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'Murdersquishing' Them To Death: How Little Bees Take On Enormous Hornets  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:53:00 -0400
They are small. They are weak. They are vulnerable. But these little bees take on a humongous predator in the most ingenious way. 
Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:17:11 -0400
The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate. 
Fla. Man Kills 6 Grandchildren, Daughter Before Suicide  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:05:00 -0400
The shooter, Don Spirit, 51, had done time in prison on firearms violations in connection with the shooting death of his 8-year-old son during a 2001 hunting accident. 
French Jets Conduct First Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:27:00 -0400
President Francois Hollande says the Rafale fighters "entirely destroyed" a logistics depot. His office said more air operations against Islamic State militants would be conducted in coming days. 
Q&A: A View Of The Common Core From The Principal's Office  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:03:00 -0400
Principals are usually pretty mild-mannered. Not so if the topic of conversation is the Common Core. A group of school leaders share their take on new standards, old problems and bad teaching. 
Scientist IDs Bodies Of Migrants, Helping Families Find Closure  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:18:00 -0400
Lori Baker uses DNA samples to track down the loved ones of immigrants who died on their journeys. "I would love not to do this anymore, but I don't think I have it in me not to," she says. 
Congress Quietly Extends The Budget — Past Election Day, Anyway  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:15:00 -0400
Since the GOP retook the House, the chamber once brought the country to the brink of a debt default and once shut down the government. But in election years, including this one, there's no such drama. 
Some On Staten Island Opt For Buyout Of 'Houses That Don't Belong'  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:13:00 -0400
As part of the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy, New York's plan is to buy and demolish hundreds of homes on Staten and Long islands and let nature return as a barrier to future storm surges. 
Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway!  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:52:40 -0400
NPR's Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel. 
A Coastal Paradise Confronts Its Watery Future  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:49:00 -0400
With rising seas, cities like Satellite Beach, Fla., are debating options: defend the shoreline to avoid destruction, or retreat, withdrawing homes and businesses from the water's edge. 
Court Says Navy Investigators Illegally Scan Civilian Computers  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:29:00 -0400
At issue is a Navy investigation that snagged a civilian trading in child porn. The appeals court said the actions violated the Posse Comitatus Act, which bars the military from enforcing state laws. 
Larry Ellison Steps Down As Oracle's CEO  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:28:00 -0400
Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will be co-CEOs. Ellison, who co-founded Oracle in 1977, was named executive chairman of the board and Oracle's chief technology officer. 
Fans Call On NFL To Address Domestic Violence Issues  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:58:00 -0400
On Thursday night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to Atlanta to play the Atlanta Falcons. Local football fans talk about the broader issue of domestic abuse among professional football players. 
Sweet: Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:33:00 -0400
Two major doughnut chains have bowed to consumer pressure to better police their palm oil purchases. Environmentalists say it's a win for consumers, trees and animals. 
Hundreds Of Homes Threatened By Calif.'s King Fire  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:18:00 -0400
In drought-stricken California, firefighters have their hands full battling nearly a dozen major wildfires that have destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate. 
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National News From NPR
'Murdersquishing' Them To Death: How Little Bees Take On Enormous Hornets  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:53:00 -0400
Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:17:11 -0400
Fla. Man Kills 6 Grandchildren, Daughter Before Suicide  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:05:00 -0400
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Salmond to go after Scotland No vote  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:52 GMT
French launch first strikes on IS  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:30:36 GMT
Sarkozy announces return to politics  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:47:06 GMT
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