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Adnan Syed Courtesy of Serial hide caption

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Monkey See

Sarah Koenig On 'Serial': 'I Think Something Went Wrong With This Case'

Serial, the hugely popular (and sometimes controversial) podcast spun off from This American Life, wraps up its first season today. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Serial creator Sarah Koenig.

Cuban President Fidel Castro (left) and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Barinas, Venezuela, in 2000. The two formed a close partnership, which has continued with their successors. However, the prospect of normal ties between the U.S. and Cuba may also have an impact on relations between Cuba and Venezuela. Jose Goitia/AP hide caption

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In Latin America, Not Everyone Is Thrilled With The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

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Leslie Roeder of New York City cheers outside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office on Wednesday after the state announced a ban on hydraulic fracturing. Andrew Kelly/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

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A bus travels through downtown Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Meridith Kohut/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Hello, I'm Calling From 'La Mafia'

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A surge in popularity of L.L. Bean boots has the Maine company scrambling to fill orders. Murray Carpenter/NPR hide caption

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New Popularity Of L.L. Bean Boots Sparks Scramble To Fill Orders

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President Obama announces changes to U.S. policy on Cuba, including relaxing restrictions on U.S. banking in the country, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Doug Mills / Pool/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Opportunity, Caution Seen For U.S. Banks As Cuba Rules Ease

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