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Details On The Administration's New College Ratings System

December 19, 2014 - 7:03am

A framework for measuring opportunity --and outcomes.

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What's Next For Cuba? The Headlines That Tell The Story

December 19, 2014 - 7:03am

The State Department says a delegation of diplomats will visit the island next month. The formal restoration of diplomatic ties is expected to be as easy as the two countries writing each other notes.

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When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

December 19, 2014 - 5:02am

In exchange for tax breaks, nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients. But some hospitals seize wages from poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for reduced-cost care.

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For An Island Trapped In The '50s, An Instant Digital Revolution

December 19, 2014 - 4:03am

Cuba is one of the least connected countries on Earth, with 5 percent of residents online. But it could become the Caribbean's largest market if the Castros open the nation up to the Internet.

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7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

December 19, 2014 - 4:02am

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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The Eye-Opening Saga Of Walter And Margaret Keane, Now On Screen

December 19, 2014 - 4:01am

Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.

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The Administration's College Ratings: How It Looks On Campus

December 19, 2014 - 3:59am

The Education Department's unveiling today of a controversial ratings system has fueled a debate over what this kind of system can — or should — measure.

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Two Of Colorado's Neighbors Sue State Over Marijuana Law

December 18, 2014 - 9:23pm

Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn't constitutional.

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Two Of Colorado's Neighbors Sue State Over Marijuana Law

December 18, 2014 - 9:23pm

Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn't constitutional.

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Once Written Off, Kepler Telescope Finds New Planet

December 18, 2014 - 8:05pm

The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.

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'Team America' Is Benched: Won't Return To Theaters, Reports Say

December 18, 2014 - 6:47pm

One day after some U.S. theaters vowed to screen Team America: World Police in the place of The Interview, whose release was canceled, word has emerged that Team America has also been pulled.

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Opportunity, Caution Seen For U.S. Banks As Cuba Rules Ease

December 18, 2014 - 6:08pm

President Obama eased restrictions on Cuba this week, including a relaxation of rules barring U.S. banks from doing business there. But banks are awaiting details and are likely to proceed cautiously.

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No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

December 18, 2014 - 5:43pm

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.

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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

December 18, 2014 - 5:06pm

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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In List Of Changes For Secret Service, A New Fence Comes First

December 18, 2014 - 4:56pm

An independent review panel calls for changes ranging from a better fence at the White House to a new approach to training and leadership within the Secret Service.

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U.S. Announces Protections For Transgender Workers

December 18, 2014 - 4:55pm

The Justice Department's move is a reversal from how the Bush administration interpreted Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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New Popularity Of L.L. Bean Boots Sparks Scramble To Fill Orders

December 18, 2014 - 4:50pm

L.L. Bean's iconic rubber and leather boots have swung back into fashion with young people and are more popular than ever. The backlog stands at nearly 100,000 pairs; it will take months to catch up.

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Sarah Koenig On Serial: 'I Think Something Went Wrong With This Case'

December 18, 2014 - 4:45pm

Serial, the hugely popular (and sometimes controversial) podcast spun off from This American Life, wraps up its first season today. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Serial creator Sarah Koenig.

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Administration Won't Rule Out Raul Castro Visit To White House

December 18, 2014 - 4:24pm

The remarks come a day after President Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba would begin talks to normalize relations and open embassies following more than five decades of hostility.

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Immigration Is Driving Broad Demographic Shifts In U.S., Report Says

December 18, 2014 - 4:10pm

An analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts shows that immigrants are increasingly moving from "gateways" such as New York and Texas into states in Middle America.

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