Katie Clapp shares a laugh with her son Andy Tranfaglia, 25, at their home in West Newbury, Mass. Andy has a rare genetic condition called Fragile X. Ellen Webber for NPR hide caption

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Shots - Health News

A Family's Long Search For Fragile X Drug Finds Frustration, Hope

There is no effective treatment for the rare genetic disorder fragile X syndrome, so two parents created a foundation to fund research. But they found there's no easy road to a cure.

People sing as they take part in a prayer vigil at the site where two police officers were shot to death in the Brooklyn borough of New York this weekend. Carlow Allegri/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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De Blasio Urges Halt To Protests As Funerals For Officers Are Held

The shooting of two officers has exposed fault lines in the relationship between the New York City mayor and the city's police department.

Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting with cardinals and bishops of the Curia at the Vatican on Monday. The pope said the Curia suffered from "spiritual Alzheimer's" and careerism. Andreas Solaro/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican's Bureaucrats

He accused the Curia, which oversees the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, of "spiritual Alzheimer's" and careerism. Francis has made reforming the Vatican a major part of his agenda.

Carp is a holiday mainstay in several central European nations. Traditionally kept in the bathtub, the fish can become a sort of family pet for a day or two, before becoming dinner. Here, a street vendor shows a carp to customers in downtown Prague in December 2012. FIilip Singer/EPA hide caption

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In Slovakia, Christmas Dinner Starts In The Bathtub

Christmas carp is a holiday mainstay in many central European nations. Traditionally, it swims in the family tub for a day or two, sometimes becoming a sort of pet before it ends up on the plate.

Workers remove a poster for The Interview from a billboard in Hollywood, Calif., after Sony canceled the movie's Christmas release due to a terrorist threat. The hacking of Sony's networks has sparked a war of words between the U.S. and North Korea. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Calling U.S. A 'Cesspool,' North Korea Warns Against Escalation

North Korea's National Defense Commission, which is headed by the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, said its military was ready to fight America "in all war spaces including cyber warfare space."

James Franco, left, and Seth Rogen arrive for the premiere of the motion picture comedy "The Interview" Dec. 11 in Los Angeles. The actors' film, a comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-Un, was pulled from theaters after a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the studio behind the film. The FBI said the attack was traced back to the North Korean government. Jim Ruymen/UPI/Landov hide caption

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Business

The 5 Business Stories That Made 2014 A Memorable Year

From hack attacks to the bottom falling out of oil, 2014 has been a year of big swings at the top and stagnation at the bottom.

A Milwaukee prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a police officer who shot and killed Donte Hamilton in April. Here, Maria Hamilton holds posters used in rallies that vent frustrations about the death of her son. M.L. Johnson/AP hide caption

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Milwaukee Prosecutor Won't Seek Charges In Police Shooting

Officer Christopher Manney was attempting to frisk Dontre Hamilton when he woke up and grabbed the officer's baton. Manney shot Hamilton 14 times.

A member of the activist group Women in White is arrested during a demonstration to commemorate Human Rights Day in downtown Havana, on Dec. 10. Members of the opposition movement say they feel betrayed by the U.S. decision to restore ties with Cuba's communist regime. Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Cuba's Jews, Catholics Have Very Different Takes On The U.S. Thaw

The country's tiny Jewish community is embracing the breakthrough. But some Catholics feel betrayed by President Obama's overtures to Cuba's communist government.

Martha McCullough shows off a photo of her grandfather, Christmas Moultrie, who was born on the Mulberry Grove Plantation before Gen. Sherman's army burned it down ahead of the capture of Savannah in 1864. Both McCullough and Hugh Golson, a descendant of the plantation's owner, knew Moultrie as children. Carl Elmore/Courtesy Savannah Morning News hide caption

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Race

Bound By A Plantation, Two Georgians Remember A Special Christmas GPB

Gen. Sherman burned the plantation down on his way to Savannah, and now the descendant of the planter and the grandchild of that planter's emancipated slave delight in sharing their story.

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Tunisian voter Dina Ghlisse, 19, displays her finger with the indelible ink mark after voting in La Marsa, on the outskirts of Tunis, on Sunday. More than three years after Tunisia sparked the Arab Spring across the Middle East, the country is choosing a president. Hassene Dridi/AP hide caption

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Tunisia, Cradle Of Arab Spring, In Historic Presidential Vote

The election pits interim President Moncef Marzouki against challenger Beji Caid Essebsi, who held a post in the ousted regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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