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Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

Fri, 2014-09-19 07:17

The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.

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Iran's 'Happy' Dancers Receive Suspended Sentences

Fri, 2014-09-19 06:44

Seven young Iranians were arrested in May for producing their own version of the Pharrell Williams song "Happy." Iranian authorities said the video, which went viral, offended public morals.

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Around The World In 8 Hospital Meals

Fri, 2014-09-19 06:14

From tasty tempura to gross gruel, hospital meals across the globe vary wildly. Highbrow institutions in China and India have long served top-notch food. U.S. hospitals are starting to follow suit.

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Scotland's Vote Could Bring Big Changes To England, Wales, N. Ireland

Fri, 2014-09-19 06:11

British Prime Minister David Cameron says now that voters in Scotland have rejected independence, he is committed to giving more powers not only to Scotland, but also to the rest of the U.K.

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Why 'Is Corporal Punishment Abuse?' Is Such A Loaded Question

Fri, 2014-09-19 06:03

An NFL star's indictment on child abuse charges has reignited a national debate about parents using corporal punishment. But how people feel about this issue is tied to some very personal questions.

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Fla. Man Kills 6 Grandchildren, Daughter Before Suicide

Fri, 2014-09-19 05:05

The shooter, Don Spirit, 51, had done time in prison on firearms violations in connection with the shooting death of his 8-year-old son during a 2001 hunting accident.

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French Jets Conduct First Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq

Fri, 2014-09-19 04:27

President Francois Hollande says the Rafale fighters "entirely destroyed" a logistics depot. His office said more air operations against Islamic State militants would be conducted in coming days.

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As Scotland Rejects Independence, Cameron Promises More Autonomy

Fri, 2014-09-19 03:08

At final count, the "no" votes won by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. The British prime minister said it had settled the question "for a generation."

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How NASA's New Spaceships Stack Up

Fri, 2014-09-19 00:20

Earlier this week, NASA awarded two contracts for new spaceships to commercial companies. Here's how they compare.

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Scientist IDs Bodies Of Migrants, Helping Families Find Closure

Fri, 2014-09-19 00:18

Lori Baker uses DNA samples to track down the loved ones of immigrants who died on their journeys. "I would love not to do this anymore, but I don't think I have it in me not to," she says.

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Congress Quietly Extends The Budget — Past Election Day, Anyway

Fri, 2014-09-19 00:15

Since the GOP retook the House, the chamber once brought the country to the brink of a debt default and once shut down the government. But in election years, including this one, there's no such drama.

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Some On Staten Island Opt For Buyout Of 'Houses That Don't Belong'

Fri, 2014-09-19 00:13

As part of the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy, New York's plan is to buy and demolish hundreds of homes on Staten and Long islands and let nature return as a barrier to future storm surges.

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Voters In Scotland Reject Independence With Unprecedented Turnout

Thu, 2014-09-18 21:45

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent against independence.

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In Scotland History Is Made... But At A Golf Club

Thu, 2014-09-18 15:56

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews voted to allow women for the first time in its 260 year history.

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In Sierra Leone, A Lockdown ... Or A Time To Reflect?

Thu, 2014-09-18 14:41

Sierra Leoneans scramble for supplies as a three-day, countrywide lockdown approaches. International medical professionals doubt the move will do much to halt the spread of Ebola.

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Senate Approves Measure To Arm And Train Syrian Rebels

Thu, 2014-09-18 14:37

The measure, approved in rare bipartisan fashion by both chambers, is now headed to President Obama's desk.

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A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?

Thu, 2014-09-18 14:00

Health leaders now say the Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. That means, if nothing changes in the next few weeks, we could see at least 60,000 Ebola cases by the end of 2014.

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Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway!

Thu, 2014-09-18 13:52

NPR's Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.

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A Coastal Paradise Confronts Its Watery Future

Thu, 2014-09-18 13:49

With rising seas, cities like Satellite Beach, Fla., are debating options: defend the shoreline to avoid destruction, or retreat, withdrawing homes and businesses from the water's edge.

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Court Says Navy Investigators Illegally Scan Civilian Computers

Thu, 2014-09-18 13:29

At issue is a Navy investigation that snagged a civilian trading in child porn. The appeals court said the actions violated the Posse Comitatus Act, which bars the military from enforcing state laws.

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