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Here's Where Emoji Skin-Tone Colors Come From

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 12:42

Apple will be rolling out with a more diverse set of emojis with browner — and yellower — skin tones. Here's the science behind how they come up with the colors.

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Little-Known Laws Help Sex-Trafficking Victims Clear Criminal Records

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 12:38

"I'm not ever going to forget what I've done," says a woman once convicted of prostitution. "But, at the same time, I don't want it thrown in my face every time I'm trying to seek employment."

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Younger Women Hesitate To Say They're Having A Heart Attack

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 12:26

Even when women suspected they were having a heart attack, they didn't report it because they feared being called hypochondriacs, a study finds. That may contribute to women's higher death rates.

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Jordan's King Balances Threats Abroad And Critics At Home

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 12:24

Jordanians are now supportive of the military campaign against the Islamic State. But King Abdullah still faces domestic opponents, religious and secular, who chafe at restrictions they face at home.

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College? Career Tech? In Nashville, Teens Do Both

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 12:16

Vocational education is enjoying a renaissance in many U.S. schools. In Nashville, all high schoolers, regardless of college plans, are encouraged to take three career training classes.

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How Did A Celibate 82-Year-Old Buddhist Monk Contract HIV?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 12:01

His doctor injected him with a used syringe. Each year, millions of people contract HIV, hepatitis and other diseases that way. The solution: a syringe designed to prevent re-use.

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U.S. Diplomat Says Change In Immigration Policy For Cubans Is Not On The Table

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 11:54

Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. official who will lead negotiations on reestablishing diplomatic ties with the Cubans, says that this will be a long journey, but she has hope for better relations.

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Will Vaping Reignite The Battle Over Smoking On Airplanes?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 11:37

It's been 25 years since people could light up with impunity on domestic airline flights. But that doesn't mean they're not still trying. And e-cigarettes are reviving conflict over clean air aloft.

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'Audit the Fed' illustrates the politics behind policy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-24 11:28

The Federal Reserve's Janet Yellen delivered her semiannual update to Congress today amid calls to audit the Fed's monetary policy decision-making. Yellen denounced efforts to increase Congressional oversight of how and why the Fed decides to print or buy back money, and Fed experts say it was designed to be insulated from political pressure. 

Unlocking the digital classroom for kids in lock up

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-24 11:01

Technology has become an integral part of education. Students are increasingly learning with help from laptops, iPads and other digital technology. Schools are embracing blended classrooms, which mix traditional and online learning.

But technology presents unique hurdles for the juvenile justice system, which has been reluctant to introduce computers and the internet into secure facilities.

Since 2013, San Diego County has been confronting the challenges of introducing laptops — and digital learning — into its juvenile justice facilities.

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, Marketplace takes a look at the surprising results. Check back then for the full story.

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Trouble Ahead? Searching For Google's Future

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 10:27

The ambitious Silicon Valley giant is looking to stay dominant in our technological future. But can it adapt quickly to a changing marketplace?

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Feds Close Investigation Of George Zimmerman Without Pressing Charges

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 10:20

Attorney General Eric Holder said while the case didn't meet the threshold for a hate crime prosecution, it still called for a dialogue about the tensions that led to the killing of Trayvon Martin.

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British Police Say 3 Missing Teenage Girls Now In Syria

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 10:15

The London teenagers boarded a flight to Istanbul on Feb. 17. Police believe they were radicalized online.

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Obama To Veto Keystone XL Pipeline Today 'Without Drama Or Fanfare Or Delay'

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 09:58

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the GOP-controlled Congress had sent the bill to the White House this morning. Republicans do not appear to have enough votes to override the threatened veto.

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Tea Tuesdays: The Chemis-Tea Of Pouring The Perfect English-Style Cuppa

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 09:57

The British are very specific about how they take their tea: black, with milk and sugar. But steeping the optimal cup requires a surprising amount of chemistry. Here's a guide to the science.

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Finnish Public Broadcasting To Read Entire Quran In New Series

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:55

Radio 1, the radio arm of broadcaster Yle, will begin reading Islam's holy book on March 7 in 60 installments. Fewer than 50,000 Muslims live in Finland, which has a population of about 5 million.

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The Great U.S. History Battle

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:33

The College Board redesigned the framework for its Advanced Placement U.S. history course, and many conservative lawmakers aren't happy about it.

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Eurozone Approves Greek Overhaul Plan

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:47

The Greek plan would keep Athens' budget under control while spending more on social programs. European ministers agreed to extend financial assistance by four months, but the IMF was more skeptical.

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Emotional Scars Of Modern Slavery Run 'Deeper Than Any Visible Wound'

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:32

Scientists interviewed more than a thousand men, women and children who were forced into sex work and hard labor. The result is the largest study to detail the health of human trafficking survivors.

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House Of Carbs: A Big Ball O' Carbohydrates Is Good Eating In Ghana

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:20

Our Peace Corps correspondent meets the giant ball of carbs that floats in many a Ghanaian stew. She takes a pinch (using her right hand only). And she learns to almost love it.

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