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Newtown, Conn., Council Votes To Raze Sandy Hook Shooter's Home

NPR Top Stories - January 22, 2015 - 6:11am

The Newtown Legislative Council voted to tear down the 3,100-square-foot home. The house is where gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother before his shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

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London Mayor Boris Johnson Settles U.S. Tax Bill Ahead Of Visit

NPR Top Stories - January 22, 2015 - 5:13am

Johnson, who holds dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship, had called the IRS bill "outrageous" and said he wouldn't pay it. But The Financial Times reports he has settled the approximately $44,000 bill.

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Hospitals' Medicare Quality Bonuses Get Wiped Out By Penalties

NPR Top Stories - January 22, 2015 - 4:30am

Medicare is giving hospitals financial incentives to provide better care. But so far about half of the hospitals that got incentive payments found them canceled out by other quality programs.

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Yemen's President, Cabinet Reportedly Resign Amid Political Chaos

NPR Top Stories - January 22, 2015 - 4:28am

The resignations compound a political crisis that began earlier this week when Shiite Houthi rebels took control of much of the capital, Sanaa, and surrounded the president's residence.

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The Vastness Of Violent Loss In 'See How Small'

NPR Books - January 22, 2015 - 4:03am

Scott Blackwood's new novel, based on a real murder case, follows a community rocked by the slaying of three teenage girls. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it "brutal, necessary and near perfect."

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At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs

NPR Top Stories - January 22, 2015 - 1:55am

Along California's central coast, the city of Monterey and the Army's Defense Language Institute have formed a partnership, saving about $2 million a year by sharing costs.

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The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing

NPR Top Stories - January 22, 2015 - 12:39am

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.

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The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing

NPR Books - January 22, 2015 - 12:39am

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.

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X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

NPR Top Stories - January 22, 2015 - 12:38am

Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.

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Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

NPR Top Stories - January 22, 2015 - 12:34am

NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower-income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the law.

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Police Fire Tear Gas On Kenyan Kids Protecting A Soccer Field

NPR Top Stories - January 22, 2015 - 12:34am

Hundreds of kids in Nairobi protested the loss of their playground to a developer Monday. In the end, the children did what ordinary Kenyans are rarely able to do: defend a public space.

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Jill Leovy’s ‘Ghettoside’

New York Times book reviews - January 21, 2015 - 9:17am
In “Ghettoside,” Jill Leovy describes a homicide case in South Los Angeles to examine the epidemic of unsolved murders of African-American men in America.






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