Colorado is still in the running to get millions of federal dollars to help reform schools. The state failed to win money in the first round of the federal race to the top competition, and is now competing for a smaller pot of cash. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · Spiritual leaders are praying for calm, but preparing for everything, as they wait for a grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown.
 

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · The news comes as troops pull out of Afghanistan and begin a new offensive against the Islamic State. The New York Times cites officials saying that fight would “demand a different kind of focus.”
 

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · The two sides had set a deadline of today to hammer out a deal, curbing Iran’s nuclear programs. Instead, Western powers and Iran agreed to a second extension of talks.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · Nash says it took her a long time to see her comedic side as a gift, but she finally embraced it. Now her role as Nurse DiDi in the HBO comedy series has opened the door to more serious opportunities.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · The muscle man with the ponytail was once on track to become Mr. America. But a car accident shattered Tony Little’s hopes of competing. Just when he hit rock bottom, he got a life-changing idea.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · Tom McGrath, an executive producer of Penguins of Madagascar who also co-directed the first three films in the franchise, says he came to voice the part of the penguin Skipper kind of by accident.
 

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · The Super Furry Animals frontman’s new multimedia project explores the improbable and fantastic history of his 18th-century ancestor, John Evans. Oh, and there are unicorns.
 

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