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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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Book Review: 'In Praise Of Hatred'

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 12:06pm

Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.

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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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'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 11:51am

The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay-rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.

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FDA Advisers Vote Against Approving New Opioid Painkiller

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 11:50am

The developer of Moxduo says the drug, which combines morphine and oxycodone, would provide faster pain relief. But reviewers say there's not enough evidence that the combination drug is safer.

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Who Are Nepal's Sherpas?

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 11:49am

Members of this Nepalese community are renowned for their climbing skills and remarkable endurance at high altitudes. They are paid well by local standards, but it's a job fraught with risk.

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Out Of Clout: Some States Brace For D.C. Power Outage

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 11:31am

A handful of states are about to lose decades of clout and seniority in Congress. Which one will be hardest hit of all? Michigan.

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Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters?

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 11:30am

The Army plans to take all Apache attack helicopters from the National Guard. The Guard says that's an insult, but Army leaders say it's not personal — it's just about saving money.

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In TV Ad, GOP Senate Candidate Mocks 'War On Women' Rhetoric

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 11:12am

Terri Lynn Land, a Republican running for Senate in Michigan, says she knows more about being a woman than the male Democratic congressman who's attacking her.

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Bookends: Is It O.K. to Mine Real Relationships for Literary Material?

New York Times book reviews - April 22, 2014 - 8:01am
Francine Prose and Leslie Jamison discuss what they make of writers mining actual relationships for material.






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Book News: Ex-Supreme Court Justice Wants 6 Changes To Constitution

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 4:13am

Also: The battle over the word "literally," Claudia Rankine won the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize.

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'Chameleon Club' Takes On Too Many Colors

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 3:03am

Francine Prose's new Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 concerns itself with the malleability of truth — but stumbles with characters who are flamboyantly quirky, rather than truly engaging.

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Exclusive First Read: Colson Whitehead's 'The Noble Hustle'

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 3:01am

Colson Whitehead's account of his anhedonic adventures at the World Series of Poker is tough and tasty — like a good piece of beef jerky.

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The Tawdry Ballad Of A Man, A Casino And A Game Of Chance

NPR Books - April 21, 2014 - 1:28pm

The Ballad of a Small Player is set in the murky underworld of Macau's casinos. Reviewer Tash Aw calls the novel a masterful and thrilling collision of old Asia and 21st century glamour.

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Essay: Gabriel García Márquez’s Work Was Rooted in the Real

New York Times book reviews - April 21, 2014 - 10:37am
Gabriel García Márquez’s fantastical stories gained dramatic and emotional force from their deep roots in reality.






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