Terri Van Keuren (from left), Rick Shoup and Pamela Farrell, children of Col. Harry Shoup, commander of the Continental Air Defense Command, visited StoryCorps in Castle Rock, Colo., to talk about how their dad helped to create the U.S. military's Santa Tracker. StoryCorps hide caption

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NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

It all started in 1955 with a misprint in a Colorado newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret military hotline. Shoup played along with the tiny voice who called, and a tradition was born.

A Pakistani health worker administers a polio vaccine to a child during a campaign in the northern city of Rawalpindi. Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pakistan Keeps On Vaccinating Despite Tough Terrain And Terror Threat

Just getting a measles vaccine to a child in Pakistan was once an impossible dream. Despite many obstacles, health workers have made great progress in stopping infectious diseases.

A review panel says changes are needed at the Secret Service — along with a better fence at the White House. Here, members of the Secret Service uniformed division stand in front of the White House. Kevin Dietsch/UPI /Landov hide caption

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In List Of Changes For Secret Service, A New Fence Comes First

An independent review panel calls for changes ranging from a better fence at the White House to a new approach to training and leadership within the Secret Service.

An international police force (of puppets) won't be coming to a theater near you, as theaters have reportedly been told not to screen the film Team America, in response to the cancellation of The Interview. Melinda Sue Gordon/AP/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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'Team America' Is Benched: Won't Return To Theaters, Reports Say

Some U.S. theaters said they'd screen the movie in response to the cancellation of the release of The Interview. Both films make light of North Korea and its leader.

Fidel Castro and Vice President Richard Nixon after a nearly 2 1/2-hour meeting in Washington on April 19, 1959. Castro described the meeting, scheduled for 15 minutes, as "very friendly." Less than two years later, the U.S. severed ties with Cuba. AP hide caption

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5 Defining Moments In The U.S.-Cuba Relationship

President Obama says the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations, which were severed in 1961. Here are images that highlight the decades of tense relations.

In diverse workplaces and classrooms — such as this one at Connections Education in Baltimore — recent research suggests that adhering to standards of political correctness can actually boost, rather than inhibit, the generation of fresh ideas. Tom Dubanowich/PR Newswire hide caption

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When Working In Mixed Groups, Staying P.C. Boosts Productivity Ozy.com

Research shows that setting clear guidelines for how women and men interact removes uncertainty and makes it easier to exchange ideas. It's unnecessary clutter in single-gender groups, however.

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Banana growers at a market on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on Sept. 30, 2013. Cuba currently imports few fruits and vegetables from the U.S., but the American Farm Bureau says the change in relations may allow for new trade opportunities. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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