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Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase'

Bel Kaufman was a public school teacher who revealed what the New York public schools were really like. She died Friday, in Manhattan, at the age of 103. NPR's Scott Simon has this remembrance.
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U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting

The State Department says personnel are being moved to an alternate location amid an escalation of fighting among rival militant factions in the capital, Tripoli.
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Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook

Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck a container ship and dumped nearly 5 million Legos pieces into the ocean. Today, they are still washing up on shores in England.
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Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets

Salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska isn't always about hooking a big fish in the remote wilderness. Sometimes, it's about standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the water to fill up your freezer.
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Hamas Launches Rockets After Rejecting Gaza Truce Extension

Israel's Cabinet had agreed to an additional four hours on an original 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire, but Hamas refused.
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Video: Haboob, A Huge Dust Storm, Hits Phoenix Area

The storm is commonly referred to as a haboob, from the Arabic word for an intense summer dust storm. Today's storm hit in time to complicate the Friday afternoon commute.
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'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials

Rep. Curt Clawson, a Republican from Florida, tells subcommittee witnesses from two U.S. agencies, "I'm familiar with your country; I love your country."
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As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter

There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections?
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Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.
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Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors

The presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador met at the White House to discuss the steep uptick in unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

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