James Franco, left, and Seth Rogen arrive for the premiere of the motion picture comedy "The Interview" Dec. 11 in Los Angeles. The actors' film, a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-Un, was pulled from theaters after a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the studio behind the film. The FBI said the attack was traced back to the North Korean government. Jim Ruymen/UPI/Landov hide caption

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Business

The 5 Business Stories That Made 2014 A Memorable Year

From hack attacks to the bottom falling out of oil, 2014 has been a year of big swings at the top and stagnation at the bottom.

Sister Elizabeth feeding Yoda, a water buffalo calf at the ranch. The nuns bought the buffalo to make mozzarella. Sonja Salzburg/for Harvest Public Media hide caption

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The Salt

Nuns On The Ranch Give A Heavenly Twist To Beef KUNC

At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. "We have kind of a corner on the market" for grass-fed beef, says one sister. "People just kind of believe in it."

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Instead of turning the tree into mulch, the town decorated it and ushered it in with a special town reading of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Ben Allen/WITF hide caption

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Around the Nation

It Just Needed A Little Love: An Ugly Spruce Ties A Town Together WITF

When a shabby-looking, 50-foot "Charlie Brown" Christmas tree went up in the middle of downtown Reading, Pa., around Thanksgiving, many saw it as a metaphor for the city's troubles.

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As a child, Emily Blunt had a stutter that was so bad, she could hardly say her own name. "The misdiagnosis [was] that I was a tense child," Blunt says. "And I wasn't. I was desperate to speak." John Phillips/AP hide caption

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My Big Break

Desperate To Speak: How Emily Blunt Found Her Voice

The actress stars in the new film Into the Woods, in theaters Thursday. On screen she's a natural. But as a kid, she had a stutter so severe she could hardly say her own name.

Martha McCullough shows off a photo of her grandfather, Christmas Moultrie, who was born on the Mulberry Grove Plantation before Gen. Sherman's army burned it down ahead of the capture of Savannah in 1864. Both McCullough and Hugh Golson, a descendant of the plantation's owner, knew Moultrie as children. Carl Elmore/Courtesy Savannah Morning News hide caption

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Race

Bound By A Plantation, Two Georgians Remember A Special Christmas GPB

Gen. Sherman burned the plantation down on his way to Savannah, and now the descendant of the planter and the grandchild of that planter's emancipated slave delight in sharing their story.

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Tunisian voter Dina Ghlisse, 19, displays her finger with the indelible ink mark after voting in La Marsa, on the outskirts of Tunis, on Sunday. More than three years after Tunisia sparked the Arab Spring across the Middle East, the country is choosing a president. Hassene Dridi/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Tunisia, Cradle Of Arab Spring, In Historic Presidential Vote

The election pits interim President Moncef Marzouki against challenger Beji Caid Essebsi, who held a post in the ousted regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

The rellenong manok at La Cocina de Tita Moning, a restaurant in Manila. Chef Suzette Monitnola uses a traditional recipe from the 1930s that belonged to her grandmother. Aurora Almendral for NPR hide caption

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The Salt

A History Lesson On The Philippines, Stuffed In A Christmas Chicken

Rellenong manok is a deboned chicken filled with a jumble of ingredients. If it seems hard to pin down how this dish got all its fillings, it's because of the complexity of Filipino culture.

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