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Common Core Reading: Difficult, Dahl, Repeat

Sat, 2014-11-15 01:18

Backers of the Common Core say it's important for kids to tackle complex texts. Critics argue that reading shouldn't be a struggle for kids. We'll visit one classroom that borrows from both sides.

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No Woman Has Led A Larger U.S. City Than Jane Byrne, Who Died Today

Fri, 2014-11-14 17:53

Her up-and-down relationship with the Daleys and their Democratic machine led her into and then out of the top office in Chicago. She was 81.

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Comet-Hugging Lander Sends Back Data, Despite Dying Battery

Fri, 2014-11-14 16:13

Mission Control re-established contact with the Philae lander, which has been unable to recharge by solar power. Its bumpy landing left it in the shadow of a cliff. Still, it continues to send data.

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Workers Say Employers In Ailing Atlantic City Hold All The Cards

Fri, 2014-11-14 14:32

A bankruptcy judge has approved pay benefits cuts for workers at the ailing Trump Taj Mahal casino. But in the city's grim job market, better-paying opportunities elsewhere are few and far between.

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Board Decision Revives Discussion About Religion In Public Schools

Fri, 2014-11-14 14:16

One of the largest public school systems in the U.S. dropped religious affiliations for holidays on its school calendar. The decision represents a classic church and state battle.

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Court Rejects Challenge To Obamacare Rules On Contraceptives

Fri, 2014-11-14 13:32

At issue were regulations to accommodate religious nonprofits that object to including birth control in their health insurance plans. Catholic groups said the regulations don't go far enough.

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How Bacteria In The Gut Help Fight Off Viruses

Fri, 2014-11-14 13:29

Rotavirus kills more than a half million kids around the world each year. Now scientists have evidence that the secret to stopping it is hiding in the trillions of bacteria of our microbiome.

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WATCH: Orphaned Sea Otter Pup Has Snack, Playtime

Fri, 2014-11-14 12:40

Found in late September along the California coast, "Pup 681" spent a month at the Monterey Aquarium before being transferred to her new home at the Shedd in Chicago.

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U.S. Spy Program Targeted Cellphones Of U.S. Citizens

Fri, 2014-11-14 12:23

In the search for criminals, the government has been scooping up data from thousands of Americans through their cellphones. Audie Cornish talks to Devlin Barrett, who broke this news in The Wall Street Journal.

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Pentagon Plans To Spend Billions Upgrading Nuclear Program

Fri, 2014-11-14 12:23

After a major investigation into America's nuclear forces, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says that he will be investing billions of dollars into the system, and changing to the way it's managed.

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Victims Of Online Threats Say Perpetrators Aren't Being Caught

Fri, 2014-11-14 12:23

Women who turn to law enforcement for help are often frustrated that authorities aren't doing enough. Police say tracing the culprits can be a complicated and time-consuming process.

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Why These Kids Love Kale

Fri, 2014-11-14 12:18

With childhood obesity rates high, one program in a handful of Washington, D.C., schools is trying to change kids' lives — one vegetable at a time.

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More Squash, Less Bacon: Calculating Your Real-Life Heart Risk

Fri, 2014-11-14 11:51

There are lots of cardiovascular risk calculators, but they usually expect you know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. This one wants to know if you play tennis. And if you like bacon.

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Sweden Confirms Foreign Sub Snooped In Its Waters

Fri, 2014-11-14 11:26

The intrusion occurred last month. Although defense analysts have said Russia is the likely culprit, Swedish authorities say it's "impossible" to say whose submarine it was.

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Missing Lynx? Search Continues For Mystery French Feline

Fri, 2014-11-14 10:52

The animal, which was spotted Thursday, was initially thought to be a tiger. Officials now say it's not, but they aren't sure what it is. One theory is that it's a lynx.

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NBA Commissioner Thinks Gambling On Games Should Be Legal

Fri, 2014-11-14 09:53

Breaking with other major pro sports leagues, Adam Silver says the world is changing and that Congress should allow sports betting that is legal and regulated.

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'Shirtstorm' Leads To Apology From European Space Scientist

Fri, 2014-11-14 08:46

As the Rosetta mission made history by putting a lander on a comet, one of its leading scientists drew wide criticism for wearing a shirt featuring lingerie-clad women.

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Drug-Maker In India's Sterilization Deaths Arrested

Fri, 2014-11-14 08:05

Thirteen women are dead and dozens sick after the Nov. 8 procedures at a state-run hospital in central India. The doctor who performed the procedures was arrested Wednesday.

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Climate Change To Make Lightning More Common, Study Says

Fri, 2014-11-14 07:13

Researchers writing in the journal Science say that if the rate of global warming goes unchecked, the frequency of lightning strikes will increase by 50 percent.

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Mormon Church Publishes Essay On Founder Joseph Smith's Polygamy

Fri, 2014-11-14 06:27

The Mormon church's founder was married to as many as 40 women in the years before his murder in 1844, the church acknowledged in an article posted on its website.

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