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North Carolina District Breaks Ties With Teach For America

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

The school board in Durham, N.C., voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America, after the current crop of teachers finish out their stints. Board members cited the lack of experience and the limited commitment of these young teachers in the district's "high-needs" schools. Education reporter Reema Khrais of WUNC explains the situation.

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Hong Kong's Drive For Open Elections Runs Low On Steam

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

Earlier this week, China insisted that the people of Hong Kong would not be allowed to nominate candidates for the territory's next leader. Occupy Central, a local democracy movement, is threatening to shut down the city's financial district in protest — but organizers acknowledge that only 3,000 people have signed pledges to participate.

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Health Officials Warn Ebola Is Spreading Faster Than Efforts To Contain It

Wed, 2014-09-03 12:19

A high-level delegation from the World Health Organization is in D.C. this week for talks with U.S. leaders about the Ebola outbreak. The United Nations group is seeking commitments from donor countries to meet a projected need of $600 million to control the epidemic. Meanwhile, the outbreak shows no signs of slowing in West Africa.

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Russian Space Experiment On Gecko Sex Goes Awry

Tue, 2014-09-02 15:31

A returned space capsule was opened to reveal frozen gecko remains inside, disappointing scientists. On the bright side, the fruit flies that were aboard made it.

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The Troubling Implications Of The Celebrity Photo Leak

Tue, 2014-09-02 14:32

To learn more about the recent celebrity photo hack, Melissa Block speaks with Matthew Green of Johns Hopkins University. They discuss how the photos might have been obtained.

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MRAPs And Bayonets: What We Know About The Pentagon's 1033 Program

Tue, 2014-09-02 14:09

A database of every item the Pentagon has sent to local, state and federal authorities since 2006 sheds light on the massive scope, and evolution, of the 1033 program.

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A Suspected Ebola Patient On The Run In Liberia

Tue, 2014-09-02 13:19

A brief video captures the chaos of Ebola in Liberia. A suspected patient, who allegedly fled a treatment center, is pursued by health workers and wrestled into a truck.

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Double Mastectomies Don't Increase Cancer Survival Rates

Tue, 2014-09-02 13:14

Young women diagnosed with breast cancer are increasingly choosing to have both breasts removed. A big study says that doesn't improve their survival odds any more than does less drastic treatments.

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Sounds From The First Day Of School

Tue, 2014-09-02 13:11

Millions of children are heading back to school, and to mark the traditional start of the school year, we've asked reporters from member stations around the country to bring us the sounds.

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North Korea Grants Interviews With American Detainees: To What End?

Tue, 2014-09-02 13:09

Two U.S. news organizations, CNN and the Associated Press, were granted interviews with three men detained by North Korean authorities.

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State Dept. Officials Work To Verify Islamic State's Beheading Video

Tue, 2014-09-02 12:50

In a new video released by the militant group Islamic State, American journalist Steven Sotloff appears to be killed by extremists associated with the group.

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New U.S. Rules Protect Giant Bluefin Tuna

Tue, 2014-09-02 12:43

To reduce the number of giant bluefin tuna killed by fishing fleets, the U.S. is putting out new rules about commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the western Atlantic.

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Should Local Police Get The Military's Extra Armored Trucks?

Tue, 2014-09-02 12:35

The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. Built to protect U.S. forces from roadside bomb blasts at war, these huge vehicles aren't always welcome.

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Another American Doctor In Liberia Tests Positive For Ebola

Tue, 2014-09-02 12:10

He's the third American to contract the disease while working in Liberia. In this case, the doctor, who was part of the Christian aid group SIM, was treating obstetrics patients.

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Detroit's Fiscal Future Rests With A Federal Judge

Tue, 2014-09-02 12:08

Detroit's future comes down to this: a federal trial over the city's plan to emerge from largest municipal bankruptcy ever in the U.S. As Detroit Public Radio's Quinn Klinefelter reports, city officials argue the plan is the best way to propel Detroit into prosperity — but some major creditors aren't pleased with it.

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Faced With Ukrainian Turmoil, NATO Considers New 'Rapid Reaction Force'

Tue, 2014-09-02 12:08

In response to unrest in eastern Ukraine, NATO is considering forming a rapid reaction force — a topic that will be discussed at a summit this week in Wales. But how will Russia react, and is this the right move for the alliance? To learn more, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.

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Changes At The 'Post' Mark A Break From Paper's Storied Past

Tue, 2014-09-02 12:08

Tech billionaire Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, has announced he's replacing the paper's current publisher with Frederick Ryan, one of the founders of Politico.

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Islamic State Video Appears To Show Beheading Of A New U.S. Journalist

Tue, 2014-09-02 12:08

The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff, whom the group threatened to kill two weeks ago.

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FBI, Apple Investigate Claims Nude Celebrity Photos Posted Online

Mon, 2014-09-01 21:32

The FBI is looking into allegations that online accounts of several celebrities had been hacked. Apple says it is determining whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked.

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U.S. Military Forces Targeted Extremist Network In Somalia

Mon, 2014-09-01 21:10

A day after an Islamic-extremist group launched an attack in Somalia, U.S. military forces have struck back. A Pentagon spokesman says the results of the operation are being assessed.

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