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Americans Looking For Affordable Degrees Head To Germany

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:11am

More Americans are studying for graduate degrees in Germany, where many programs are taught in English and tuition is usually free. (This piece first aired on June 28, 2015 on Weekend Edition Sunday).

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Survivor Of 'Bloody Sunday,' Amelia Boynton Robinson, Dies At 104

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:11am

In 50 years, Amelia Boynton Robinson went from being beaten on a bridge in Selma, Ala., to being pushed across the bridge in a wheelchair alongside President Obama.

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Bordelons: The Deaths Since Katrina Were Worse Than The Hurricane

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:11am

Colleen Bordelon's family was the first to return to their block in Saint Bernard Parish, outside New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina. Since then, all the men in the immediate family have died.

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China's Economic Slowdown Further Hurts Depressed Commodity Prices

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:11am

Turmoil in global stock markets have grabbed headlines, in large part due to China's shaky economy. For months, commodities worldwide have also been plunging, and much of that can be linked to China.

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Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:08am

While the drought has put a strain on California agriculture, its farms actually set an all-time record for total sales — $54 billion — in 2014. How? By pumping more water from their wells.

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Farmworkers See Jobs, Earnings Shrivel In California Drought

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:07am

More than 21,000 are out of work this year from California's drought, a study says. The majority are farmworkers, and those lucky enough to have a job are often working longer hours for less money.

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'George' Wants You To Know: She's Really Melissa

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:06am

One of this fall's most anticipated books is about a transgender fourth-grader. Publisher Scholastic is employing some of the same marketing techniques it used for megahits like The Hunger Games.

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Good Vibrations Key To Insect Communication

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:05am

For some insects, sound waves or vibrations are the real social media — high-speed rumbles sent through the air and along leaf stems to help the bugs claim territory, send warnings and find mates.

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The Girl Who Outlived Her Creator: Salander Returns In 'Spider's Web'

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:04am

The fourth book in Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium series comes out internationally today — but Larsson died in 2004, so his father and brother hired a new writer to continue the series.

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Why Shooters Record Themselves In The Act

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:03am

The Virginia shooter who murdered two TV journalists allegedly recorded the attack himself. Experts say wearable cameras will become a regular part of the toolkit for killers who want attention.

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Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:02am

Enterprising businesses will mark the pope's visit to Philadelphia next month with irreverent tchotchkes — including beers brewed with holy water and toasters that etch the pontiff's face on bread.

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In Britain, Who's Tormenting The Queen's Swans?

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:56am

Wild swans — which all belong by law to the Queen — are among Britain's most cherished birds. But there's been an uptick in incidents of neglect and cruelty. Some swans are even being eaten.

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London's Big Ben Chimes Are Behind The Times

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:49am

Big Ben is the name for the giant bell inside Elizabeth Tower. The chimes are slow by as many as six seconds. Mechanics are placing or removing pennies from the pendulum to alter its speed.

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Australian Wombat Is Looking For Love

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:36am

Patrick is a celebrity at Ballarat Wildlife Park in Australia. He's got 30,000 Facebook followers. For his 30th birthday, he got a wheelbarrow. So like any good millennial, Patrick is now on Tinder.

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Authors' Garden Clippings Grow Students' Love Of Literature

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

High school English teacher Jennifer McQuillan spent the summer collecting clippings from the gardens of American authors. She's using them to plant a "literary garden" in her school's courtyard.

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Louisiana Discovers GPS Tracking Of Government Vehicles Saves Money

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Louisiana has become the first state to track nearly all of its government vehicles. It's hoped to cut down on fuel use and prevent accidents. And, the project is working.

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Donald Trump Escalates His Fight With The Media

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues his brawl with the news media. During a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa, Tuesday night, Trump had Jorge Ramos of Univision, the largest Spanish-language network in the U.S., thrown out. He was ultimately let back in.

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How Do Wildfires Get Their Names? The National Park Service Explains

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Wildfires can have some awfully strange names. Most of the time, they're named for where they started.

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After Scandals, Ireland Is No Longer 'The Most Catholic Country In The World'

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Although Ireland was once called "the most Catholic Country in the World," the scandals of recent years have destroyed popular support for the church there, with many Irish people ignoring the hierarchy's guidance on social issues.

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Firefighters Get The Upper Hand In Washington State Wildfire

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

The Okanogan (OH-kah-NAH-gun) fire in central Washington state has burned more than a quarter million acres. That makes it the largest wildfire in the state's history. But it has only destroyed a small number of homes because the location of the fire is so sparely populated.

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