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Why Some Parents Are Sitting Kids Out Of Tests

Thu, 2015-03-05 12:46

Sixty percent of parents think there is too much emphasis on testing. Are they right?

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Edmund Pettus: The Man And Namesake Of The Iconic Selma Bridge

Thu, 2015-03-05 12:36

The distinctive white arches looming over the Edmund Pettus Bridge are in pretty much every photo about the Selma-to-Montgomery marches in Alabama. But many folks don't know about the man the bridge was named for, and like many people, he has a complicated past.

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The Racist History Behind The Iconic Selma Bridge

Thu, 2015-03-05 12:36

The Edmund Pettus Bridge is a sacred place in America's civil rights history. It also was named after a Grand Dragon of the state Ku Klux Klan. There's a strong generational divide on renaming it.

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Boko Haram Takes A Page From ISIS Propaganda Playbook

Thu, 2015-03-05 12:35

The Nigerian Islamist militant group has traded grainy videos for slick productions. This week, Boko Haram posted a video purportedly showing the bodies of two beheaded men accused of spying.

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Cardinal Egan, Ex-Archbishop Of New York, Dies

Thu, 2015-03-05 12:19

The cause was cardiac arrest, the Archdiocese of New York said in a statement. Cardinal Edward Egan was 82.

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Thousands Reportedly Flee Battle For Tikrit

Thu, 2015-03-05 12:01

Iraqi army forces, Shiite militias and Kurdish peshmerga are battling to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from Islamic State extremists.

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A 'Black Tax' At Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton?

Thu, 2015-03-05 11:56

Everyone knows people who attend the CIAA basketball tournament have cash to burn. So why did a Charlotte hotel go out of its way to make sure they spent it?

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Why Is The VP Of Sierra Leone Running The Country By Laptop?

Thu, 2015-03-05 11:27

He quarantined himself because his bodyguard died of Ebola. The virus is still taking a toll, with 81 new cases last week. Maybe it's because people are no longer being careful.

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'Respect The Robot': Giant Robots Oversee Traffic In Kinshasa

Thu, 2015-03-05 11:22

Two giant robots have directed traffic in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2013. This week three others joined them.

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Mass-Market Stocks In Hand-Crafted Goods: Etsy Preps To Go Public

Thu, 2015-03-05 10:38

The e-commerce site, which focuses on quirky, handmade goods, has filed for an IPO. The paperwork reveals a plan to focus more on manufacturing and marketing — but not much suggestion of big profits.

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Study: At 'Rate My Professor,' A Foreign Accent Can Hurt A Teacher's Score

Thu, 2015-03-05 10:24

A recent study found that teachers with Asian-sounding names were given poorer marks, and their accents were the main reason.

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Snow Is Delicious. But Is It Dangerous To Eat?

Thu, 2015-03-05 09:58

Some winter lovers see snow as a local and seasonal specialty that goes well with cream and sugar. But is it more like an adventure in extreme eating? As with many wild foods, it's a bit of both.

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It's World Book Day: Time For Reading Lists And Dress-Up

Thu, 2015-03-05 09:43

Put down that screen: Today's the day to celebrate holding a bound book in your hands. For World Book Day, we bring you a roundup of stories and reading lists.

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Florida Man's Facebook Post Against Employer In Emirates Leads To Jail

Thu, 2015-03-05 09:42

While on vacation in the U.S., Ryan Pate called Abu Dhabi-based Global Aerospace Logistics "backstabbers" and described Arabs as "filthy." He was arrested upon his return. He faces 5 years in prison.

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Ringling Bros. Says No More Circus Elephants By 2018

Thu, 2015-03-05 09:24

The "Greatest Show on Earth" has been under pressure for years from animal rights advocates over its use of Asian elephants in its 5,000 annual shows.

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U.S. Appeals Court Overturns Gag Order In Mine Disaster Case

Thu, 2015-03-05 08:55

Dozens of news organizations, including NPR, appealed after a judge issued the gag order in a criminal case involving ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship and the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

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State Lawmakers Keep Busy While Supreme Court Weighs Obamacare

Thu, 2015-03-05 08:54

Bills concerning health care exchanges are pending in at least 16 states. The measures are split pretty evenly between ones that seek to bolster the exchanges and those that would impede or bar them.

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Plane Skids Off Runway At New York's LaGuardia

Thu, 2015-03-05 07:58

The Delta Air Lines flight inbound from Atlanta slid off the runway and into a fence on the side of the tarmac. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

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Michael Brown's Family Will File Civil Suit Over His Death

Thu, 2015-03-05 07:55

The news comes one day after the Justice Department cleared Wilson in a civil rights probe — and delivered a scathing appraisal of the Ferguson Police Department.

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India Threatens BBC Over Decision To Air Rape Documentary In U.K.

Thu, 2015-03-05 07:38

The government, which has banned the Indian media from broadcasting India's Daughter or even showing clips from it pending an investigation, also ordered YouTube to take down the documentary.

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