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One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents

NPR Top Stories - 20 hours 52 min ago

One Tulsa, Okla., nonprofit believes that improving poor kids' prospects also requires preparing their parents for well-paying jobs. The program's director says managing both is a tough nut to crack.

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Putin's Chess Moves In Ukraine: Brilliant Tactics, But Bad Strategy?

NPR Top Stories - 21 hours 21 min ago

As Western leaders craft another round of sanctions to counter the Russian president's moves in Crimea, they might do well to consult a grandmaster at chess — Russia's national pastime.

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The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet

NPR Top Stories - 21 hours 23 min ago

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others are competing to be the main landlords of the cloud. Their terms and prices could control who gets to build what on the Internet, and for how much.

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Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation?

NPR Top Stories - 21 hours 24 min ago

Activists say a federal law that allows employers to pay people with disabilities pennies per hour is out of date and should be changed. But some say the law is a lifeline for the disabled.

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Race To Unearth Civil War-Era Artifacts Before Developer Digs In

NPR Top Stories - 21 hours 25 min ago

Archeologists in South Carolina are excavating a Union officer prisoner-of-war camp site, hoping to find historical artifacts before they are buried forever under new construction.

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Citizen Volunteers Arm Themselves Against Crime In Rural Oregon

NPR Top Stories - 21 hours 26 min ago

High unemployment, and the growing use of meth and other drugs have fueled an explosion of property crimes. With cuts to law enforcement, community watch groups are cropping up to fill the vacuum.

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U.S. Clears Egypt For Some Military Assistance

NPR Top Stories - 23 hours 44 min ago

The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.

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Sherpas Leave Everest; Some Expeditions Nix Climbs

NPR Top Stories - 23 hours 53 min ago

Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday. It's an unprecedented walkout to honor 16 of their colleagues who were killed last week in an avalanche.

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Albert Pujols' 500th HR Helps Angels Beat Nationals 7-2

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 8:36pm

The Angels first baseman became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game. He drove in five runs Tuesday night to help Los Angeles beat the Washington Nationals 7-2.

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Obama Tours Mudslide Devastation, Pledges Solidarity With Families

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 4:18pm

A month after the devastating mudslide that killed at least 41 people, the president stopped at the tiny town of Oso, where he promised to "be strong right alongside you."

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Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 1:02pm

Steven Elliott, one of the Rangers who mistakenly fired on Tillman's position, says he believed there were only "friendlies" in the area when he pulled the trigger.

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Hospitals Can Speed Stroke Treatment, But It's Not Easy

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 12:47pm

The faster people get treatment after suffering a stroke, the less likely they are to be permanently disabled or die. Speeding up hospital procedures helps, studies find. But cost is an issue, too.

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Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 12:16pm

Some states have enacted so-called Amazon taxes, forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional stores do. In those states, Amazon's sales fell about 10 percent.

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Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 12:14pm

A national debate over universal preschool has raised an important question: What does high-quality pre-K look like? Researchers say the preschool program in Tulsa, Okla., is among the nation's best.

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Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersized Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 12:08pm

A new report finds that the average compensation of fast-food CEOs has quadrupled since 2000. By comparison, worker wages have increased less than 1 percent.

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As Putin Rides Wave Of Popularity, Opposition May Get Swept Under

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 12:06pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin is using a recent surge in popularity to crack down on opposition. Several proposed laws would strengthen penalties against protestors, and officials and local media alike are denouncing criticism of Putin as "unpatriotic."

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Amid Ukraine's Faltering Hopes For Peace, Biden Speaks In Kiev

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 12:06pm

During a visit to Kiev, Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia that it must help to reduce tensions in Ukraine. A recent international agreement intended to disarm militant groups seems to be failing.

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Search Efforts For Nigerian Schoolgirls Dogged By Shifting Numbers

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 12:06pm

As the search continues for the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, the exact number of those still missing is in dispute. Michelle Faul, Nigeria bureau chief for the Associated Press, explains more.

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Longtime DC Lawyer Is White House's Next Top Counsel

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 12:06pm

The White House named Neil Eggleston its new top lawyer. He'll have to muster his legal and political skills to deal with a divided Congress and multiple investigations of the Obama's administration.

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High Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 12:06pm

By a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved measure in Michigan that banned the use of race or gender in deciding admissions to the state's public universities.

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