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Out Of The Classroom And Into The Woods

May 26, 2015 - 1:53pm

In this Vermont kindergarten, every Monday is "Forest Monday" a day that gets students out of the classroom and into nature.

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Hackers Stole Data From More Than 100,000 Taxpayers, IRS Says

May 26, 2015 - 1:48pm

The thieves used the data to file fraudulent tax returns. The IRS commissioner said less than $50 million had been successfully claimed from the agency.

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Sip It Slowly, And Other Lessons From The Oldest Tea Book In The World

May 26, 2015 - 1:40pm

Over 800 years before tea was known in the West, a Chinese master penned the The Classic of Tea. In it, he blends the practical with the spiritual and emphasizes rituals from cultivation to drinking.

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How Worried Should We Be About Lassa Fever?

May 26, 2015 - 1:27pm

The tropical virus has killed a man who returned to New Jersey from Liberia this month. But chances that he could have spread the disease are remote.

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What Will The Next President Face On #Day1?

May 26, 2015 - 12:35pm

This week, NPR looks at four seemingly intractable problems that await the 45th president: stagnant wages, violent extremism, cybersecurity and the federal debt.

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NYU Changes Its Policy On Reviewing Applicants' Criminal Background

May 26, 2015 - 12:27pm

NYU has announced that when looking at applications, it will initially overlook the criminal record of prospective students.

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Higher-Tech Fake Eggs Offer Better Clues To Wild-Bird Behavior

May 26, 2015 - 12:23pm

Faux eggs made with 3-D printers are better than sculpted versions, researchers say, because it's easier to systematically vary their size, weight and other features. Next goal: 3-D fragile shells.

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Blind Waiters Give Diners A Taste Of 'Dinner In The Dark' In Kenya

May 26, 2015 - 12:22pm

It's a worldwide chain that lets "the blind become our eyes." But there's a difference in the new Nairobi branch: The servers themselves had never eaten in a restaurant before.

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Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Dies At 75

May 26, 2015 - 12:10pm

The influential photographer was known mostly for her humanist work.

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Prolific Fantasy And Science-Fiction Writer Tanith Lee Has Died

May 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

Lee wrote dozens of books, including Don't Bite The Sun and Death's Master -- the latter of which was part of her popular Flat Earth series. She was 67.

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When 'Petting Parties' Scandalized The Nation

May 26, 2015 - 6:58am

In post World War I America, young people shocked their elders with jazz music, jitterbug dancing and public displays of affection.

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Iranian Court Begins Espionage Trial Of 'Washington Post' Reporter

May 26, 2015 - 6:29am

Iran's state news agency says Jason Rezaian, 39, "is accused of espionage for the US government and activity against the Islamic Republic of Iran."

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Second Opinions Are Often Sought, But Their Value Isn't Clear

May 26, 2015 - 6:23am

Patients facing serious illnesses often seek medical reviews of their cases. Some people glean helpful advice, but researchers don't have much data about whether the consults lead to better results.

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Reports: Cleveland, Justice Department Reach Agreement Over Police Conduct

May 26, 2015 - 6:20am

Similar settlements — known as consent decrees — have required cities to allow independent monitors to oversee new policies. They typically also require new training.

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New Mothers Get A New Kind Of Care In Rural Nigeria

May 26, 2015 - 5:58am

Local clinics may have "no staff and no stuff." Big hospitals are hard to reach. But when community health workers come to live in a village, there's a change for the better.

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Just How Big Is The Asia Trade Deal Obama Wants? It's A Beast

May 26, 2015 - 5:03am

The 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership President Obama wants to get done account for almost 36 percent of world's economy, which would be by far the largest U.S. trade pact.

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Charter To Pay $78B For Time Warner Cable

May 26, 2015 - 5:02am

The deal comes after federal regulators killed the proposed merger between Time Warner and Comcast. NPR's Renee Montagne speaks with correspondent Jim Zarroli for more details on the proposed deal.

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At Least 5 Are Dead As Storms, Flooding Ravage Texas, Oklahoma

May 26, 2015 - 3:18am

From Houston to Dallas and into Oklahoma torrential rains led to violent floods that killed at least five people and also left 12 others missing in Texas. More rain is in the forecast.

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Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

May 26, 2015 - 3:03am

The young, roasted form of wheat has been eaten in the Middle East for millennia. But over time many Palestinians replaced it with rice. Now it's becoming a nutritious, native food worthy of pride.

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Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable Reach Merger Deal

May 26, 2015 - 2:34am

The deal would make Charter Communications a significant rival to Comcast, which had also sought to buy Time Warner but it met regulatory objections.

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