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The French bakers' lobby has launched a campaign to keep bread on people's minds. Their slogan, which is plastered on billboards and inscribed on bread bags, is "Cou cou, tu as pris le pain?" which translates roughly as, "Hi there, did ya pick up the bread?"

Claudia Felder spent nearly 10 difficult years in and out of the U.S. foster care system. Now 21 years old, she lives with a loving family. But there are nearly 400,000 kids in foster care, and one researcher says that the problems they face are so intractable because they are also society's problems.

The Common Core initiative would standardize academic goals nationwide. Forty-five states have signed on, but lawmakers in some states are rethinking their support. While both sides are stepping up their messaging, a poll out this month shows 62 percent of Americans have never heard of the Common Core.

After 25 years of teaching French for Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, 83-year-old Margaret Mary Vojtko was let go. She died shortly after, penniless and nearly homeless. Her story has spurred sharp anger over the treatment of part-time faculty.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud says Somalia needs international help to move into recovery and then toward development. During his year in office, Mohamud has lead an effort to drive out the extremist group al-Shabab, which has terrorized cities and towns across the country.

Omar Hammami was a bright Alabama kid who turned into a self-described terrorist in Somalia. In the months preceding Hammami's sudden death, journalist J.M. Berger struck up a conversation with him on Twitter.

At the beginning of his second term, President Obama invited Republicans to a series of fancy dinners, but he now seems to be giving up on his attempts to woo the GOP. Still, even if the White House had sustained its overtures, some question whether any amount of socializing could avert the latest budget crisis.

A court found former top Chinese official Bo Xilai guilty of corruption after one of the highest-profile political trials of recent years. Media coverage of the earlier court hearings transfixed audiences with details of murder, a love triangle, and lavish official life styles.

The U.S. poverty rate has remained at about 15 percent for the third year in a row. Despite signs of an improving economy, getting out of poverty continues to be a challenge for many Americans.

As Syria turns over its "initial declaration" of chemical weapons, President Bashar Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin have become partners with the U.S., argues Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. Host Scott Simon talks to Goldberg about the foreign affairs strategy with Syria.

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