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The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, Long-time President of Notre Dame Univeristy, Dies  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:19:55 -0500
Father Ted, as he was known to his friends, was influential in reshaping Catholic higher education. He was also a champion for human rights and nuclear disarmament. 
Film About Campus Sexual Assault Tells Survivors: 'You Are Not Alone'  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:00:57 -0500
Survivors Annie Clark and Andrea Pino brought a Title IX complaint against the University of North Carolina. "This is not about UNC," Clark says. "We're not doing this to vilify our institution." 
U.S., Cuba Work On Plans To Upgrade Diplomatic Posts  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:42:58 -0500
At the State Department on Friday the U.S. and Cuba held high level talks as they try to thaw a half century freeze in relations. They are working on plans to upgrade diplomatic posts in Havana and Washington, D.C. to full embassies. 
Homeland Security Funding Bill Caught Up In House  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:42:58 -0500
With Senate passage of a $40 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, all eyes turn to House Speaker John Boehner. The Senate's bill does not contain language blocking President Obama's executive actions on immigration, which many House conservatives have insisted upon. 
Some Republicans Skeptical Of Jeb Bush's Conservative Credentials  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:42:00 -0500
The Conservative Political Action Conference has been meeting just outside Washington, D.C., this week. A parade of presidential hopefuls addressed the annual event for grassroots activists. There were many conservative favorites, including Senator Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But perhaps the biggest test at CPAC was for Jeb Bush, who's long been greeted with skepticism by conservative activists. 
Alienation And Charismatic Recruiters Among Keys To Radicalization  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:39:00 -0500
NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Maajid Nawaz, a self-described former Islamic radical who grew up in Essex, England. He now runs the counter-extremist organization Quilliam. 
What Do Conservatives Want For 2016? We Asked  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:08:00 -0500
Attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference say they want the next president to focus on bipartisanship, faith, security and lower taxes. 
5 Quotes From Earl Lloyd, The First Black Player In The NBA  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:00:13 -0500
Earl Lloyd, who died Thursday, once recalled telling a young man who thanked him for blazing a trail, "Man, you owe me absolutely nothing." 
Families Of ISIS Victims React To Identification Of 'Jihadi John'  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:52:00 -0500
The family of Steven Sotloff said they hoped the man identified as Mohammed Emzawi is brought to justice. The daughter of aid worker David Haines said she wanted a "bullet between ... [his] eyes." 
When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:51:00 -0500
Millions of tons of food are wasted on college campuses around the country, and students are noticing. Some of them are now rescuing food to make tasty meals for the needy and compost for gardens. 
Parents Choose A Simple Device To Reshape A Baby's Ear  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:07:00 -0500
Sometimes a baby's outer ear may be a tad misshapen. Surgery can help later on, but a plastic mold makes the most of the fact that a newborn's ears are pliable. They can reshape within weeks. 
Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock On 'Star Trek,' Dies At 83  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:37:00 -0500
The cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his granddaughter tells NPR. 
U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:11:00 -0500
Birders especially know that Cuba harbors hundreds of rarely seen, little-studied species. As the island nation opens to more U.S. visitors, scientists hope "green Cuba" can survive increased tourism. 
A Glut Of Ph.Ds Means Long Odds Of Getting Jobs  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:08:00 -0500
Only 1 in 5 Ph.Ds in science, engineering and health end up with faculty teaching or research positions within five years of completing their degrees. But universities keep churning them out. 
Even If Chicago 'Black Site' Story Is A Stretch, It Stirred Up Bad Memories  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:29:00 -0500
While The Guardian's report on an alleged Chicago police "black site" has been challenged by other media, it recalls the "bad old days" of police torture under ex-commander Jon Burge.