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In Chicago, Dueling Ads Over The Meaning Of 'Jihad'

There is an advertising battle going on over the Arabic term jihad. In Chicago, a group has launched a bus and subway ad campaign meant to reclaim the term jihad from another series of ads that presents jihadists as violent.
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Improved U.S. Jobs Numbers Could Take A Hit From New Budget Cuts

The White House is cheering a better than expected jobs report. But economists caution that automatic government spending cuts could lead to slower job growth in the months to come.
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Dismissal Of Air Force Officer's Sexual Assault Conviction Raises Questions

Members of Congress are demanding answers after an Air Force commander overturned the guilty verdict in a sexual assault case. A military jury had convicted an Air Force officer and sentenced him to a year in prison and dismissal from the service. The commander has not publicly explained his decision. Audie Cornish talks to Stars and Stripes reporter Nancy Montgomery, who's been covering the story.
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Economists Pleasantly Surprised By February Jobs Report

The jobs report for February came in surprisingly strong this morning. Employers added 236,000 jobs to payrolls and the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.7 percent.
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Faced With Massive Budget Cuts, Philadelphia Plans To Shutter 23 Schools

School officials in Philadelphia announced Thursday night the names of 23 schools that will be closed to help narrow a budget gap of more than $1 billion. Philadelphia is one of several big city school districts that are shutting down schools amid declining enrollments, the rise of charter schools and low student achievement.
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Chicago Blackhawks Continue Remarkable NHL Winning Streak

Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the Chicago Blackhawks record in the NHL.
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Washington, D.C.-Area Could Be Among Hardest Hit By Sequestration

As sequestration begins, the Washington region's more than 600,000 federal workers and contractors are bracing for pay cuts, furloughs, or job cuts. Julie John Knott, a secretary at a web design contractor in Northern Virginia, has already lost her job.
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Flu Risk And Weather: It's Not The Heat, It's The Humidity

Why do people in Boston get the flu when it's cold, while people in Senegal get sick when it's hot? Humidity is a big part of the explanation. But how flu spreads in the tropics and more temperate climates appears to be different.
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Alabama's Contentious Education Bill In Limbo As Courts Review Cases

A week after a sweeping education bill was abruptly adopted by Alabama's Legislature, the legislation is on hold, with a circuit judge and the state's supreme court reviewing separate lawsuits filed over it. The bill gives tax credits to parents who move children from struggling schools to private or public schools.

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