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Safety Of Ukraine's Presidential Election In Doubt In The East

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 03:37

Ukraine votes next week in a presidential election, but there's still separatist unrest in the east. NPR's Corey Flintoff tells NPR's Lynn Neary how a local oligarch restored peace in one city.

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Poverty, A Frustrating Mix Of Bad Choices And Bad Luck

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 03:37

Stories about poverty can evoke strong reactions, in part because Americans are conflicted about the topic. Both bad circumstances and bad choices can be the cause.

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How A Conservative Darling Could Lose His Conservative State

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 03:03

Sam Brownback's reelection as the GOP governor of Kansas might have been a slam dunk, but he's managed to anger enough constituency groups — including some Republicans — that now he faces a real race.

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Do We Need This Government Agency? 'Let Me Google That'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 01:30

Why would anyone pay for something when the exact same thing is available for free? That's the question asked of an obscure federal agency pursuing a Cold War mission in the age of the search engine.

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The Merits Of Income Inequality: What's The Right Amount?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 01:29

Economists say too much income inequality is a bad thing. But they also say some inequality is necessary, and even good for society. Here are suggestions for finding that balance.

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Intriguing Lime Green Blobs Appear In The Andes Mountains. Are They Alive?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 01:27

It's dry. Empty. Rocks everywhere. About 10,000 feet up in the Andes. Then, all of a sudden you see an enormous, lime green, tasty-looking lump. Should you lick it?

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Public college presidents get big paychecks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sat, 2014-05-17 23:20

College grads might be having a tough time landing jobs these days, but college presidents are doing pretty well for themselves. That's according to a new survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education on executive pay at public colleges.

"Their pay seems to have been more or less impervious to the recent downturns we've seen in the economy," says Jack Stripling, lead reporter on the Chronicle's college president pay report.

The media group says the typical college president pulled in about $480,000 in total compensation in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Nine presidents of the 256 public college leaders surveyed by the Chronicle had total compensation packages that topped $1-million. The highest-earning president was E. Gordon Gee, who ran Ohio State University during the period in question. His total compensation exceeded $6-million. Gee is now president at West Virgina University.

Such big pay packages may raise hackles at a time when schools are charging more for tuition and using cheap, adjunct faculty. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus at the George Washington University, says college faculty likely do need a pay bump. But he says that's a separate issue.

"You don't have to make the case that presidents are overpaid in order to make the case that faculty are underpaid," he says.

Trachtenberg argues that college presidents earn their big paychecks by bringing in lots of money in tough fundraising environments.

But Michael Dannenberg, director of higher education and education finance policy with the Education Trust, says public college presidents should have some relationship to graduation rates.

"We have pretty high compensation levels at many institutions with disturbingly low performance when it comes to student success," he says.

The Chronicle of Higher Education's survey reveals that in many cases, presidents are not the top earners at public colleges. Its analysis finds that of the public college faculty earnig more than $1-million in fiscal year 2012-2013, 70 percent were coaches.

Lao Defense Chief, 4 Others Killed In Plane Crash

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 18:33

Lao defense chief, 4 others killed in plane crash

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California Chrome Wins Preakness; On Course For Triple Crown

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 14:43

If California Chrome wins the Belmont Stakes in June, he will become the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since 1978.

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Times Publisher: Abramson Storyline 'Shallow And Factually Incorrect'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 13:44

In a statement New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. defended the sacking of the executive editor of the venerable publication.

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Reports: Obama Considering San Antonio Mayor As HUD Secretary

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 13:10

In a cabinet shuffle, Obama is considering tapping the Democratic rising star Julían Castro to lead HUD and moving the incumbent, Shaun Donovan, to the Office of Management and Budget.

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Southern Baptist Leaders Seek Softer Approach To Homosexuality

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 13:07

Though the denomination still considers homosexuality a sin, some leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention are telling pastors to rein in harsh rhetoric and accept that gay people are in their pews.

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Veterans Advocate Says He Fears Loss Of Faith In VA

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 13:07

Veteran Tom Tarantino says allegations of delayed health care for veterans should be taken more seriously. But he says the care can be great, "once you actually get in" the system.

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Filtering A New Idea: A Book That's Educational And 'Drinkable'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 13:07

Improving access to clean water can reduce the spread of diarrheal diseases in developing countries. The "Drinkable Book" should help: It has water safety tips and each page works as a filter.

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MERS Virus Appears To Have Jumped From Human To Human In U.S.

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 12:27

An Illinois man is the third known case of MERS infection in the U.S. He was apparently infected after visiting an Indiana man who contracted the virus abroad.

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Miss Beazley, Former First Dog, Keeper Of Bush Cats, Dies

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 11:42

George and Laura Bush said even though Barney received all the attention, Miss Beazley "never held a grudge against him."

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Doctors' Ignorance Stands In The Way Of Care For The Disabled

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 10:13

Nearly 20 percent of Americans have physical or mental disabilities, yet only a small fraction of medical schools teach students how to talk with disabled patients about their needs.

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High On Tea Party Hit List, Idaho Congressman Looks To Hold On

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 10:12

GOP Rep. Mike Simpson has a pretty solidly conservative voting record. But he's still facing a tough Tea Party primary challenge in a race marked by millions of dollars in outside spending.

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In Photos: India's Prime Minister-Elect Receives Hero's Welcome In Delhi

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 09:44

The election of Narendra Modi is historic, marking a shift away from a party that has dominated politics in the world's largest democracy.

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Holder: Subtle Racism Is Greater Threat Than 'Outbursts Of Bigotry'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 07:33

On the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Attorney General Eric Holder and first lady Michelle Obama said racism is still alive and there is work yet to be done.

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