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April 24, 2014 | NPR · If the agency has its way, it will ban sales to minors and keep e-cigarettes out of vending machines. People also would be warned that the nicotine vapor the devices emit is addictive.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · Even as investment in education technology grows, teachers say free tools are just as effective as paid ones.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · Most of us aren’t as maleficent as the fairy in “Sleeping Beauty,” but we’re still apt to spite others, even at risk of harming ourselves. Psychologists are trying to figure out why.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · The White House has decided to provide more covert training and weapons, including anti-tank missiles, in a bid to counter President Bashar Assad’s growing strength in the civil war.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · People recover better from serious brain injuries if they’ve had more formal education, researchers say. They’re not sure why book learning promotes cognitive reserve.
 

April 23, 2014 | NPR · U.S. officers at the ports of entry are arresting undocumented immigrants as they try to leave the U.S. They’re then prosecuted and sent to prison, only to be removed from the U.S. anyway. Why bother? That’s a question people on all sides of the immigration debate are asking.
 

April 23, 2014 | NPR · The Obama administration is reviewing its deportation policies in an effort to conduct enforcement more humanely, according to the White House. As part of the effort, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is listening to recommendations from a range of groups.
 

April 23, 2014 | NPR · President Obama is visiting East Asia, stopping in Japan and three other countries. The trip aims to assure U.S. allies that they’re not forgotten, even as China gets more bullish with its neighbors.
 

April 23, 2014 | NPR · The Justice Department is considering clemency for thousands of people who are incarcerated on nonviolent drug charges and who have also served at least 10 years of their sentences.
 

April 23, 2014 | NPR · Some California lawyers and litigants have created a cottage industry around the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some plaintiffs file hundreds of complaints a year, collecting a living off small businesses that aren’t compliant with the ADA. Small business advocates and community leaders say they focus on minority businesses because they make for easier targets.
 

 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · If the agency has its way, it will ban sales to minors and keep e-cigarettes out of vending machines. People also would be warned that the nicotine vapor the devices emit is addictive.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · The Cubs blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks, teaching a boy a hard lesson on losing.
 

April 23, 2014 | NPR · According to reports, the FCC is set to approve a system in which Internet service providers offer a faster pipe to American homes to content companies willing to pay for it.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · The Mexican-born Kenyan actress has been lauded for her looks, her impeccable fashion sense, and her humility. Now People says she’s the most beautiful woman in the world.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · Now that it’s more common to see gay characters on TV, is the medium turning to transgender people for fresh stories? NPR’s Neda Ulaby looks at TV’s crop of transgender and “gender fluid” characters.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · What hath the Bard wrought? A legacy of words and idioms you’ll recognize from pop culture and even your own speech. On the occasion of his 450th birthday, Ask Me Another presents this handy glossary.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · The musician skates across styles with ease, channeling cabaret crooners and eccentric singer-songwriters alike. Here, she plays songs from an upcoming project that remains unreleased.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · While visiting Tokyo, the pop star posed for photos in front of the highly controversial Yasukini Shrine, which honors Japanese war criminals.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · The Las Vegas production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest features music by Tom Waits and direction by the usually silent magician Teller, who you can hear speak (!) about the production here.
 

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