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Survey: Students' Personal Data Are At Risk

According to the first survey of how schools gather and use student data, there are no restrictions limiting private vendors use of that information, and most parents have no clue that schools let private companies store personal information about their children.
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Candy Flavors Put E-Cigarettes On Kids' Menu

Electronic cigarettes are often billed as safe and helpful for adult smokers trying to kick their habit. But the CDC says 1 in 5 young teens who try an e-cigarette have never smoked tobacco. And between 2011 and 2012, the devices doubled in popularity among middle-school and high-school students.
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A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age

It's estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.
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Finessing Health Coverage: When To Buy Insurance For A New Baby

It's getting easier to cancel a health insurance policy if you get a new job or have other life changes. And new parents can buy coverage for the baby after he or she is born. But there are exceptions to many rules in the Affordable Care Act, so it's worth checking out how they affect you.
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The Origin (And Hot Stank) Of The 'Chitlin' Circuit'

This network of performance venues — nightclubs, bars, juke joints and theaters — formed during Jim Crow because black performers in the U.S. didn't have access to white-owned clubs. But what did chitlins have to do with it?
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West Virginians Still Stocking Up On Water, Fearing Pollution

Life is still anything but normal for some 300,000 people around Charleston, W.V. It's been more than a month since a leak from chemical storage tanks polluted the water supply. And many are still relying on bottled water to drink. Others have gone to lengths to avoid using the water at all. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.)
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Long-Running Gang-Intervention Program Squeezed By Budget

Father Greg Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, talks with NPR's Arun Rath about his organization's mission and financial struggles. The nonprofit, which is going into its 26th year, is the largest gang-intervention program in the country.
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Is It Really Safe? Testing West Virginia's Water

After the Jan. 9 chemical spill into West Virginia's Elk River, more than 300,000 people lost access to clean, safe drinking water. Government authorities have said the water is now "usable" for all purposes including drinking, but many residents say they don't trust the water.
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New York Skier Can't Seem To Win Anywhere But Olympics

U.S. alpine skier Andrew Weibrecht's finish in the men's super-G earned him a silver medal on Sunday. It was a remarkable follow-up to the bronze medal he won four years ago in Vancouver.
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'Worth The Pain': A Life Transformed Overnight By Meningitis

Just three weeks before finishing college in 2004, meningitis turned Andy Marso's life upside down. All of his toes and fingers, except his right thumb, had to be amputated. In his book, Marso writes that the life-changing experience made him more empathetic and a better journalist.

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