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Top Stories: Scotland's Secession Vote; Senate Vote On Rebels

September 18, 2014 - 9:14am

Also: Australia charges 15 suspects with planning random beheadings; Ukrainian president Poroshenko visits Capitol Hill; and Lincoln Logs will start to be produced in Maine instead of China.

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Senate To Vote On Arming Rebels As Islamic State Seizes Villages

September 18, 2014 - 8:53am

The Islamist rebels reportedly have captured 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria in a major push for territory. The move has prompted fears of a massacre against civilians.

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How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With Teacher

September 18, 2014 - 7:47am

Like a good Boy Scout, parents should be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework can make a big difference. Here's expert advice on how to ace your next parent-teacher conference.

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Rethinking A Fall Classic: The Parent-Teacher Conference

September 18, 2014 - 7:47am

The New York City schools are overhauling the time, and format, of these conferences in an attempt to add depth and meaning. Among the changes: They'll be held four times a year instead of just two.

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Scotland's Historic Decision: Should It Stay Or Should It Go?

September 18, 2014 - 7:38am

Scots went to the polls to vote in a referendum that will decide whether they remain with the United Kingdom or end a 300-year-old union.

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Book News: Fiction Longlist Is Out For The National Book Awards

September 18, 2014 - 7:29am

Also: A Jane Austen Festival sets a new record; Terrance Hayes on winning a MacArthur.

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Dog From Philadelphia Ends Up In Oregon Shelter

September 18, 2014 - 7:14am

The Jack Russell terrier was wearing a microchip when she was taken to the shelter in Portland. The question is how did she get there?

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Calvino's Cosmicomic Collection Treads The Final Frontier — America

September 18, 2014 - 7:03am

Italo Calvino's delightful "cosmicomic" stories have long been scattered — split into separate books and translated in pieces. Now, a collection new to the U.S. is finally bringing them together.

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High School Reconsiders Student's Yearbook Photo

September 18, 2014 - 7:01am

Draven Rodriguez posed with his cat. The school's principal rejected the photo. It will appear in the yearbook after all — on the principal's page promoting animal rescue and adoption.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dared To Dream

September 18, 2014 - 5:29am

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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NFL's Greg Hardy Sits Out While Domestic Violence Case Is Appealed

September 18, 2014 - 5:06am

Carolina Panthers player Greg Hardy agreed to be put on the NFL's exempt list until his legal troubles are settled. His case is one of several that brought scrutiny to the NFL.

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Senate To Vote On Bill To Authorize Arming Syrian Rebels

September 18, 2014 - 5:06am

The House voted Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels to fight militants in the group called Islamic State also known as ISIS. The vote didn't split down party lines.

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The Last Word In Business

September 18, 2014 - 5:06am

Audie Cornish and Steve Inskeep have the Last Word in business.

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Kerry Briefs Skeptic Senators On Coalition Plans Against ISIS

September 18, 2014 - 5:06am

President Obama says more than 40 countries are joining together to fight the Islamic State militants. Secretary of State John Kerry has returned from a trip to try to put together a coalition.

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Scottish Voters Cast Ballots On Whether To Cut Ties To U.K.

September 18, 2014 - 5:06am

Voting is underway in Scotland on a referendum that will decide if the country becomes independent. British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised Scotland more autonomy if it stays in the union.

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Pistorius Could Still Compete For S. Africa In Olympics

September 15, 2014 - 8:50am

Despite a conviction for culpable homicide and the looming possibility of a jail term, Oscar Pistorius would be free to compete, says the head of South Africa's Olympic committee.

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Top Stories: International Summit On ISIS; New Ukraine Fighting

September 15, 2014 - 8:30am

Also: new wildfires destroy homes in California; Sweden votes in a new government; and a contestant from New York wins the Miss America title for the third year in a row.

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Renewed Fighting Threatens Truce In Eastern Ukraine

September 15, 2014 - 8:16am

Pro-Russia separatists who control the city of Donetsk appear to have launched a push to take the city's airport, still defended by Kiev's forces.

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Book News: Oscar Pistorius To Write A Memoir, His Agent Says

September 15, 2014 - 7:38am

Also: writers ask Amazon's board to end battle with Hachette; notable books coming out this week.

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Leaders Meet In Paris To Forge Fight Against Islamic State Militants

September 15, 2014 - 6:57am

Representatives from more than 20 countries have gathered in the French capital to form a coalition to defeat the insurgency.

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