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Testing Revolt In Washington State Brings Feds Into Uncharted Waters

Thu, 2015-07-16 08:03

As Congress debates the future of No Child Left Behind, one state falls short of federal testing requirements.

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Webcast: Sports And Health In America

Thu, 2015-07-16 07:45

What are the obstacles that keep adults off the field? How can sports help keep kids and adults in good health? What are the best ways to encourage more widespread and enduring participation?

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'Consumer Reports' Says Laundry Pods Are Too Risky To Recommend

Thu, 2015-07-16 07:15

More than 6,000 incidents involving children and liquid laundry packets have been reported to poison control centers so far this year. The health problems include respiratory distress and vomiting.

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The Fall Of A Dairy Darling: How Cottage Cheese Got Eclipsed By Yogurt

Thu, 2015-07-16 06:51

Cottage cheese was the yogurt of the mid-20th century: a dairy product for the health-conscious. But it has fallen out of favor, while marketing of — and demand for — yogurt has soared.

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The View From Inside Syria

Thu, 2015-07-16 04:41

Saeed al-Batal is a pseudonym for a Syrian photographer who lives in a rebel area near the capital Damascus. In one of his periodic talks with NPR, he says he has just lost his home again.

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IN PHOTOS: Protests Turn Violent In Greece

Thu, 2015-07-16 04:10

Protesters took to the streets even before the Greek Parliament accepted a new bailout deal that includes tough — and controversial — austerity measures. Some demonstrations turned violent.

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'Go Set A Watchman' Is A Revelation On Race, Not A Disappointment

Thu, 2015-07-16 03:03

If Mockingbird gave us a South that could be read in terms of black and white, Watchman reveals the gray complexity that is the real Dixie.

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George H.W. Bush Falls, Breaks Bone In Neck, But Will Be Fine

Thu, 2015-07-16 02:28

A spokesman said the 41st president fell at his home in Maine. As a precaution he was admitted to a hospital.

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'Buckyballs' Solve Century-Old Mystery About Interstellar Space

Thu, 2015-07-16 01:02

Scientists have long wondered what's in the wispy cloud of gas floating in the space between the stars, absorbing starlight. Turns out it's a form of carbon named after architect Buckminster Fuller.

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Why We Play Sports: Winning Motivates, But Can Backfire, Too

Thu, 2015-07-16 01:02

How we view winning and losing may help shape whether we play sports as adults, some psychologists say. In NPR's recent poll, 56 percent of adults who play sports say winning is important to them.

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Chicken Owners Brood Over CDC Advice Not To Kiss, Cuddle Birds

Thu, 2015-07-16 01:02

The health agency says kissing and cuddling chickens could be contributing to outbreaks of salmonella. But backyard chicken owners aren't about to lay off the birds.

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Can The Agent Orange Act Help Veterans Exposed To Mustard Gas?

Thu, 2015-07-16 01:02

Just like World War II vets who were exposed to mustard gas during secret chemical testing, Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange had trouble obtaining VA benefits — until they got the law changed.

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Is It Possible To Let More People Out Of Prison, And Keep Crime Down?

Thu, 2015-07-16 00:33

California is trying to do just that, though police and advocates for ex-offenders are at odds over whether it will work. The debate is playing out as President Obama is calling for nationwide reform.

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Caitlyn Jenner At ESPYs: Transgender People 'Deserve Your Respect'

Wed, 2015-07-15 20:49

Jenner, who made her transition to becoming a woman public earlier this year, accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the sports ceremony Wednesday night.

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Grand Jury Testimony In Cold War-Era Rosenberg Case Released

Wed, 2015-07-15 15:20

David Greenglass' courtroom testimony helped execute his sister Ethel Rosenberg and her husband, Julius Rosenberg, in 1953. But he later suggested to a reporter it was his own wife who played a role.

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Youth Activists Criticize NAACP For Falling Behind The Times

Wed, 2015-07-15 14:15

The NAACP, the leading civil rights organization for African-Americans, is holding its annual convention at a time when there are growing questions about the group's relevance to a young generation.

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Logo Or No Go? When Campaign Logos Look A Little Too Familiar

Wed, 2015-07-15 14:13

It turns out the stylized "E" in Gov. Scott Walker's campaign logo looks just like the logo of a major eyeglasses company. And he's not the only one who has faced a #logogate.

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Beyond A Bailout: Greece Needs Debt Relief, IMF Says

Wed, 2015-07-15 13:43

Greece is so saddled with debt it probably can't turn its economy around for years, the International Monetary Fund says. But writing down debt would require an OK from Germany, which has opposed it.

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Should Women Be Able To Treat Bladder Infections Themselves?

Wed, 2015-07-15 13:21

It can be pretty miserable waiting to get the urine test when you're sure you've got a bladder infection and just need the antibiotics already. Some doctors think it's time for to let women prescribe.

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Wildfire Worries Rage In Typically 'Wet' Washington State

Wed, 2015-07-15 12:59

Exceptionally dry conditions are fueling major blazes across the Pacific Northwest. A drought and rapid development in Washington mean the state may not be prepared to deal with a long, hot summer.

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