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Chinese Teens Attend U.S. High Schools Aiming For Prestigious Universities

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

China sends more students to the U.S. than any other country, and a growing number of them are teenagers. More than 23,000 Chinese teens have come to the U.S. for high school. We go to one of the most popular destinations, the San Gabriel Valley — a Chinese-American enclave in the Los Angeles suburbs — to learn what is drawing them to an American education.

Texas Grand Jury Indicts Anti-Abortion Activists Who Made Undercover Videos

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

A grand jury in Texas has decided not to indict Planned Parenthood on charges of selling embryos for research — and has decided instead to indict two people who secretly recorded Planned Parenthood executives.

As Iowa Caucuses Near, Democrats Hear From Presidential Candidates

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

The Iowa Democratic Party hosted a town hall Monday night, where the three presidential candidates talked to voters. It wasn't technically a debate and they didn't appear on stage at the same time - but voters did get to see them all back to back on their TV screens answering questions.

Transmitting Wind Power To Potential Customers Is A Quixotic Challenge

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

Wind power is cheaper than ever to produce but there is a major problem: transmission. A lot of wind resources are hundreds of miles from potential customers. Projects to build high voltage lines to carry that power to where it's needed are regularly stymied by the complex regulatory environment.

Billionaire Koch Aims For 'Better' When Giving To Political Causes

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Charles Koch, the fourth-wealthiest man in America according to Forbes, and a conservative political financier.

How To Keep ISIS From Spreading Is Still Up For Debate

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

Defense Secretary Carter's newest metaphor for ISIS is that of a "cancer" that must be "excised" before it can "metastasize." But the parallel is at best imperfect, critics say — and at worse misunderstands the nature of the problem.

Passport-Free Travel Under Threat In Europe

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

In 1985, the Schengen Agreement, which permits passport and visa-free travel across national borders in much of Europe, was signed. Renee Montagne talks to Schengen Mayor Ben Homan.

San Diego Mulls Whether To Let City, Not Utility, Buy Alternative Energy

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:10am

It's the largest city in the U.S. to commit to using only renewable energy. And even though stakeholders are on board, trouble could be brewing over how to implement the plan.

British Homeowners Build A New Superhighway — For Hedgehogs

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:08am

Hedgehogs are starting to disappear from the English countryside, threatened by cars, garbage and even fences. But now there's a campaign to save one of England's favorite animals.

A Young Afghan Pianist Plays For His Country's Future

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:05am

"I want to show the new face of Afghanistan," says 18-year-old Elham Fanoos, now studying piano at Hunter College in New York.

A Judge's Guidance Makes Jurors Suspicious Of Any Eyewitness

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:04am

A 2012 New Jersey law was meant to help juries discern factors that make eyewitness testimony strong versus weak. But research suggests a judge's instructions make jurors discount all such testimony.

Journal Editors To Researchers: Show Everyone Your Clinical Data

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 2:59am

The world's leading medical journals have a proposal that could transform medical science: Researchers would have to publicly share their clinical data to get their studies published.

Can Just Anyone Write An Episode Of 'Friends'?

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 6:28am

Andy Herd thinks a computer can write an episode of the 1990s sitcom. So far, the computer-generated episodes are gibberish. Herd thinks with a bit of editing he could sell the gibberish to a network.

Former Defense Secretary Tries His Hand At App Development

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 6:17am

Donald Rumsfeld's app is for a game that is based on a card game Winston Churchill played during World War II. The Wall Street Journal first reported on Rumsfeld developing Churchill Solitaire.

This Week In Politics

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:12am

Steve Inskeep takes a closer look at the GOP presidential primary race with Cokie Roberts and Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson

D.C.'s Snowfall Totals Are Off. What Happened?

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:12am

Washington D. C. may have had record snowfall over the weekend, but we may never know for sure because of inaccuracies in its measurement. Steve Inskeep reports.

At Least 1 D.C. Resident Was Elated By The Weekend's Snowfall

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:12am

Brandie Smith, associate director of animal care sciences at the Smithsonian National Zoo, explains how a very popular panda handled the snowy weekend.

Elections In Haiti Are Postponed

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:12am

Violent demonstrations have been taking place in Haiti days after elections were postponed indefinitely. Haiti's presidential runoff — which was supposed to take place on Sunday — has been delayed.

Major Snowfall Wreaks Havoc With Nation's Airports

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:12am

Many states on the East Coast are still digging out after a major snowstorm as they start the work week. Some commuters and other travelers are facing delays and cancellations at train stations and airports.

West Virginia Communities Cope With 4 Feet Of Snow

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:12am

A farmer and a general store owner in West Virginia describe how they made it through the weekend, which brought about four feet of snow to their communities.

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