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LOOK! The Asteroid That Flew Past Earth Tuesday Has Its Own Moon

npr.org — In celestial terms, asteroid 2004 BL86 pretty much buzzed the Earth on Tuesday, coming within 745,000 miles away. As Sam explained, Monday's flyby is the closest a known asteroid this size will pass from Earth in at least the next two centuries. This means that when the asteroid flew by yesterday, scientists trained their instruments on the body.

Gunman Opens Fire At City Council Meeting In Minnesota

npr.org — A gunman walked into a New Hope City Council meeting near Minneapolis and opened fire on Monday. Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Nelson tells our Newscast unit that the gunman was killed and two police officers were injured. Tim filed this report: "The city is a second-ring suburb northwest of Minneapolis.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @wamu885news: Scary story out of Minnesota: a gunman opened fire on a New Hope City Council meeting wamu.fm/1JA1aYW

Pentagon Identifies World War II Veteran Featured In NPR/ProPublica Investigation

npr.org — The remains of a World War II soldier who died in a prisoner of war camp in the Philippines - and the subject of a joint NPR/ ProPublica investigation last year - have been identified as Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder. His identification came after a long legal battle between his family and the Pentagon.

It'd Be No 'Folly' To Remake This Musical Classic

npr.org — For fans of musical comedy, last month was a big deal. Peter Pan Live played to more than nine million viewers on TV, and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods was seen by another nine million in just its first week in movie theaters.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @nicktheandersen: reminder: @Bob_Mondello is a genius, worthy of much praise and laudatory phrases. proof ---> n.pr/15N2bhZ

Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

FOLLIES for next live TV musical, says @Bob_Mondello. I'd cast Goldie Hawn, Joanna Gleason, Victor Garber, Lithgow. npr.org/2015/01/26/379…

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Obama Takes Heat For Proposing To End College Savings Break

npr.org — President Obama has proposed changing the tax treatment of college savings accounts known as 529s. Some are calling this a tax increase on the middle class, but the White House defends the move as being part of a larger package designed to make college more affordable.

It's Been A Hard Road To 12-Step For Zanzibar's Heroin Addicts

npr.org — Could a 12-step program, with its Christian roots, help addicts recover in a conservative Muslim island in the Indian Ocean? Suleiman Mauly was desperate to find out. He'd been using heroin in his native Zanzibar since age 17. The island nation is a key stop for heroin smuggled from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Europe.
Jan 27, 2015

"Come here talk about Allah. Don't give a [expletive] about your HP" npr.org/blogs/goatsand…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @nprGlobalHealth: It's Been A Hard Road To 12-Step For Zanzibar's Heroin Addicts n.pr/1H5WgVy

Winter Storm Skirts New York City, But Still Walloping Northeast

npr.org — First the good news: Forecasts of a historic winter storm for the country's most populous city have failed to materialize. Forecasters had called for up to 30 inches of snow in New York City, but as a new day dawned, meteorologists had downgraded the system to a winter storm from a blizzard and tempered their forecasts, saying when it was all done, the city would have about 12 inches of snow on the ground.
Jan 27, 2015

Winter Blizzard Skirts New York City, But Still Walloping Northeast n.pr/1y2KKkq

Jan 27, 2015

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Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That

npr.org — In Seattle, wasting food will now earn you a scarlet letter - well, a scarlet tag, to be more accurate. The bright red tag, posted on a garbage bin, tells everyone who sees it that you've violated a new city law that makes it illegal to put food into trash cans.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @mgodoyh: Tossing out food in your trash? In Seattle, they'll fine you for that: n.pr/15Cumzq via @AmyRadil for @nprfood

Jan 27, 2015

RT @publicbill: In Seattle, those tossing out more than 10 percent food in garbage get a bright red tag - and soon, a fine. npr.org/blogs/thesalt/…

Jan 27, 2015

In Seattle, those tossing out more than 10 percent food in garbage get a bright red tag - and soon, a fine. npr.org/blogs/thesalt/…

Jan 27, 2015

Seattle is now fining -- and shaming -- people for putting food in their trash bins: n.pr/1y0hGdi

Jan 27, 2015

Seattle leads Minneapolis in zero-waste goal -- new law will fine those who throw away food instead of composting n.pr/15Cumzq

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A Teacher's 'Pinch Me' Moment: Cheering The Super Bowl From The Sidelines

npr.org — The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Cartoonist? Carpenter? Dolphin trainer? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series. Most teachers will watch the Super Bowl at home, cracking open a beer maybe, yelling at their flat screen TVs.

Facebook, Instagram Suffer Outage

npr.org — Facebook suffered a widespread outage lasting roughly 40 minutes on Tuesday affecting users in the United States, Asia, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Jan 27, 2015

#Tech: Facebook, Instagram Suffer Outage - Facebook suffered a widespread outage lasting roughly 40 minutes on Tue... ow.ly/2TUCbm

Holocaust Survivors Mark 70th Anniversary Of Auschwitz's Liberation

npr.org — Holocaust survivors gathered along with several world leaders today to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation by the Soviet Red Army of the Auschwitz camp in Poland where more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed.
Jan 27, 2015

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Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise

npr.org — Competency-based education is in vogue - even though most people have never heard of it, and those who have can't always agree on what it is. A report out today from the American Enterprise Institute says a growing number of colleges and universities are offering, or soon will offer, credits in exchange for direct demonstrations of learning.
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The Cape Bears Brunt Of Blizzard's Onslaught

npr.org — The snowstorm hitting the Northeast is having a big impact on Cape Cod, Mass. Steve Inskeep speaks with WCAI's Sean Corcoran for the latest on how residents and local officials are handling the storm. Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @michaelwscottjr: The snowstorm hitting the Northeast is having a big impact on Cape Cod, Mass. Steve Inskeep speaks with WCAI's... mwsjr.me/1z68GWT

Gamesmanship Or Cheating: A History Quiz

npr.org — "The line between cheating and gamesmanship is constantly blurred," observes The New York Times in a recent story. The Times, and just about everyone else, is talking about the perhaps-tampering-with-gameballs allegations levied against the New England Patriots professional football team- specifically Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

Everybody Loves STEM

stateimpact.npr.org — Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro broke a long silence yesterday, and we couldn't resist pointing out this education-related gem. He mostly touched on the push to open U.S.-Cuba relations. But in a statement to the University Students Federation, Castro put in a plug for STEM education -- science, technology, engineering and math.

U.S.-Led Coalition Takes Kobani From ISIS

npr.org — Kurdish militiamen have wrested control of the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants, according to activists. Syrian-Kurdish refugees in neighboring Turkey have been celebrating the apparent liberation of their town. Kobani represents the first instance that the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has openly coordinated with a local fighting force on the ground in Syria.
Jan 26, 2015

Via @nprnews: Backed By U.S.-Led Coalition, Kurds Take Kobani From ISIS n.pr/15DjEZy

Jan 26, 2015

RT @Cam_Walker: Incredible news: after 134 days of resistance against ISIS, Kobani has been liberated by Kurdish fighters. npr.org/blogs/thetwo-w…

Abortion Vote Shows How Much Democrats' World Has Changed

npr.org — This week, Congress returns with House leaders vowing to revisit the anti-abortion bill they pulled off the floor last week. The ban on abortions after 20-weeks was withdrawn when it appeared there weren't enough Republican votes to pass it. Why did it need quite so many Republican votes?
Jan 27, 2015

via @nprnews: Abortion Vote Shows How Much Democrats' World Has Changed n.pr/1yjdZOT

Jan 26, 2015

"Of those 64 Democrats casting anti-abortion votes [on Obamacare in 2009], only 12 remain in the House today." npr.org/blogs/itsallpo…

Obama Wraps Up Visit To India

npr.org — President Obama speaks to a public audience in New Delhi as he wraps up his visit to India. Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. Copyright © 2015 NPR. All rights reserved.
Jan 27, 2015

Obama wades into delicate religious freedom issue in India Via @nprnews: Obama Wraps Up Visit To India n.pr/15ELdli

Hagel: Stress Of 'Nonstop War' Forcing Out Good Soldiers

npr.org — Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, speaking to NPR's Morning Edition, says he's concerned about retaining qualified U.S. military service members amid the "stress and strain" of more than 13 years of continuous warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Jan 26, 2015

Via @nprnews: Hagel: Stress Of 'Nonstop War' Forcing Out Good Soldiers n.pr/1ECHbG2

Jan 26, 2015

RT @kenrudinjunkie: Hagel tells @NPRinskeep the stress of 'nonstop war' is forcing out good soldiers: n.pr/1ECHbG2

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