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Common Core Reading: The Struggle Over Struggle

Thursday, November 13, 2014

With the Common Core State Standards' emphasis on "complex texts," some critics worry kids are being asked to struggle too much. We ask: How much is too much?

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Top Delinquent Mine Has Deadly Legacy

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In the eight years regulators didn't collect penalty fines from D&C Mining, it was cited 1,500 times for safety violations — including many that federal inspectors say put miners at serious risk.

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FIFA Clears Qatar, Russia Of World Cup Corruption, Ignites Furor

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A report by a German judge examined the actions of countries that bid to stage the World Cup in 2018 and 2022. But the lawyer on whose work the report was based called it "incomplete and erroneous."

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Liberians Meet Death With Flowers, Trumpets And Cameras

Thursday, November 13, 2014

To understand why Liberians have had a hard time changing their funeral practices in the age of Ebola, first you must understand their tender and celebratory traditions.

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Reports: Obama Will Approve Immigrant Work Permits For Millions

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Following on a pledge to use his office's discretionary powers to address immigration, President Obama will remove the threat of deportation for up to 5 million people, says The New York Times.

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Ferran Adria And Fellow Star Chefs Talk Biodiversity In Brazil

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A group of chefs gathered this month in Sao Paolo to talk about how they can help preserve biodiversity. Among their warnings: If we lose food products, we will lose flavors and traditions.

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Jon Stewart's Debut Film Shows 'Humor Survives' In The Bleakest Conditions

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rosewater is based on Maziar Bahari's experience of being tortured in an Iranian prison. "His humor sustained him," the Daily Show host says. "And I found that incredibly empowering."

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Poor Contact Lens Care Leads To A Whole Lot Of Eye Infections

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Almost 1 million people a year end up with painful eye infections, and improper contact lens care is a big reason why, according to a new study from the CDC.

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TV On The Radio And The Paradox Of The Midcareer Band

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Past the hype of the newcomer, not yet granted the deference of veterans, the allure of a band making a go of it in the murky middle may be subtle, but it can still be potent.

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Doctor At Center Of Deadly Sterilizations In India Arrested

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The toll from the botched procedures is now 13, with scores more sick. Dr. R.K. Gupta, who has performed 50,000 sterilizations over his career, told Reuters that he was being made a scapegoat.

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Amazon And Hachette Reach A Deal On E-Book Pricing

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The multiyear agreement, which will take effect in early 2015, ends a months-long stalemate between the online retail giant and the publishing powerhouse.

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Yes, Doctor, I Took My Anti-HIV Meds (But Really, I Didn't)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

African women signed up for a trial to test pills and gels that can prevent HIV. They swore they were complying. Only they weren't. Reasons range from conspiracy theories to ... skin care.

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Preemies May Be Exposed To High Levels Of Phthalates In The NICU

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chemicals in medical equipment can be transferred to patients, and it's a particular concern with premature infants whose bodies and brains are immature.

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The Science Of 'Interstellar'

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Few, if any, movies have been this faithful to science and still managed to tell a gripping tale, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser — though some liberties are taken at points.

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U.S. Would Consider 'Modest' Force For Complex Iraq Operations

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The comments were made to a House panel by Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. Earlier, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the battle against Islamic State militants would be "long and difficult."

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Book News: Even Good Writers Have Bad Sex Sometimes

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Bad Sex in Fiction Award honors awful sex scenes in literature, and this year's shortlist boasts plenty of names you might not expect, including a Booker winner and a perennial Nobel favorite.

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Red Cross Employee Survey Finds Doubts About Leadership, Ethics

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The results of an internal survey of more than 14,000 employees found that 4 out of 10 employees have doubts about the charity's commitment to ethical conduct.

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A New Collection, Well-Furnished With Munro's Best

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Family Furnishings collects 24 of short story master Alice Munro's best works. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari calls it a superb introduction to Munro, and a reminder that she's a writer to be cherished.

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A Great Director — Who's Also A Woman — Might Direct 'Wonder Woman'

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones veteran Michelle MacLaren is reportedly a strong candidate to direct the upcoming Wonder Woman movie.

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3 Potential Ebola Therapies To Be Tested; Liberia Lifts Emergency

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Two of the therapies that medical teams plan to start testing next month involve antiviral drugs. Meanwhile, in Liberia, the president has lifted a state of emergency.

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