Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 8:32 am
Updated at 8:20 p.m. ET
More than 200 theaters will now show The Interview on Christmas Day, a spokesperson for Sony Pictures tells NPR.
Sony had pulled the controversial comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after ominous threats were made, allegedly by a group that hacked the studio's emails. The nation's largest theater chains had also said they won't show the movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.
Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 5:06 pm
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It's been an eventful year for Alt.Latino. We've brought you live concerts, dance music, protest songs and thought-provoking interviews with the performers who are helping to shape modern culture.
Regardless of your spiritual affiliations, the end of the year provides an opportunity to reflect on what we'd like to do differently next year, what we've learned, our successes and failures, and what makes us thankful.
Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 8:02 am
It's been another deadly year for journalists worldwide. The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a report saying at least 60 reporters, photographers and other members of the media were killed in 2014 while on the job, and that nearly half of those were targeted for murder.
This year's total numbers are down from 70 the previous year but the past three years have been the deadliest since the CPJ started keeping records in 1992.
Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 11:58 am
Americans know Australia as the land Down Under, and one consequence of this geographical flip is that Christmas here falls at the height of summer.
Our 100-degree temperatures aren't exactly conducive to cooking with a hot oven â although early colonists gave it their best shot.
But it wasn't long before Australians began to rebel, ditching the formal dining room for the pleasures of a picnic spread at the beach or a shady glade. Over the years, many of us have abandoned the old British customs altogether.
Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 2:49 pm
Rep. Michael Grimm, the New York Republican who won re-election despite being indicted on 20 criminal counts related to a restaurant he owns, pleaded guilty to one charge of felony tax evasion Tuesday. He'll be sentenced in June; calls for him to leave Congress began Tuesday morning.
Grimm, a former FBI agent who represents Staten Island and south Brooklyn, had previously pleaded not guilty to charges that included mail fraud and perjury.
Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 4:05 pm
Ireland's High Court is hearing a case about a brain-dead woman who has been kept on life support â over the objections of her parents and her partner â so her fetus may have a chance at survival.
"My daughter is dead; the chances of the fetus surviving are minimal, we have been told," the father of the unnamed 20-something-year-old woman told the court today. "I want her to have dignity and be put to rest."
Her father said he was told she had died on Nov. 29.
The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.
When picking up a book before bed, sleepy readers ought to give some thought not just to what they read but also how they read. It doesn't matter how boring the material may be; if you're plodding through it on an e-reader, a new study shows it'll likely be tougher to fall asleep â and to get a good rest while you're at it.
Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 3:49 pm
You're in the supermarket gathering ingredients for eggnog and a Christmas Bundt cake, and you're staring at a wall of egg cartons. They're plastered with terms that all sound pretty wonderful: All-Natural, Cage-Free, Free-Range, Farm Fresh, Organic, No Hormones, Omega-3. And so on.
And yet the longer you stare at them, the more confused you become. You are tired and hungry, so you just grab the cheapest one â or the one with the most adorable chicken illustration â and head for the checkout line.
We have received a bunch of questions about enrolling in Medicare lately. Here are answers to two that came up recently.
My wife has been automatically re-enrolled in a silver policy on the Oklahoma health insurance marketplace. She will turn 65 and be enrolled in Medicare on May 1, 2015. Can she keep her silver policy when she is enrolled in Medicare? And, if she does, will she automatically lose her premium subsidy? Do we have to cancel the policy or will the insurer do it automatically?
Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 4:32 pm
It was late at night one Christmas Eve in the mid-1980s â New York City was a still a murky mix of squalor and grandeur then â when I found myself stranded at a bus stop near 121rd Street after a botched reunion with an ex-girlfriend. The street was empty and quiet and peaceful in a way only Christmas Eve (or apocalyptic blizzards) can manifest.
A man who led a group that beheaded a French journalist has been killed in an attack by Algeria's military. Abdelmalek Gouri had been a wanted criminal in Algeria for nearly 20 years. His Islamic State splinter group claimed responsibility for killing hiker Herve Gourdel in September.
The genre-bending indie-rock band Bombay Bicycle Club formed in North London in 2005. At House Of Blues Boston on Oct. 18, the group put on a high-octane set that spanned its four full-length albums and three EPs. The soldâout Saturday-night crowd witnessed an unforgettable performance â including this rendition of "Feel" from 2014's So Long, See You Tomorrow.
Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 9:48 am
In what may be a first, an appeals court in Argentina has recognized a nonhuman as having basic legal rights. A Buenos Aires judge ruled in favor of advocates who are calling for more freedom for a 28-year-old orangutan who was born in a zoo.
The advocacy group filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus on the orangutan's behalf, which would require proof of a justified detention.