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Obama Says U.S. Will Never Recognize Crimea's Secession Vote

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 00:10

A day after Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine, the U.S. and its Western allies were expected to announce sanctions against Russia.

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Paying For College: No Easy Answers For Many Families

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 23:59

After adjusting for inflation, the cost of tuition more than tripled between 1973 and 2013. That reality has been forcing more and more students to take on staggering debts.

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Abercrombie? Aeropostale? That's so 2012.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sun, 2014-03-16 23:50

The once-popular Aeropostale  is closing stores and has posted losses for the past five quarters. It's not alone. A raft of stores that target the youth market, including Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle, are also hurting. Retail anaylsts say a handful of factors are affecting sales.

First, Aeropostale has increased competition from fast-fashion stores like Uniqlo, Forever 21 and H&M. Young people seem to prefer European-inspired clothing to the logo-branded hoodies and T-shirts favored by teens in decades past. 

The electronics sector is also competing for youth dollars, with smart phones, tablets and movie and music purchases eating up a bigger part of the teen budget.

Finally, the shrinking labor market has hit teenagers, and their parents, hard. The Brookings Institution said this week that youth employment is its lowest since World War II.

Uniform Rule May Keep Religious Americans From Military Service

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 13:55

Observant Sikhs need to get an exemption in order to keep maintain long hair and beards. One service member who is Sikh says the application process has a chilling effect on those who want to serve.

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Westboro Baptist Founder Is 'On The Edge Of Death,' Son Says

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 13:01

Fred Phelps is in hospice care and has been excommunicated from the church he founded in Topeka, his son Nathan wrote in a statement he posted to Facebook Saturday night.

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Photo Identification: The 'Best And Worst Way' To ID People

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 12:00

How reliably can we find the fakes? A new study says the more forgeries people come across, the better they are at spotting them. But there are multiple traps that can cloud screeners' judgment.

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Kansas Legislature Scolds Itself Over Slew Of Contentious Bills

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 12:00

From spanking children to denying service to gay couples, legislation in Kansas has been stirring up controversy. Some lawmakers argue their colleagues are drifting from the important issues.

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Parenting In The Age Of Apps: Is That iPad Help Or Harm?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 12:00

With tablet technology still relatively new, pediatricians are trying to understand how interactive media affects children.

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Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 10:14

A group of physicists banned PowerPoint from forums, and they're aren't the only people who say we should cut back on slide-based presentations: Others include Amazon, LinkedIn and NASA.

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Wife And Mother: 'You'd Never Suspect My Junkie Past'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 09:35

I feel no shame when I say I'm a recovering addict. The battle has made me a warrior. As someone lucky to survive, I want to tell others not to give up.

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New York Ukrainians Worry About 'Evil' Happenings at Home

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 09:10

Tens of thousands of Russians and Ukrainians live in New York City, and many with close ties to their countries are on edge over what's happening back home.

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Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 08:56

Protests continue to rock Venezuela as peaceful marches have turned violent.The list of grievances — rising crime, inflation — is long, but the main one for many is the scarcity of basic food.

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Attacks Over Crimea Play Out In Virtual Arena; Websites Hit

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 08:44

Some of the serious clashes between Russia and Ukraine are being carried out online. Crimea's referendum website was hit Sunday.

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Flight 370: Investigators Seek Help, Motive For Jet's Disappearance

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 07:11

The search area for the Boeing 777 was widely expanded Saturday; investigators are now asking more than a dozen nations to help find the jetliner that went missing last weekend.

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Saudi Aid Boost To Syrian Rebels Puts Jordan At Risk

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 06:47

Convoys of humanitarian aid trucks from Saudi Arabia are rolling through Jordan toward Syria. That puts Jordan in a precarious situation on the front line of the war.

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Gunmen Raid Nigerian Villages, Killing More Than 100 People

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 05:02

New violence has erupted in a dispute over grazing land, as officials say an attack on several villages has killed more than 100 people.

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Authors Tighten Up Their Stories For Twitter Fiction Festival

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 04:00

Can fiction really be told in 140 characters or less? NPR's Rachel Martin asks best-selling author Brad Meltzer, who participated in this year's Twitter Fiction Festival, that very question.

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Tsunami's Ghosts Haunt Japanese Earthquake Survivors

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 04:00

After the 2011 tsunami in Japan, there was a jump in the number of people believing they were possessed. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Richard Lloyd Parry of The Times of London about this story.

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Sergeant To Receive Long-Overdue Medal Of Honor

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 04:00

Melvin Morris served two tours of duty in Vietnam, but because of his race he didn't receive the Medal of Honor. Morris talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the award he'll receive from President Obama.

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Ukrainians Wary Of Putin's Designs On Their Country

NPR News - Sun, 2014-03-16 04:00

People in Kiev are closely watching the referendum results in Crimea, amid fears that Russia plans further action in eastern Ukraine. Some residents are preparing for war.

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