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4:41 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Fracking Pioneer Helped Boost U.S. Energy Independence

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 4:42 pm

George Mitchell, the "father of hydraulic fracturing," passed away earlier this year. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold about Mitchell's invention and his somewhat progressive environmental views.

The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Air Evacuation Is Being Considered For Antarctic Passengers

Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy is trapped in thick Antarctic ice, 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia.
Andrew Peacock AP

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 3:50 pm

The crew and expedition leaders aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy are considering an air evacuation of the passengers on board the ship, which is stuck in Antarctic ice.

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The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

French High Court OKs 75 Percent Tax For Top Earners

French President Fran├žois Hollande.
Lionel Bonaventure AFP/Getty Images

Employers paying French citizens more than 1 million euros a year ($1.37 million) will have to pay a 75 percent tax for the next two years, France's top constitutional court ruled on Sunday.

As Bloomberg reports, the millionaire tax was a campaign promise from French President Fran├žois Hollande. Bloomberg adds:

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The Two-Way
1:35 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Lebanese Ambassador To U.S. Remembered As A Voice For Moderation

A Lebanese woman chants slogans against Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, during the funeral of Mohamad Chatah, a senior aide to former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who was assassinated on Friday by a car bomb.
Bilal Hussein AP

After the former Lebanese ambassador to the United States was killed on Friday, analysts wondered if it was a sign that the war in Syria is spreading to Lebanon. NPR's Rima Marrouch attended Mohamad Chatah's funeral in Beirut Sunday and sent us this report.

Amidst tight security, the former Lebanese Ambassador to the United States Mohamad Chatah was laid to rest today in Beirut.

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Parallels
12:44 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Years Of Turmoil Weigh On Beirut As Syria Strains Lebanon

Lebanese security forces and firefighters inspect the scene of a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on Friday.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 29, 2013 1:54 pm

As satellite trucks were pulling up to the site of a massive car bomb in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday, Jihad Kalaajii was quietly salvaging what he could from his antique shop, loading 300-year-old framed calligraphy and volumes of Islamic poetry into the back seat of his car.

"These things show what we were before," he says, gesturing to one of the 100-year-old manuscripts. "And imagine where we are now; imagine the degradation."

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