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Remembering A Troubled Brother In 'Lord Fear'

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 6:03am

Lucas Mann's new memoir pieces together family memories to create a portrait of his heroin-addicted older brother, who died of an overdose. Critic Heller McAlpin calls it difficult but necessary.

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A Key Researcher Says 'Grit' Isn't Ready For High-Stakes Measures

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 5:43am

Angela Duckworth worries that when it comes to measuring students' resilience, education policy may be getting ahead of science.

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Vinyl's Comeback Keeps Record Pressers Busy

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 5:39am

There are about 16 vinyl press plants still operating in the U.S. While there were about 9 million vinyl records sold in the U.S. overall last year — that's just a sliver of total album sales.

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NTSB Team On Its Way To Investigate Amtrak Derailment

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 5:34am

The derailment, which happened just north of Philadelphia, left five people dead and dozens injured. Amtrak cancelled service between New York and Philadelphia.

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Dozens Die After Another Major Earthquake Hits Nepal

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

With Nepal suffering its second massive earthquake in a month, Renee Montagne learns about the impact on the ground from Jen Hardy, an aid worker with Catholic Relief Services.

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Facebook Debuts Instant News Articles From News Organizations

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

Facebook and several media companies have announced that news articles will now be published directly into users News Feeds. The articles will come from The New York Times, NBC News and others.

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Subscriptions We No Longer Need: Do You Still Have An AOL Account?

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

It was announced on Tuesday that Verizon is buying AOL for $4.4 billion. AOL's dial-up business has roughly two million subscribers. But years into the broadband age, many people still have their AOL accounts. What other subscriptions are they holding on to?

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Ahead Of Summit, Gulf States Doubt America's Mideast Policies

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

Of the six Gulf nations that will be represented in Washington, D.C., at a summit hosted by President Obama, only two will be represented by their monarchs. The aim of the gathering is to build support for a nuclear accord with Iran.

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Show On ABC Is Part Of Disney's Effort To Revive Muppet Franchise

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

ABC announced that it's bringing back the Muppets. Kermit, Miss Piggy and friends will star in a new series this fall.

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5 Killed In Amtrack Train Derailment In Philadelphia

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

An Amtrak train that was traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York Tuesday night derailed in the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia. At least five people were killed. Dozens of others were taken to area hospitals. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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In Bangladesh, A Third Atheist Blogger Is Hacked To Death

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

Ananta Bijoy Das wrote for a website once moderated by another writer, killed in a similar way. To learn more, Steve Inskeep talks to Syed Zain Al-Mahmood of The Wall Street Journal in Dhaka.

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Obama Lays The Foundation For A Post White House Life

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

In addition to his presidential library, Obama will focus on young people — particularly young men of color through an organization he started at the White House called My Brother's Keeper.

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Vote On Obama's Fast-Track Trade Bill Blocked By Senate Democrats

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats kept trade legislation from moving forward, dealing a blow to President Obama's agenda. Republicans and the White House now grapple with what comes next.

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Pressure Is On Finalists At National Geographic Bee

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

On Wednesday, 10 young students will compete in the final rounds of the National Geographic Bee. Some of these fourth to eighth graders have been studying geography since preschool.

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5 Killed In Amtrak Train Derailment In Philadelphia

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

An Amtrak train that was traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York Tuesday night derailed in the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia. Dozens of people were taken to area hospitals.

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Refugee Arrivals To German Town Delayed After Shelter Is Destroyed

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

Steve Inskeep talks with Volker Herzon, the mayor of Vorra, Germany, about how the town plans to adjust to the arrival of migrants from Africa and the Middle East.

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EU Commission To Submit Plan To Share In Migrant Burden

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

The European Union is planning to propose to its 28-member nations a quota on migrants entering Europe. It also is seeking military action against people smuggling migrants out of Libya.

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Imprisoned Nuclear Activist Nun Granted Victory On Appeal

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:02am

A federal appeals court thew out the most serious charge, sabotage, against 85-year-old Sister Megan Rice. Her case gained attention after supporters said she was being held in unfair conditions.

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The 13 Questions Hillary Clinton Has Answered From The Press

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:01am

It has been more than three weeks since Hillary Clinton has answered a question from the press. That hasn't stopped reporters from trying.

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