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WASHINGTON (AP) Metro says it's improving worker safety through new rules, training and consequences for those who violate safety procedures. Acting Chief Safety Officer Michael Taborn told the transit system's board of directors Thursday that several changes are in the works.

WASHINGTON (AP) The National Zoo says 4-year-old panda Tai Shan is headed to a panda base in Sichuan, China, next week. He's scheduled to fly to China on Feb. 4. A goodbye party is set for Saturday at the zoo. The last day of public viewing is Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) Data from the Metro Transit Police show crime is up slightly in the rail and bus system it oversees. There were 1,791 major crimes reported between January and November 2009, with robbery, larceny and car theft making up the bulk of that.

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the past few years, there has been a shift. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
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Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

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Computer Guys and Gal

Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

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