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The Geronimo Hotshots are one of seven elite Native American firefighting teams in the U.S. The pay is good, and firefighting jobs are one of only a few ways for many young men on the reservation to earn a living. And it turns out that much of the community there is dependent on the fire season.

The nation with the worst HIV epidemic on the planet is finally turning the corner on the disease. South Africa is simplifying AIDS care and giving antiviral drugs to nearly 2 million people every day.

If punishment is the objective, said Clark, the mission can be short. The most appropriate parallel, he added, is a 1993 U.S. strike against Iraq.

NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez opens up his notebook to share some of the education stories he's been covering this year. He talks with host Michel Martin about claims of segregation in Memphis schools, and the controversy over new education standards.

Host Michel Martin hears from a group of teachers about how education policies and technology are changing today's classrooms. She's joined by fifth grade teacher Rafe Esquith, third grade teacher Tequila Pennington-Calwise and school librarian Elissa Malespina.

Tell Me More checks in with the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, about the biggest challenges educators, parents and students face in schools today. He talks with host Michel Martin about education as a civil rights issue.

Administration sources tell the wire service that the U.S. expects to formally declare Tuesday that President Bashar Assad's regime has used chemical weapons to kill hundreds of Syrians. Then, word about the U.S. response likely to quickly follow, the wire service says.

If Kansas farmers keep pumping water out of the High Plains aquifer as they have in the past, the amount of water they can extract will start to fall in just 10 years or so, scientists predict. That will cause big changes in the agricultural economy. But reducing water use now could help delay and ease that disruption.

A college student getting help from his parents may be below the poverty line. The mother who earns $23,000 a year is not.

Known for its sparkling turquoise waters and white sand, Spain's Mediterranean beaches are developing a new reputation — for a growing number of jellyfish. Scientists blame overfishing and, possibly, climate change for the spike in stinging invertebrates.

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