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Teacher Tenure Fight Spills Into N.Y., Where A New Lawsuit Brews

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 12:09pm

A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.

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Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 12:07pm

The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.

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Teacher Tenure Lawsuits Spread From California To New York

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 12:03pm

Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about tenure protections and who gets them.

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Medicare's Costs Stabilize, But Its Problems Are Far From Fixed

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 11:43am

Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.

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Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 11:41am

A lower court's ruling that threw out a Virginia law has been upheld by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling quickly led North Carolina to drop its defense of its own ban.

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Court Orders Russia To Pay Former Yukos Shareholders $50B

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 6:52am

The Permanent Court of Arbitration called Russia's seizure of the oil company "devious and calculated." The ruling, one of the largest such awards, adds to tensions between Moscow and the West.

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Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar In $8.5 Billion Deal

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 6:26am

The deal will unite two of the United States' biggest discount stores. Dollar Tree will pay $74.50 for each share of Family Dollar and said it would run the company as a separate brand.

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For Muslims In Gaza, End Of Ramadan Marred By Fighting

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 6:08am

The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is usually a time for family celebration. This year, it also marks three weeks since the current war in Gaza started.

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How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 5:20am

Food in supermarkets is increasingly connected to child labor and trafficking. Many laws aimed at ending these abuses overlook a key source of the problem: The rapid decline of fish and fauna.

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Team Investigating Downing Of MH17 Turns Back Due To Heavy Fighting

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 5:03am

The crew — made up of Dutch and Australian experts — were headed toward the debris field when they heard explosions.

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Lawmakers Reach Deal Intended To Fix VA System In Crisis

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 3:42am

The bill would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and provide extra funding to hire more doctors and nurses. Lawmakers are expected to unveil their plan this afternoon.

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Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 2:55am

Despite a demand from the United Nations Security Council for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire, fighting continued in Gaza, where the death toll has surpassed 1,000.

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Israelis Broadly Support Military's Operation In Gaza

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 1:54am

Recent polls show more than 8 in 10 Jewish Israelis support the military operation, even as the death tolls climb. And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ratings are soaring.

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Israel Resumes Airstrikes On Gaza After Lull In Fighting

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 1:20am

The strikes followed an almost 12-hour pause in fighting and came as international efforts intensified to end the conflict with Hamas at the start of a major Muslim holiday.

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People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 12:57am

Do you feel like you wander aimlessly through life, or is there a reason you're here? Psychologists say people with a sense of purpose may stress out less. Or they may lead healthier lives.

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Fighting In Ukraine Continues; Russia Dismisses Threat Of Sanctions

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 12:57am

Fierce fighting continued overnight in eastern Ukraine along the Russian border, and Russia's foreign minister rejected U.S. claims that his country has been supporting pro-Russia fighters there.

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The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 12:57am

Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.

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More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 12:57am

Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many will have missed a decade or more of work.

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Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 12:57am

Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.

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Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2014 - 12:57am

Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.

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