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Vocab-Intensive Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:31

Sesame Workshop's games are designed to help kids learn words and have fun. One New York City educator says it's never too soon to teach tykes that technology can be more than just entertainment.

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Potent Powdered Caffeine Raises Safety Worries

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:28

With two young men dead, the Food and Drug Administration is considering banning sales to consumers of a highly concentrated form of pure caffeine. A lethal overdose is too easy, officials warn.

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Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The A-B-Cs

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:27

A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.

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There And Back Again For U.S. Military In Iraq

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:25

Three years after the U.S. military officially withdrew from Iraq, 2,000 U.S. troops are back restoring the old buildings they'd left behind and renewing former contacts with Iraqi officers.

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Roxane Gay: 2014 Was The Year Of 'Enough Is Enough'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:25

Author Roxane Gay spent 2014 thinking and writing about issues that exposed divides in America over race and gender. She offers her thoughts on some of the year's most-talked-about stories.

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Banish 2014's Woes With Our Stand-Up Comedy Picks

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:23

NPR's Elizabeth Blair polled comedy-industry insiders to find out their favorite jokes of 2014. The results range from supermarket-checkout observations to a historically hysterical take on Oprah.

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Sanctions Intensify Russia's Free Fall Into Economic Crisis

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:22

The Russian economy took a big hit in 2014. The U.S. and other countries imposed economic sanctions after Russia annexed Crimea, but it was falling oil prices that really hurt the country.

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VIDEO: First same-sex weddings in Scotland

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 23:06
Scotland's first same-sex weddings have taken place following a change in the law earlier this month.

VIDEO: A topsy turvy year in politics

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 22:51
The year before a general election is not always full of political excitement, but 2014 has seen the rise of UKIP, the Scottish referendum, and one or two scandals in Westminster.

VIDEO: Trend for high end gin boosts sales

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 22:38
Many revellers will be raising a glass this New Year's Eve, but apparently more and more people are choosing gin as their tipple of choice.

Nuclear secrets in the Australian outback

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 22:11
Australians living with the impact of UK nuclear tests

Toddler Fatally Shoots His Mother At Idaho Wal-Mart

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 22:10

The Kootenai County sheriff's office says the 2-year-old boy, who was seated in a shopping cart, reached into his mother's handbag, found the loaded gun and shot her. She died at the scene.

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Savage: Who needs what in January?

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 22:07
What does each Premier League club need to do in the transfer window? Analysis from BBC football expert Robbie Savage.

VIDEO: Forgotten sporting moments from 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 22:03
BBC Sport looks back over 2014's biggest sporting events and picks out some of the forgotten and more amusing moments.

New Tunisian leader to be sworn in

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 21:36
Tunisian President-elect Beji Caid Essebsi is to take his oath of office after winning the country's first free presidential poll.

Covering Ebola from the front line

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 21:24
The BBC's Umaru Fofana reports on how the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has affected him.

VIDEO: Peshawar attack's traumatised children

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 21:03
BBC Urdu's Saba Eitizaz examines what is being done to help children affected by the Peshawar school shooting and if they can ever heal.

Children 'groomed in every town'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 21:01
Young people are currently being groomed in "every town" in Britain, according to a charity which helps parents of sexually exploited children.

VIDEO: How to map the ocean floor - in 15 secs

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 20:54
Filming the ocean floor around Brazil's tropical island of Fernando de Noronha for Google's underwater Street View.

Blair warning to 'left-wing' Labour

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 20:53
Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair questions whether the party can win the general election next May on a "traditional left-wing" platform.