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How Bicycles Are Helping To Heal Rwanda

Fri, 2015-05-08 12:34

This weekend, an Olympic-qualifying race will be held in Rwanda. It's a sign of how bikes are changing the country's image — and how Africa is making inroads in the Western-dominated cycling world.

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A Bitter Goodbye: Sweet Briar College Closes Its Doors

Fri, 2015-05-08 12:30

Despite some legal challenges, the Virginia school is closing — after more than 100 years of teaching women.

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As Ebola Leaves Liberia, Measles Make A Forceful Comeback

Fri, 2015-05-08 12:30

Ebola put the country's immunization program on pause. Now officials are launching a nationwide vaccination campaign to stop the largest measles outbreak the country has seen in years.

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Oil Companies Look To Fill Employment Gap With More Women

Fri, 2015-05-08 12:30

Less than 20 percent of oil-sector workers are women. That's a problem for an industry that needs legions of new workers to replace retirees. So firms are looking to draw more women into the field.

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Ore Price Collapse Hits Minnesota's 'Iron Range'

Fri, 2015-05-08 12:30

Prices are about one-fourth what they were in 2011. A drop in global demand, especially in China, has triggered layoffs in northern Minnesota's mines and the effects are being felt around the region.

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Justice Dept. Hopes Police Investigation Will Create A 'Stronger' Baltimore

Fri, 2015-05-08 12:15

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that an investigation into the city's police department will focus on allegations of excessive force, unlawful searches and discriminatory policing.

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For Chinese Tourists Behaving Badly, A Government Blacklist

Fri, 2015-05-08 12:15

The Chinese have earned a reputation as some of the world's rudest travelers. Now, the government has enacted new rules that include a list of the worst offenders.

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ABC Brings Muppets Back To Prime Time As News Emerges About Fall Shows

Fri, 2015-05-08 11:53

TV networks officially reveal fall schedules next week, but word has already spread on some new shows and cancellations. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says early trends include more diversity, big names.

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We're In The Age Of Noah And Emma: Most Popular Baby Names Of 2014

Fri, 2015-05-08 11:40

New arrivals in the top 10 include James and Charlotte, the Social Security Administration says.

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Snowden: Ruling Against NSA 'Extraordinarily Encouraging'

Fri, 2015-05-08 11:39

The whistleblower, speaking from Russia, said the importance of the ruling against the U.S. surveillance program he helped uncover "can't be overstated."

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At Russia's Huge WWII Remembrance, An Absence Of Western Leaders

Fri, 2015-05-08 11:34

A decade ago, President George W. Bush was among the Western leaders who visited Moscow for the occasion. Today, the event highlights the friction between Russia and the West.

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Would More Trade Help The Job Market Run Faster Or Trip It Up?

Fri, 2015-05-08 11:33

Friday's jobs report showed tepid wage growth in April. Hours after its release, President Obama gave a speech arguing that a new trade deal would strengthen the labor market. Opponents disagree.

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Would Lower Shoe Tariffs Actually Encourage American Jobs?

Fri, 2015-05-08 10:52

Nike says lower tariffs in a proposed Asia-Pacific trade deal would allow it to support thousands of domestic jobs. But the potential relief is a fraction of current footwear tariffs.

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Promises, Promises: Is Big Food Marketing Less Junk To Kids On TV?

Fri, 2015-05-08 09:58

Back in 2006, food-industry giants pledged to market only "better-for-you" foods to children. A new study concludes they kept to the letter of that pledge, but not the spirit.

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Spanish Customs Officials Foil Attempt To Smuggle Boy In Suitcase

Fri, 2015-05-08 09:30

An 8-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast was found curled up in a suitcase Thursday, foiling an attempt to smuggle him into Spanish territory. His father was later arrested.

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Move Over Mount Rushmore, There's Another Club Of Presidents

Fri, 2015-05-08 09:19

President Obama's visit to South Dakota will allow him to brag that he has set foot in each of the 50 states — only three other U.S. presidents can make that claim.

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Tropical Storm Warning Issued For The Carolinas

Fri, 2015-05-08 09:18

Subtropical storm Ana is expected to make landfall Saturday evening. The area is forecast to receive 45 mph winds and up to 6 inches of rain.

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What's In A Name? Band Founder Fights Government To Retain 'The Slants'

Fri, 2015-05-08 09:04

Simon Tam, the founder and bassist of The Slants, has spent six years trying to register his group's name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says the name disparages Asians.

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Rescued From Boko Haram: How Can They Reclaim Their Lives?

Fri, 2015-05-08 08:10

The women and children may have been beaten and raped. Some are pregnant. But a researcher who's worked with former captives says with the right support and treatment, there's hope.

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Despite Recent Measles Outbreak, Resistance To Vaccinations Persists

Fri, 2015-05-08 07:51

Childhood vaccination remains a potent public health weapon against the spread of many illnesses, including measles. But an NPR poll finds objections and worries about vaccination remain, too.

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