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John Walker Jr., Cold War Spy For Soviets, Dies At 77  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:09:00 -0400
The U.S. Navy warrant officer recruited his son, brother and a friend to help him steal and sell classified message keys to the USSR over a 17-year period. 
Immigrants Keep Children Bilingual By Schooling Them At Home  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:30:00 -0400
Many Spanish-speaking immigrants want their children to stay fluent in Spanish even as they learn English. Bilingual home schooling does that on a more personal level. 
What No Strategy On The Islamic State Means For The Region  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:30:00 -0400
Scott Simon talks to Jane Harman, director and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center, about the threat of ISIS and the United States' counterterrorism strategy. 
Tech Week: Uber's Tricks, JPMorgan Hacked & A Desk Microwave  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:45:00 -0400
Also in this week's roundup, Amazon's $1 billion purchase surprises some tech watchers. Yet we're most excited about finding a way to avoid physical exertion at lunch. 
Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:22:00 -0400
Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday. 
McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns To Avoid Being 'Distraction'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:27:00 -0400
There's an investigation into a payoff scheme before the 2012 presidential caucuses in Iowa. Jesse Benton says suggestions of his involvement are inaccurate and politically motivated. 
Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:10:00 -0400
Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, have been blocked by a federal judge, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion. 
Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:42:00 -0400
The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria. 
New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:39:00 -0400
Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and swept away many of its public schools. Now, the city's largest district is unveiling a transformed school system, composed entirely of charter schools. 
'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:28:00 -0400
Many of the 2 million men serving time in the U.S. have formed their sense of manhood while incarcerated. And becoming a different kind of man isn't easy — either behind bars, or beyond them. 
Week In Politics: Ukraine And The Islamic State  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:07:09 -0400
Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. 
Climate Policy Takes The Stage In Florida Governor's Race  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:07:00 -0400
Rick Scott, Florida's GOP governor, has come under criticism for his record on the environment. Now, he's rolling out his own proposals for safeguarding the state's water and wildlife preserves. 
Fear Not The Chesapeake Bay Bridge  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:07:00 -0400
Vacationers will be flocking to Maryland's Eastern Shore this Labor Day weekend. The fastest way to get there is across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, but that's an obstacle for those afraid of bridges. Fortunately, there's a service that offers to drive their cars across the bridge while they sit in the backseat. 
Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:29:00 -0400
The national average for regular is $3.45 per gallon, down from an all-time high of $3.83 per gallon over the Labor Day 2012 holiday. 
An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:20:00 -0400
You probably haven't thought about whether your phone could help diagnose alcohol withdrawal. Well, it can. An app for doctors measures tremors and may help tell if someone's faking it to get drugs. 
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National News From NPR
John Walker Jr., Cold War Spy For Soviets, Dies At 77  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:09:00 -0400
Immigrants Keep Children Bilingual By Schooling Them At Home  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:30:00 -0400
What No Strategy On The Islamic State Means For The Region  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:30:00 -0400
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EU 'must act on Russia aggression'  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:13:39 GMT
Iraq in push to free Amerli town  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:44:44 GMT
Iran anger over new US sanctions  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:20:31 GMT
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