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Ukraine's Poroshenko Thanks Congress For Support Against Russia

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:08am

Petro Poroshenko arrives in the U.S. to meet with the president and others to lobby for increased aid to his embattled government.

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Rap It Up

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:33am

We're wrapping up the show with a game featuring the letters R-A-P. All answers contain those letters in consecutive order. For example, "a long-haired lady in fairy tales" is "Rapunzel."

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Cultured Film Quotes

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:33am

We love low-brow film, but every once in a while, we crave high culture. In this game, we've classed up a few famous movie quotes with the names of important historical figures: "I'll be Bach."

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Everything But The 'Y'

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:33am

There are words...and then there are super words! Supervocalics are words that include each of the vowels A, E, I, O and U, like "tambourine." All of the answers in this game share this special power.

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The Time Machine

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:33am

Travel back to 1914. All questions must be answered from the vantage point of that year, such as, how many stars are on the US Flag? But be quick: WWI is about to start and the Wi-Fi here is terrible.

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The Big Score

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:33am

We wish we were as enthusiastic about anything as announcer Andres Cantor is about a soccer ball going into a net. Play a game about words or names that contain the sound "go," like "GOOOOO-pher!"

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Go Johnny, Go!

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:30am

Go, Johnny Coulton, go! Our one-man house band plays the Chuck Berry classic "Johnny B. Goode" with the lyrics rewritten to be about other famous guys named John. Can you sing your way to victory?

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

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:14am

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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Islamic State Seizes Villages; Australia Says It Foiled Beheading Plot

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:53am

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

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:47am

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

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:47am

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?

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:38am

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

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:29am

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

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:14am

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

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:03am

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

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 6:01am

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

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:29am

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

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:06am

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

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:06am

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

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:06am

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

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