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Grieving In The Classroom

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:27

A new resource for educators offers insights and guidance to support students dealing with the loss of a loved one.

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Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush Could Split Republican Loyalties

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:24

Melissa Block speaks with Patrick O'Connor, political reporter for the Wall Street Journal about Mitt Romney telling donors he wants to run again for president in 2016.

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For-Profit Charters Set To Run Pa. District's Schools

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:16

Pennsylvania's worst-performing district would have all of its schools run by a private charter school company.

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'Charlie Hebdo' Keeps The Presses Running, Will Print 3 Milllion Copies

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:16

The remaining staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are still planning to publish this week's issue, printing up three million copies.

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Obama's Policing Task Force Begins With Public Hearing

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:16

In response to last year's Ferguson protests, President Obama created a blue-ribbon "Task Force on 21st Century Policing," to study the problems and recommend solutions. We hear some of the public's concerns from the task force's first public hearing in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

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For A Successful Future, Ford Looks To Court Teens, Car-Sharers

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:16

Melissa Block talks to Sheryl Connelly, manager of global trends and "futuring" for the Ford Motor Company, from the Detroit Auto Show about the outlook for the auto industry and what consumers can expect in the coming years.

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Five Years After 'Citizens United,' SuperPACs Continue To Grow

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:16

Just in time for the 5th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his allies have created a pre-presidential campaign organization that would've been impossible before Citizens United. A new political committee will pay for Bush's pre-announcement politicking and he can help a new superPAC raise unlimited money to promote him and his issues.

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NTSB: D.C. Metro Incident Highlights Need To Improve Transit Safety

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:16

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a subway train incident in Washington, D.C., on Monday afternoon that left one person dead and sent dozens of passengers to local hospitals. On Tuesday, the NTSB also announced its so-called "Most Wanted List" of safety fixes for this year.

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French Parents Cautiously Send Children Back To Jewish Schools

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:16

Moshe Goldwaser's 9-year-old daughter goes to a Jewish day school in the Paris metro area. He talks to Audie Cornish about how he and his wife discussed what happened at the kosher market with their daughter and why they all feel reassured by the security provided by the French government.

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Every Day Brings New Twists In Paris Attack Investigation

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:16

Investigators are learning more about the men behind the recent attacks in Paris. They are still looking to see if there are connections to major terrorist groups overseas.

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VIDEO: Berlin vigil 'a rally for tolerance'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:13
Thousands of Germans have taken part in a vigil in Berlin organised by Muslim groups to promote tolerance and religious freedom in the country.

VIDEO: 'I opened India's first call centre'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:06
How India became the world's call centre

Developing countries 'growth to rise'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:05
Developing countries will see a small increase in growth in 2015 after a "disappointing" 2014, the World Bank has predicted.

France 'At War With Jihadism And Radical Islamism,' Prime Minister Says

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 12:04

But Manuel Valls said the country wasn't at war with ordinary Muslims or their religion. His remarks came ahead of a 488-to-1 vote to reauthorize French airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq.

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Do workplace wellness programs work?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-13 11:57

Among the nation’s largest employers, wellness programs are expected to double this year according to Towers Watson.  These programs often use financial incentives and penalties to encourage workers to get healthy.  

Many healthcare observers say there is little evidence this $6 billion worker wellness industry does much to improve health or save money.

So why then are employers flocking to something with little reliable data?

“We suspect that companies are making money on them, otherwise they wouldn’t make plans to increase the program,” says Jill Horwitz, a law professor at UCLA.

Horwitz says the challenge is to identify those employees who would benefit from help addressing their health problems.

In the meantime several lawsuits are challenging the legality of wellness programs as financial penalties against workers are climbing.

Aetna raises its minimum wage ... who's next?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-13 11:52

Aetna’s raising its minimum base pay to $16 an hour and improving its health benefits starting in April 2015. It's a massive raise for some workers, generally in customer service and billing positions. 

But is this a sign that wages are preparing to rise for low income workers across the economy? Not necessarily.

Aetna, as a healthcare company, sees a future in which it is increasingly consumer facing. And yet, the turnover rate industry wide for customer service employees is around 30 percent.  The company is investing to improve morale, reduce that turnover rate and attract high quality employees.  

Mathews replaces Crolla in WBA shot

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 11:44
Liverpool fighter Derry Mathews replaces the injured Anthony Crolla to fight Richar Abril for the WBA lightweight title.

Lib Dems criticise David Ward tweet

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 11:38
Remarks made on Twitter by Lib Dem MP David Ward during French solidarity marches were "clearly in bad taste", the party says.

Falcao may leave Manchester United

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 11:29
Radamel Falcao will play for one of the world's best teams next season even if that is not Manchester United, says agent.

VIDEO: Escaped Rhea caught on camera

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 11:28
A rhea, an ostrich-like bird which is believed to have escaped from its owner a year ago, is filmed running across a field.