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WATCH LIVE AT 1:30 PM: Obama Gives Year End News Conference

GPB News will livestream the President's remarks to the media at which he'll face questions about Cuba, the Sony hacking scandal and working with a Republican Congress.

How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

We have the chemical menthol to thank for the wonderful mouth-feel of peppermint. Scientists now know that menthol fools the brain by activating receptors involved with sensing cold.

Education Dept. Issues Framework For New College Rating System

The draft plan indicates that such factors as access, affordability and student outcomes will be key to the system first announced by President Obama in 2013.

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

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.

FIFA Votes To Release At Least Some Of The Controversial World Cup Report

Soccer's governing body also announced that it would not revisit the bidding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, because there were no legal grounds to do so.

When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

In exchange for tax breaks, nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients. But some hospitals seize wages from poor patients with unpaid bills even those who qualify for reduced-cost care.

Thailand Says It Was Unaware Of CIA 'Black Site' On Its Soil

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha says the U.S. never told Thai officials of the existence of a safe house where top al-Qaida operatives were allegedly subjected to torture.

7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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