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Cincinnati Wants A Hippo For Christmas

The Cincinnati Zoo hasn't had a hippopotamus for a long time, but it's building a new exhibit and hopes to acquire a breeding pair. It'll take another $6 million to bring the hippos home, so this year, zookeepers are singing "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" to raise the money. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to zoo director Thane Maynard.

Random Street Assaults: Are They Part Of A Larger Game?

In the last few weeks, stories have emerged about the so-called knockout game, wherein black teenagers are said to assault white strangers and run away. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Code Switch blogger Gene Demby about media coverage of the activity.

Oh My, Ohio! Five States Named 'Most Likely To Curse'

All those customer service calls — the ones where you wait and wait and maybe even swear a little — get recorded. A recent study revealed which states curse a blue streak best. Topping the charts: those salty-mouthed Buckeyes.

Another Partisan Divide: Mitt Romney's Looks

A new study suggests that individual political biases might have caused 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to literally look different to Republicans than Democrats.

Florida State QB Jameis Winston Wins Heisman Trophy

Winston, the country's top-rated passer who led his team to college football's title game in his first season, was named the nation's best collegiate player. The award came just nine days after a Florida prosecutor announced that Winston would not be charged in the alleged rape a of a female student.

Government Pensions Aren't What They Used To Be

The latest budget deal from Washington includes provisions that would make new federal workers contribute more toward their retirement. And changing the rules for public pensions has been happening for a while at the state and local level.

A Woman Takes The Wheel At GM

For the first time, a woman has been named CEO of a major U.S. automotive company. Mary Barra, 51, breaks a glass ceiling in one of the most male-dominated industries in the nation. But women buy more than half the cars in America, so the question is why it took so long.

Iranian Comedian Tries The U.S., Again

British-Iranian comedian and actor Omid Djalili gained a degree of fame in the United States talking about and even joking about issues of terrorism and the Middle East following 9/11. After several years and success in Britain, he's coming back to the States.

In Newtown, Making Promises To Transform A Tragedy

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a group of victim families and others in the community joined together to try to prevent gun violence, and they asked the rest of the world to promise to help. A year after the tragedy, members of Sandy Hook Promise say their efforts to change society are just beginning.

Tug Of Authority Over Legal Gap In Online Privacy

Without one law that mandates security standards, the Federal Trade Commission is stepping in to confront companies that expose their customers to risk online. But then one company fought back, arguing the FTC didn't have the right. So whose responsibility is it to keep your sensitive data safe?