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Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:08:21 -0400
One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population. 
Q&A: Michelle Rhee On Teacher Tenure Challenges  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:03:14 -0400
Vergara v. California dealt a serious blow to teacher tenure and seniority laws in that state. And anti-tenure groups say their movement is spreading. 
NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:58:53 -0400
The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players. 
During Chicago's 1990s Crime Wave, A Rush To Judgment?  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:56:37 -0400
Chicago police faced an epidemic of crime — and, with it, pressure to solve high-profile cases. Linda Wertheimer talks with reporter Nicholas Schmidle about a murder case and his New Yorker piece. 
Wildfire Season Flares Up Early In The Pacific Northwest  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400
Wildfire season has intensified early in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are turning to the federal government for assistance in fighting the fires and cleaning up the mess left behind. 
U.S., EU Try To Turn Up The Heat On Russia  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400
The U.S. and EU announced more sanctions against Russia because of its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions are more wide-ranging than previous efforts to target the ruling elite. 
Deford: Is Goodell Good Enough To Lead The NFL?  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's two-game suspension of a Baltimore Ravens player for an alleged assault has been widely criticized. Commentator Frank Deford says American football needs a new envoy. 
California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400
Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all. 
Senate's Highway Trust Fund Bill Sets Up Conflict With The House  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:00 -0400
A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution. 
U.S. Judge Sides With Iraq, Blocks Kurds' Attempt To Sell Oil  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:00 -0400
A U.S. judge has blocked an effort by Iraq's Kurdistan region to sell $100 million worth of crude oil to refiners in the U.S. It's sitting in a giant tanker ship off the coast of Texas. The judge agreed with the Iraqi government that the oil belongs to it and not the Kurds. 
Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:00 -0400
Scientists are trying to raise prized bluefin tuna completely in captivity. An experiment at a Baltimore college is the first successful attempt in North America. 
As Pharma Jobs Leave N.J., Office Space Ghost Towns Remain  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:00 -0400
In the last 20 years, New Jersey went from having more than 20 percent of U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturing jobs to less than 10 percent. That means offices, labs and warehouses have gone dark. 
New York Skyscraper's Separate 'Poor Door' Called A 'Disgrace'  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:00 -0400
A developer got tax breaks for creating affordable units in its luxury high-rise, but those tenants will have to use a separate entrance. Officials vow to review zoning laws that allowed the design. 
McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:19:00 -0400
The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling. 
Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:41:00 -0400
A federal appellate court rejected arguments that women could seek abortions outside the state, saying no state can farm its constitutional duties out to its neighbors.