Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety
By Ofeibea Quist-Arcton

April 16, 2014

According to the Nigerian military, all but eight of the girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school have been rescued. As many as 100 girls had been abducted by militants earlier in the week.

Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service
By Emily Harris

April 16, 2014

Young ultra-Orthodox Jews are increasingly pursuing college degrees or joining the workforce. That's challenged matchmaking customs and led to a new service that connects like-minded men and women.

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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'
By Ellah Allfrey

April 16, 2014

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.

Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights
By Carrie Johnson

April 16, 2014

A unit originally created to keep the peace during the civil rights movement is training law enforcement on how to be more sensitive to transgender witnesses and crime victims.

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New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved
By Geoff Brumfiel

April 16, 2014

A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.

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Legal Moves Might Mean Fiscal Relief, And More PR Troubles, For GM
By Tracy Samilton

April 16, 2014

General Motors is signaling its plans to ask a bankruptcy judge for protection from lawsuits related to a defective switch recall. This could further complicate its current public relations crisis.

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Iranian U.N. Ambassador's Past Makes Fodder For Diplomatic Dust-up
By NPR Staff

April 16, 2014

The U.S. has denied a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran's choice as ambassador to the United Nations. Bloomberg reporter Sangwon Yoon explains the diplomatic controversy and how it may play out.

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When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices
By Steve Henn

April 16, 2014

Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?

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From Cuba To LA Baseball Diamond, Yasiel Puig's Dangerous Odyssey
By NPR Staff

April 16, 2014

Yasiel Puig has been a star for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but equally remarkable was his perilous journey from Cuba to the major leagues. Jesse Katz told the story recently in Los Angeles Magazine.

South Korea Ferry Disaster Sets Rescuers, And Fears, In Motion
By NPR Staff

April 16, 2014

Hundreds are missing after a ferry sank Wednesday off South Korea's southern coast. Reporter Jason Strother in Seoul offers details on the latest developments.


Entering Talks In Geneva, U.S. Hopes For A Ukraine Breakthrough
By Jackie Northam

April 16, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry is set to meet Thursday with officials from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. They will discuss the crisis in Ukraine. While the Obama administration has said it has overwhelming evidence that Moscow is stirring up the unrest in eastern Ukraine, it says it wants to wait before expanding sanctions. Analysts say Washington has few other options.

RIP FCAT, The Florida Test With A Chorus Of Detractors
By Sammy Mack

April 16, 2014

The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, is being replaced by a test aligned to the Common Core State Standards. StateImpact Florida's Sammy Mack remembers FCAT and its controversial run.


Mass Abduction In Nigeria Suspected Of Being Militant Group's Latest
By NPR Staff

April 16, 2014

Pascal Fletcher, the Africa bureau chief of Reuters, explains a recent incident in Nigeria, during which suspected Islamist insurgents raided a school and abducted Nigerian schoolgirls.

Addiction And Seduction On Yelp: The Language Of Food Love
April 16, 2014

Stanford linguistics professor Dan Jurafsky co-authored a study of almost 900,000 restaurant reviews on Yelp.com. His research shows that those online comments say as much about us as the restaurants.


NATO Makes Plans To Bolster Its Eastern Border
By NPR Staff

April 16, 2014

NATO has announced a strengthening of its forces near the alliance's eastern border. Gen. George Joulwan, the former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, discusses the plan.

Ukrainian Tanks Roll In — But Above Them Russian Flags Fly
By Ari Shapiro

April 16, 2014

Ukrainian tanks arrived in the city of Kramatorsk Wednesday morning. By the time they rolled out of the city, they were flying Russian flags. People in Kramatorsk tell the story of what happened.


Under The Streets Of Naples, A Way Out For Local Kids
By Christopher Livesay

April 16, 2014

A priest in Naples' tough Sanità neighborhood has put local kids — some from mob families — to work restoring underground catacombs full of early Christian art. The result? 40,000 tourists a year.

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The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations
By Cory Turner

April 16, 2014

The new version of the standardized test for college admissions, set to go into effect in 2016, will do away with obscure vocabulary words and cut multiple choice answer options from five to four.

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New Deal Treasure: Government Searches For Long-Lost Art
By Brian Naylor

April 16, 2014

During the Great Depression, the federal government purchased hundreds of thousands of works by American artists. But in the decades since, much of that art has gone missing.

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Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis
By Philip Reeves

April 16, 2014

A plan to replace imported oil with domestic natural gas has led to fuel shortages and long lines in Pakistan. A businessman has spent $500,000 of his own money to develop an affordable solar car.

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