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True or False? Free And Reduced-Price Lunch = Poor

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 4:08am

Poverty is the backdrop to so many discussions about learning. But do we have a good way to measure it in schools?

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South Africa Grants Parole To Notorious Apartheid-Era Death Squad Leader

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 3:56am

The country's justice minister said he was ordering the release of Eugene de Kock in the interest of "nation-building and reconciliation." De Kock had been in jail for more than 20 years.

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Could This Virus Be Good For You?

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 1:17am

Scientists studying HIV and Ebola have noticed another virus hitching along for the ride in some blood samples. Now they're trying to figure out whether the lurker helps the body fend off disease.

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Russian Economic Woes Hit France's Ski Slopes

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 1:14am

For the past decade, wealthy Russians have flocked to the fabled slopes in the French Alps. But the drop in the ruble is now keeping them away, and the region's economy is starting to feel the effect.

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4 Reasons Why It's Veto Season At The White House

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 1:03am

In his first six years in office, President Obama issued just two vetoes, the fewest of any president going all the way back to James Garfield. But that's about to change.

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Arrested For Resisting Arrest — Yes, It's Possible

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 6:07pm

Resisting arrest is usually a secondary charge against someone already being arrested for something else, but not always.

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Car Safety Improves: Study Lists Those With Most, And Least, Driver Deaths

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 5:54pm

For 2011 models through the 2012 calendar year, driver deaths per million registered vehicle years fell to 28 from 48 just three years earlier, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 4:21pm

The latest wave of measles cases and potential infections is in Arizona, where 1,000 people may have been exposed to measles from seven people confirmed to have been infected.

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Ebola Cases Plummet In West Africa, As Endgame Begins

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 4:00pm

Only 99 Ebola cases were reported worldwide last week. That's the lowest weekly count since June. But getting down to zero cases is still a long way off.

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'Female Husbands' In The 19th Century

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 3:15pm

In newspapers, magazines and novels, the "female husband" was a person of great interest.

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Some Businesses Say Immigrant Workers Are Harder To Find

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 3:10pm

The president's recent executive actions will allow millions of immigrants to stay in the U.S. But many businesses say those changes aren't enough to help them find and keep all the workers they need.

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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Tackles Assisted Living Center

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 3:10pm

Canton, Ohio, has launched an ambitious expansion plan, including assisted living for Hall of Famers. The concept is part business, part nostalgia and part a sense of responsibility to ballplayers.

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Study Finds Court Fees Also Punish The Families Of Those Who Owe

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 2:51pm

The Center for Community Alternatives says that formerly incarcerated men and women rely heavily upon family, almost always receiving cash from them.

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Dartmouth Bans Hard Liquor On Campus

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 2:44pm

The Ivy League school is also introducing a mandatory four-year sexual violence prevention and education program for students. The steps are part of efforts to reform social life at the college.

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Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 2:26pm

A Pew Research Center study shows that the two groups disagree most strongly on the safety of GM foods, the use of animals in research, climate change and human evolution.

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With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 2:17pm

Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.

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NBC's 'Parenthood' Ends As A Family Drama Built On Small Moments

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 2:10pm

After six seasons, the final episode airs tonight. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show is a rare gem; a family drama centered on the small, emotional moments between relatives.

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Prosecutor's Murky Death Could Impact Argentina's Elections

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 1:59pm

Argentina is focused on the funeral of a prosecutor who died mysteriously. And the nation's politics — with elections this fall — reverberate over the 20-year-old bombing he was investigating.

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The Spicy History Of Short Selling Stocks

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 1:59pm

David Kestenbaum of NPR's Planet Money tells the story of the first stock ever shorted. It's a tale of intrigue, lies, sabotage and a life of exile.

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Mormon LGBT Announcement Met With Cheers, Skepticism

NPR Top Stories - January 29, 2015 - 1:59pm

Robert Siegel talks to Mormon leader Elder Dallin Oaks about the press conference this week where the church announced it would support LGBT anti-discrimination legislation in return for laws that protect religious freedom.

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