional holiday dish. No, I'm not talking about turducken. This year's novelty poultry might be the chickenbear. Russian artist Viktor Ivanov has created a teddy bear out of chicken meat, covered in chicken skin, with olives for eyes. British chef Simon Hulstone uploaded a photo of the meaty teddy and tweeted that he intends to serve it to his kids for Christmas dinner.

Now I want to know what he's putting in their stockings.

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3:52am

Tue December 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Spacewalk Resumes; Fears Grow In South Sudan

Good morning.

One early Tuesday headline and two from Monday evening:

-- WATCH LIVE: Space Station Spacewalk

-- Alan Turing, Who Cracked Nazi Code, Gets Posthumous Pardon

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3:31am

Tue December 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Repairs Done, Astronauts Wrap Up Spacewalk

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 1:12 pm

Astronaut Mike Hopkins during Saturday's spacewalk. He's going out again Tuesday.
NASA.gov

Spacewalking astronauts have successfully replaced a failed coolant pump on the International Space Station.

NPR's Joe Palca reports that American spacewalkers Michael Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio had to bolt the massive pump in place (on the ground, it weighs 780 pounds), connect four ammonia lines and plug in five electrical cables. The ammonia is a refrigerant used in the station's two-part cooling system, which is necessary to dissipate heat from the onboard electrical equipment.

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2:16am

Tue December 24, 2013
NPR Story

Lead Designer Of World's Most Popular Firearm Dies

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 4:24 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

1947 was the year the most notorious weapon in history was born. That is the "Avtomat Kalashnikov" or AK-47. Today millions of them, maybe 100 million, are in use. The man who helped bring the weapon to the world - Mikhail Kalashnikov - has now died, at age 94. Joining me now is C. J. Chivers. He's a reporter for the New York Times and author of "The Gun," a book about the A-K-47. Chris, welcome back to the program. C. J., welcome back to the program.

C.J. CHIVERS: Thanks very much for having me.

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2:16am

Tue December 24, 2013
NPR Story

Administration Extends Health Insurance Deadline Again

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 4:24 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene with Steve Inskeep. There's a lot of last-minute shopping going on today. And that goes for health insurance, too. Yesterday was supposed to be the deadline to sign up on the government's new insurance website for coverage that begins January first.

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2:16am

Tue December 24, 2013
NPR Story

What Does The Future Hold For Climate Change?

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 4:24 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And in these last days of 2013 we've been having conversations about the future. Rather than grand predictions, we've been seeking a realistic assessment of what lies ahead. So far we've explored cybersecurity, we've looked at the changing electorate. When it comes to climate change, the topic for today, Andrew Steer of the World Resources Institute told my colleague Steve Inskeep that the trends don't look very good.

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12:42am

Tue December 24, 2013
Religion

Pastor Leads A New Brand Of Church For 'Sinners And Saints'

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 4:24 am

Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, shown here officiating civil union ceremonies in Denver in May, wrote a book on faith that recently landed on the New York Times best-seller list.
Anna Hanel Colorado Public Radio

It's Sunday evening, and services are just getting underway at the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver. Nearly 200 worshipers sit in circles of plastic chairs around a simple altar table. Together they follow traditional Christian rites. They sit. They stand. They sing.

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