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Melissa Block

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Spelling Co-Champs Beat The Bee, Leaving Judges Without Words

Friday, May 30, 2014

For the first time since 1962, there are co-champions at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Teens Ansun Sujoe and Sriram Hathwar tied when the pair exhausted the official list of words.

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TV Offerings Are Hotter Than Usual This Summer

Thursday, May 29, 2014

This year, more original, highly anticipated summer TV series are debuting on the broadcast networks than ever before — along with some big-ticket series from cable and one of Netflix's biggest shows.

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Singing Star Of All-Black Cowboy Movies, Herb Jeffries, Dies

Monday, May 26, 2014

Herb Jeffries was the first singing star of all-black cowboy movies in the late 1930s, which garnered him the nickname the "Bronze Buckeroo." He died Sunday in California, at age 100.

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Who's Using The Data Mined From Students?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Information tracked by educational software can be of great help to teachers. But as Politico's Stephanie Simon explains, private companies can also monetize the data by selling it to marketers.

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On Memorial Day, Revisiting Stories Of The Fallen In Afghanistan

Monday, May 26, 2014

At Arlington National Cemetery, President Obama honored the sacrifices of those who died while serving in the military. We remember the stories of some of those who died in America's longest war.

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What We Know About The Man Behind The Isla Vista Killings

Monday, May 26, 2014

Scott Gold, senior writer for The Los Angeles Times discusses Elliot Rodger, the man who police say went on a stabbing and shooting rampage in Isla Vista, Calif., last week before killing himself.

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To Pay For Hepatitis C Drugs, Medicare Might Face A Steep Bill

Friday, May 16, 2014

The federal Medicare program for the elderly and disabled will cover two new drugs that can cure hepatitis C, a liver disease that can cause cancer and lead to death. The drugs are very expensive, but they cure hepatitis C in most cases. The government and insurers are concerned about these costs; three million Americans have hepatitis C, most of whom don't know they have it.

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'The New York Times' Announces Surprise Change Of Management

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The New York Times has announced that Dean Baquet, the paper's managing editor, will replace Jill Abramson as the executive editor. Both Abramson and Baquet were named to their current jobs in 2011.

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Home Of Sanctuary Movement Revives Strategy To Stop Deportation

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In Tucson, Ariz., a man set to be deported has taken sanctuary in a church. Immigrant rights activists are hailing the move as a new way to fight the Obama administration's deportation policies.

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Stanford Dumps Its Holdings In Coal, With Climate In Mind

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Stanford says it will its divest holdings in coal companies over climate change concerns. It's the most prominent of the roughly one dozen colleges that have decided to sell off fossil fuel holdings.

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Weeks Into Search Efforts, Can Other Countries Help Nigeria?

Monday, May 05, 2014

For more on the effort to rescue the abducted Nigerian girls, Melissa Block speaks with Richard Downie, the deputy director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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The Intra-Party Landscape, Seen From The Edge Of Primary Season

Monday, May 05, 2014

Three states go to the polls Tuesday, starting what will be an eight-week stretch of primaries in the U.S. For a look at the intra-party political landscape, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian has this overview.

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The Man Who Would Own All The World's 'Speed' — But Only On VHS

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ryan Beitz has a goal: Collect every VHS copy of the movie Speed known to man. He has over 500 of them now, he says. But the man pushes on, scouring the earth for more.

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In Answer To Palestinian Unity, Israelis Step Away From Peace Talks

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Israeli government suspended peace talks with Palestinians, citing a unity agreement announced Wednesday by Palestinian leadership. The Israeli security cabinet came to the decision unanimously, angered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's decision to end a seven-year schism with the Hamas movement.

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New Browser Plug-in Would Literally Annihilate This Headline

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mike Lazer-Walker created a free browser plug-in called Literally, which replaces the word "literally" with "figuratively" in all online text. As the website explains, that's literally all it does.

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The Wonders Of The Year 2014, As Told By Isaac Asimov

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair, we turn back to some predictions that The New York Times commissioned Isaac Asimov to make on the occasion. He got many things right.

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LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lyndon Johnson taught in the South Texas town of Cotulla in 1928. Even as president, he always remembered the grinding poverty of his students.

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Letters: Musical Repetition And Keeping 'The' Away From Ukraine

Friday, April 11, 2014

Audie Cornish and Melissa Block read letters from listeners about repetition in music and what to call Ukraine.

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Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The boom has brought unexpected prosperity — and many new problems — to Cotulla. It's in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale area, which has quickly become the nation's No. 2 oil-producing region.

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Three Little Letters That, When Strung Together, Insult A Nation

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A geopolitical language lesson: It's correct to say Ukraine — not the Ukraine. Those three letters make a big difference, and we explain why.

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