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Pregame Analysis: The Coming Federal Education Debate

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 05:13

So, what to expect if Congress takes up the long-overdue rewrite of the main federal education law? We talk to some of the players.

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Merkel Hopes To Dissuade Obama From Arming Ukraine

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 04:58

The German chancellor and her French counterpart, Francois Hollande, want to keep Washington from arming the rebels as part of a peace deal they are trying to forge.

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Birders Predict Another Snowy Owl 'Irruption'

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 03:55

In 2014, ornithologists documented the largest numbers in a century of snowy owls wintering unusually far south. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Talkin' Birds host Ray Brown about this year's numbers.

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American Hostage's Parents Say They Hope She Is Alive

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 03:55

ISIS claims American hostage Kayla Mueller is dead. The U.S. government says that's unconfirmed. Still, her family is acknowledging for the first time that it is their daughter who's been held.

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Social Media Pages Give Vivid Glimpses Into Ukraine Conflict

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 03:55

Ukrainians are documenting the conflict with Russia online. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Wall Street Journal's Paul Sonne about how once-lighthearted websites have become grim logs of destruction.

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Ukraine Crisis Tops Agenda At Munich Conference

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 03:55

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry are planning to meet with European leaders to discuss the crisis in Ukraine during this year's Munich Security Conference.

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Jordan Signals Aggressive Campaign Against ISIS

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 03:55

NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Washington Post's David Ignatius from the Munich Security Conference about Jordan's response to the group known as ISIS and the worsening situation in Ukraine.

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Jordan Rejects ISIS Claim That Strike Killed American Hostage

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 03:55

The group calling itself the Islamic State says a Jordanian airstrike killed an American hostage. U.S. officials say there's no evidence to support the claim, and Jordan calls it a "propaganda stunt."

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Rich In Oil, Venezuela Is Now Poor In Most Everything Else

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 03:55

Venezuela's president has responded to a worsening economic crisis by imposing even more controls. A long-time pasta producer says prices are so low, the more pasta he makes, the more money he loses.

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In Puerto Rico, Health Overhaul Gets An Incomplete

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 03:55

The U.S. territory implemented an unusual version of the Affordable Care Act. Insurers must offer coverage to everyone. But there's no mandate for people to buy it, and there are no subsidies to help.

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To Get To Zero Ebola Cases, It'll Cost A Lot: Roughly $1.5 Billion

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 03:03

A new U.N. report lays out how much money is needed and where it should go — everything from transportation for contact tracers to cash incentives for health care workers.

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Family Of U.S. Hostage Held By ISIS Hopeful She Is Alive

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 02:49

Kayla Jean Mueller's parents released a statement late Friday. Jordan called ISIS's claim "criminal propaganda;" U.S. officials say they can't confirm her death.

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 01:34

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-07 01:34

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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Brief Cease-Fire In Ukraine Lets Civilians Escape Renewed Fighting

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 21:14

Buses were allowed to carry people out of harm's way during a stay of hostilities, which have displaced some 1.6 million. Talks between Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are to continue Sunday.

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University Of California System Will Require Measles Vaccine For New Students

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 15:27

The university said the plan had been in the works for a year. But the current measles outbreak makes it more "pressing."

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Huffington Post Bets People Will Read Good News — And Share It, Too

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 15:02

Arianna Huffington says readers need more positive news coverage, so her site is launching an effort focused on good stories. Their shareability may make "What Works" a smart business move, too.

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