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Group Says Arlington Cemetery Should End Policy On Mementos In Section 60

An advisory commission is recommending that Arlington National Cemetery end its relaxed policy on mementos left on graves in Section 60 where those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried. Any such change would take place by the end of 2014.

The panel led by former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, a disabled Vietnam veteran, says it is fitting to end the exception to the cemetery's policy, which allows only flowers and small photographs, as troops are withdrawn from Afghanistan.

Families of service members buried in Section 60 objected to the removal of items left at grave sites and a compromise allowed a small photo and a handmade memento to be left through April, when normal grass cutting resumes.

Arlington Cemetery has about 300,000 headstones, and more than 2,000 active-duty military have been buried there since Sept. 11, 2001. The Washington Post reports that Section 60 is one of five areas were burials are being conducted, but its 18 acres also contain graves of veterans of the Vietnam War, the Korean War and World War II.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries — with culturally specific adaptations. The U.S., for instance, gets shorter noodles, because Americans don't slurp them up like the Japanese.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

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