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Dance
6:58 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

In Seattle, Maurice Sendak's 'Wild' 'Nutcracker' Reaches Its Final Act

Stowell (right) says Sendak (left) needed some convincing before he signed on to design a new Nutcracker. Their version of the ballet debuted in 1983.
David Cooper Pacific Northwest Ballet

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 7:32 pm

In Seattle, the Pacific Northwest Ballet performs The Nutcracker to that same ubiquitous Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky score. The ballet tells the story of Clara, a young girl whose grandfather gives her a nutcracker at a party. One night, Clara goes searching for her nutcracker and walks right into a battle between a regiment of toy soldiers and a wily team of oversized rodents.

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The Two-Way
5:45 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Satanic Temple's Holiday Display Vandalized In Florida Capitol

The Satanic Temple holiday display at the Florida Capitol on Monday — before it was vandalized.
Aaron Deslatte TNS /Landov

A woman was in custody today after damaging a Satanic Temple holiday display — a diorama of Lucifer falling into the flames of hell — in Florida's Capitol.

John Porgal, the regional director of American Atheists, told NPR member station WFSU that the group plans to press charges. And, he said, the display would stay as it is.

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Religion
5:09 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Pope To Vatican Leaders: In-Fighting Must Stop

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:26 pm

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Europe
5:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Despite Russia's Woes, Putin Shows No Signs Of Bending On Ukraine

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:26 pm

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Technology
5:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

North Korea's Internet Outage Could Just Be Bad Timing

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:26 pm

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The Two-Way
4:22 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Number Of Cars Earning Top Safety Awards Nearly Doubles

The 2015 Subaru Outback was one of the carmaker's seven models that won the highest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Eric Thayer Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 8:32 am

If you're looking for a new car or SUV, it should be easier to find a safe one from the current models: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the number of vehicles winning its two safety awards jumped from 39 to 71 for the 2015 model year.

The rise came despite tougher standards for current models to earn the IIHS's best ratings.

The winners range from the Chevrolet Spark and Volvo S60 to the Honda Odyssey. You can see a full list, broken down by market segment, at the IIHS website.

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Movies
4:21 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

How To Compose Music For A Movie About Music

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:28 pm

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Movies
4:21 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Sony Will Show 'The Interview' In Some Theaters

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:26 pm

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Latin America
4:21 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Cubans Celebrate The Return Of Three Last Spies

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:26 pm

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Latin America
4:21 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

In Miami, Mixed Emotions Over Release Of Cuban Spies

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:26 pm

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