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In Louisville, Ky., Minecraft Teaches Math

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

The Common Core standards have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look like in a classroom? The NPR Ed team continues its summer series from a fifth-grade math lesson.

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Amid Lake Erie's Algal Bloom, Toledo's Water Woes Continue

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

For the second straight day, residents of Toledo, Ohio, are without tap water. The problem is caused by the discovery of a toxin in the water supply, likely the result of an algal bloom.

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Former Israeli Ambassador: 'Hamas Started This War'

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

NPR's Eric Westervelt interviews Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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Israel Expects More Withdrawals; Gaza Residents See Little Change

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

An Israeli strike Sunday near a school where people were taking shelter from the fighting killed at least 10 people, U.N. officials say. Some parts of Gaza are quiet; the conflict continues in others.

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Cleveland Slugger Jim Thome Retires After Signing One-Day Contract

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 3:14pm

Calling a halt to a career that put him at the No. 7 spot on the all-time home run list, Jim Thome officially retired as a Cleveland Indian Saturday.

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Islamic State Seizes Towns Near Kurdish Area; Dam Seen At Risk

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 1:33pm

The militants are hoping to cement control of the border area between Iraq, Syria and Turkey. At least 14 Kurdish soldiers were reportedly killed in the fighting this weekend.

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Anything You Can Spit Can Be Used Against You

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 1:33pm

A lot of rappers glorify crime in their music. Sometimes, lyrics that appear to boast about crimes can lead to arrest. Should violent rap lyrics be used as an admission of guilt?

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Lego Releases Female Scientists Set; May Appease 7-Year-Old Critic

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:07am

Months after a girl took the company to task for its female toy figures, Lego has released the Research Institute, a play set created by a "real-life geophysicist, Ellen Kooijman," the company says.

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Mavis Staples, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:25am

Mavis Staples, whose titanic career spans the civil rights movement, Soul Train and solo work with Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Jeff Tweedy, closed the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

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First Listen: Mirel Wagner, 'When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day'

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:03am

As implied in her second album's title, the Finnish songwriter makes haunting, revelatory music for hidden places. Wagner sings for the dead; she digs past the heart of any matter and into bone.

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Taste For Rare, Wild Pangolin Is Driving The Mammal To Extinction

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 9:48am

The meat of this scaly, ant-eating creature has become a luxury food for some newly-rich Asians. But all eight pangolin species are now are threatened by extinction, with two critically endangered.

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Algae Toxins Prompt Toledo To Ban Its Drinking Water

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 9:31am

The toxins' presence is blamed on algae from Lake Erie, sparking a water ban that has affected about half a million people since it was first announced this weekend.

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