A sign posted Wednesday on the box office window at the Sunshine Cinema in New York. The New York premiere of The Interview, a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong Un, has been canceled. Andrew Kelly /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Amid Threats, Major Theater Chains Won't Screen 'The Interview'

News reports say Regal, AMC, Cinemark, Carmike and Cineplex will not screen the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The decision deals a blow to the film, which cost $44 million to make.

Dr. Mohammed Arif helps treat a wounded patient at a field hospital in Kobani, Syria. Most of the clinics in this besieged Syrian border town are now in ruins. Only one still stands, its location kept secret lest it be targeted. Jake Simkin/AP hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Medical Workers In Conflict Zones Have Never Faced Greater Risks

They've always been caught in crossfire. But now they are being singled out as targets. And the worst violence is taking place in Syria.

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All Songs Considered

Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2014

The results are in! St. Vincent's self-titled album was by far the most popular record in our listener poll for the best music of 2014. On this week's All Songs Considered, we count down the Top 25.

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Around the Nation

For Crop-Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger KRCU

Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop-duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.

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Shots - Health News

Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.

Halal jamón products made with lamb and beef inside the Balkis Gourmet curing room in Cumbres Mayores in Andalusia, Spain. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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The Salt

At Last, Muslims Can Savor A Halal Spin On Spain's Famous Jamón

Authentic jamón ibérico from free-range pigs fed on acorns is a key Spanish food that observant Muslims can't enjoy. But a Tunisian emigre is now making halal ham from lamb and beef in southern Spain.

Saudi Arabian women wear their traditional face covering, the niqab, at a coffee and chocolate exhibition in the capital Riyadh on Monday. A prominent religious figure said on Twitter that the face veil is not mandatory, sparking a heated national debate. Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

A Tweet On Women's Veils, Followed By Raging Debate In Saudi Arabia

A prominent ultra-conservative figure says that face veils for women are not mandatory. Now everyone is weighing in on the hottest topic in the kingdom.

Pallbearers wearing anti-bullying T-shirts carry the casket of Rebecca Sedwick,12, to a waiting hearse in September 2013 as they exit the Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow, Fla. Brian Blanco/AP hide caption

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Law

Should Parents Be Legally Responsible For Children's Serious Crimes?

Laws across the U.S. make parents liable for small transgressions, but what about larger ones, like when cyberbullies drive a teen to suicide? One prominent attorney is pushing for a law in Florida.

Sandra Lopez (left) and her dog Coco greeting hospice nurse Heather Meyerend last fall. In the weeks before Lopez died, Meyerend stopped by weekly to check her physical health, pain levels and medications. Amy Pearl/WNYC hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice WNYC

Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back a normal life — at peace, pain subdued.

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