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LA Schools Superintendent To Leave After iPad Controversy

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

The superintendent of the Los Angeles School District is stepping down. John Deasy's resignation follows a contracting scandal that put him on the defensive. He talks to Steve Inskeep about why he resigned.

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Sustained Lower Gas Prices Could Drive Economic Growth

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

Gas prices are plunging and before it's all over, some experts say Americans will be paying a full $1 a gallon less than a few months ago. If that's sustained, it means $1,000 more per household in extra spending money.

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Why Has There Been So Much Turmoil In Financial Markets Lately?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

To examine the turn global stock markets have taken this week, Linda Wertheimer talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributor to "The Wall Street Journal."

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Privacy Advocates Don't Buy FBI's Warning About Encryption Practices

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

FBI Director James Comey used his first major policy address to warn that new encryption techniques could lock out law enforcement trying to solve crimes. Privacy advocates remain skeptical about the idea of building a back door in smartphones and other devices for the FBI to walk through.

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R&B Singer Erykah Badu Raises $3.60 Singing On The Street

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

The Grammy Award-winning singer said, "I just kinda always wanted to see what it would be like to sing for money on the streets." For whatever reason, she didn't get much cash dropped into her hat.

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For Father And Son Locksmiths, The Key Is Hard Work

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:22am

Phil Mortillaro dropped out of school and became a locksmith. Now he owns a Manhattan locksmith shop with his son, Philip Jr. Philip says his dad and the store have become a neighborhood institution.

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Silicon Valley Companies Add New Benefit For Women: Egg Freezing

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:21am

The addition of the benefit by Facebook and Apple comes as tech companies face mounting pressure to hire more women, but some warn it may increase pressure those employees feel to put off having kids.

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World Bank Head On Ebola: Put The Fire Out Where It's Raging

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:20am

World Bank President Jim Kim believes the world has moved too slow in battling Ebola. And closing off travel from West Africa, he says, is not the answer.

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Poetry In Motion: Prima Ballerina Retires After 3-Decade Career

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:18am

Wendy Whelan, 47, will give her final performance with the New York City Ballet on Saturday. NPR spent time with the dancer as she prepared for her goodbye.

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Michael Keaton: As An Actor You Must Lock In And Let Go

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:17am

"I've got to stay 100 percent present," Keaton says. He's is currently starring in Birdman, a dark comedy about an aging movie star who once played a superhero — a role he can't quite get over.

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Free Speech In Hong Kong, Then And Now

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:16am

NPR's Frank Langfitt has traveled to Hong Kong since 1997, when the former British colony reverted to Chinese rule. Back then, residents spoke openly and gave their full names. Not anymore.

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LA Schools Superintendent To Step Down Amid iPad Controversy

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:03am

Rachel Martin talks with KPCC's Annie Gilbertson about the pending resignation of John Deasy, who had been at the center of a controversial plan to purchase 700,000 iPads for students and teachers.

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Despite Legal Reprieve On Abortion, Some Texas Clinics Remain Closed

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:37am

Texas clinics that provide abortion services were surprised by a ruling from the high court this week that allows them to reopen. But the bruising legal battle may have already changed the landscape.

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Builder Constructs Home On Wrong Lot

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:14am

Mark and Brenda Voss of Missouri built a home in Florida. It's likely their house will end up in court. Two surveyors made a mistake, and the house was built on a lot that doesn't belong to them.

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Restaurant Dedicated To Mac And Cheese Opens In Los Angeles

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:09am

Kelly Chapman's MacOlicious started as a food truck, and now it's a brick and mortar eatery — specialties include mac and cheese with lobster or crab and of course bacon.

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Justice Department's Civil Rights Division To Get An Interim Leader

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

ACLU deputy legal director Vanita Gupta will lead the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. Running the unit, even on an acting basis, will put Gupta in charge of sensitive investigations. That includes the police force in Ferguson, Missouri, which is under fire for allegedly using excessive force and tactics that discriminate against minorities.

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Black Students Gather At Harvard To Watch 'Dear White People'

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

Dear White People follows the stories of four black students at a prestigious, majority white college, where racial tensions are threatening to bring chaos to the campus.

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Ebola Spreads To Midterm Election Debates

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

For a campaign season in search of an issue, Ebola promises to be a prime topic. The virus touches on issues central to both parties — the role of government and its competence.

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States That Allow Same-Sex Marriage Often Lack Job Protection Laws For Gays

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

A federal judge in Wyoming will hear arguments Wednesday morning about whether to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Same-sex marriage is legal in a majority of states. But some of those states lack legal protection for gay people in the workplace. For some, that means they may be able to be legally married, but they can also be legally fired.

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Strong U.S. Dollar Pushes Oil Prices Lower

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

Oil is denominated in dollars. When the dollar is strong compared to other currencies, it makes oil cheaper in the U.S. but more costly in many other countries. And that puts a crimp in global demand.

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