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UPDATED: Student In Philadelphia School Shooting Surrenders

Sat, 2014-01-18 06:36

The shooting injured two fellow students. Police say teens may have been playing with a gun when it went off.

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Donors Pitch In To Protect Detroit's Art And Pensions

Sat, 2014-01-18 06:26

Under a deal mediated by a federal bankruptcy judge, a group of local and national foundations this week pledged more than $330 million to help Detroit's pension fund and protect the city's valuable art collection. Bio-chemical entrepreneur Paul Schaap is one of the donors; he speaks with NPR's Lynn Neary about the effort.

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Ukraine's President Approves Anti-Protest Law

Sat, 2014-01-18 05:14

The new law prohibits almost any type of demonstration. The opposition has vowed to fight, calling for a big protest on Sunday.

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Still Texting? OMG, That's Already So Old-School

Sat, 2014-01-18 02:31

A new report says instant messaging is surpassing old-fashioned texting in Britain. It may seem too soon to talk about the good old days of texting, but technological turnover is another sign of the times. Also on the decline: phone numbers.

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Three Years After Uprisings, Arab States Take Different Paths

Sat, 2014-01-18 02:28

Tunisians were celebrating this week. Egyptians were voting on a new constitution. Syrians are hoping peace talks can end their civil war. Several Arab Spring nations are now working through key events that will shape the road ahead.

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Sibling Snowboarders Hope To Reach Olympics At The Same Time

Sat, 2014-01-18 02:27

Brother and sister Taylor and Arielle Gold have both had amazing seasons. Arielle is vying for a spot on the U.S. snowboarding team; Taylor has already made it. All this is new to them.

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Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Trying To Protect

Sat, 2014-01-18 01:43

The owner of the Taverna du Liban, attacked by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan Friday night, treated each of his customers as a personal friend. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson was a regular at the cozy Kabul restaurant, and remembers Kamal Hamade's friendship.

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Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Protecting

Sat, 2014-01-18 01:43

The owner of the Taverna du Liban, attacked by a suicide bomber Friday night, treated each of his customers as a personal friend.

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IMF, UN Staff Among 21 Killed In Kabul Restaurant Attack

Sat, 2014-01-18 01:02

A suicide attack at a Kabul restaurant popular with foreign nationals killed at least 21 people on Friday, including a senior official with the International Monetary Fund and four United Nations employees.

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California's Governor Declares Drought State Of Emergency

Fri, 2014-01-17 17:27

Gov. Jerry Brown is urging Californians to cut their water use by 20 percent, and he's telling state agencies to conserve water – and to hire more firefighters.

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Federal Judge Says N.C. Ultrasound Abortion Law Is Illegal

Fri, 2014-01-17 15:29

The state's controversial law required women who want to have an abortion to first have an ultrasound scan and have it described to them. A federal judge calls the law "an impermissible attempt to compel these providers to deliver the state's message in favor of childbirth and against abortion."

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It's Happening: GOP Is Rallying Around Embattled N.J. Governor

Fri, 2014-01-17 15:22

The conservative base of the Republican Party, long skeptical of Gov. Chris Christie because of his bro-hug with President Obama after Superstorm Sandy, is beginning to rally to his side.

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Supreme Court To Decide If Warrant Needed To Search Cellphone

Fri, 2014-01-17 15:03

The U.S. Supreme Court is delving into the technology-versus-privacy debate, agreeing to hear two cases that test whether police making an arrest may search cellphones without a warrant. A decision is expected this year.

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Congress Vows To Step Up To Surveillance Policy Challenge

Fri, 2014-01-17 15:01

If there was a consensus from Congress after President Obama's NSA speech Friday, it was that Congress itself must play a major role to play in the ultimate fix.

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Obama Signs Trillion-Dollar Federal Spending Bill

Fri, 2014-01-17 14:40

President Obama has enacted more than 1,500 pages of legislation that will fund every federal agency. The spending legislation was approved in the Senate and House this week by wide margins.

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5 Takeaways From The President's NSA Speech

Fri, 2014-01-17 14:34

The president's speech Friday offered a revealing look into the nation's phone data collection program and the direction of the surveillance policy debate. But some of biggest controversies have been put off or pushed to Congress.

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Chemical Company In West Virginia Water Crisis Files For Bankruptcy

Fri, 2014-01-17 14:16

Freedom Industries has been blamed for a chemical spill that left around 300,000 people without water for days. Last week, a chemical the company uses in cleaning coal leaked into the Elk River and into the public water system.

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A Newsprint Shortage Hobbles Venezuelan Media

Fri, 2014-01-17 13:00

Venezuela is running out of newsprint and newspapers are shutting down. Media outlets say that it's another form of harassment by a government that often doesn't like what independent media reports.

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In The Long Wait For Aid From Washington, Job Hunters Despair

Fri, 2014-01-17 13:00

After failing to agree upon an extension for federal jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed, Congress is vowing to keep trying. The help can't come soon enough for many of the 1.4 million unemployed who saw their checks suddenly cut off last month.

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Ruling May Mean Bankruptcy For New Orleans School System

Fri, 2014-01-17 13:00

An appeals court ruled against the New Orleans public school system this week — a decision that could bankrupt the Orleans Parish public schools. The five-judge panel ruled that the school board wrongly terminated some 7,000 teachers and other school employees after Hurricane Katrina. For more information, Melissa Block speaks with education reporter Sarah Carr, who has written a book on the changes to the New Orleans school system after Katrina.

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