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Thu December 18, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. Announces Protections For Transgender Workers

The Justice Department is broadening a civil rights law to include protections for transgender workers, a reversal from how the Bush administration interpreted the measure.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the law, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, will now ensure that workers who sue over discrimination in the workplace will get fair and consistent treatment.

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Thu December 18, 2014
Law

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Makes Court Appearance In Pretrial Hearing

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:32 pm

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Thu December 18, 2014
Law

Justice Department Sues Over Conditions At Rikers Island Jail

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:32 pm

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Thu December 18, 2014
Music

Music A Longtime Feature Of Cuba-U.S. Cultural Exchange

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:32 pm

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Thu December 18, 2014
Business

New Popularity Of L.L. Bean Boots Sparks Scramble To Fill Orders

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:32 pm

A surge in popularity of L.L. Bean boots has the Maine company scrambling to fill orders.
Murray Carpenter NPR

L.L. Bean's iconic rubber and leather boots — long worn by practical and preppie New Englanders — have swung back into fashion with young people and are more popular than ever.

The recent surge in demand has the company scrambling to fill orders, upgrading its manufacturing equipment and adding a third shift at its Maine boot factories.

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Thu December 18, 2014
World

Most Pages In New U.S.-Cuba Chapter Still Have To Be Written

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:32 pm

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Thu December 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Administration Won't Rule Out Raul Castro Visit To White House

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 6:54 am

The White House today said it "wouldn't rule out a visit from President Raul Castro" to Washington, a day after President Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba would begin talks to normalize relations and open embassies following more than five decades of hostility.

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Thu December 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Immigration Is Driving Broad Demographic Shifts In U.S., Report Says

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 6:38 pm

Navy Petty Officer Jimmy Dial (left) sits with his daughter, Kimberly, beside U.S. Army soldier Henri Blandon and his daughter as the men's wives and the girls' mothers become U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony last month in Ontario, Calif.
Nick Ut AP

Native-born Americans are making up a smaller percentage of those living in some areas of the U.S. as immigration moves to become the key factor in population growth within the next quarter-century, according to a new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts that examined county-level census data.

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Thu December 18, 2014
Parallels

In Latin America, Not Everyone Is Thrilled With The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 7:18 pm

Cuban President Fidel Castro (left) and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Barinas, Venezuela, in 2000. The two formed a close partnership, which has continued with their successors. However, the prospect of normal ties between the U.S. and Cuba may also have an impact on relations between Cuba and Venezuela.
Jose Goitia AP

Latin American governments have long viewed Cuba as the region's David facing off against the Goliath of the United States. So from Mexico to Argentina, leaders are endorsing Wednesday's announcement that the two nations intend to normalize relations.

But this could prove awkward for Venezuela, which has been Cuba's closest ally and a fierce critic of Washington.

In public, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is praising the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.

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Thu December 18, 2014
Goats and Soda

And The Award For Most Offensive Fundraising Video Goes To ...

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 9:48 am

The "Rusty Radiator" award for most offensive or stereotypical portrayal of the developing world in a fundraising video went to Feed a Child South Africa.
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