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A wounded protester is detained by police as demonstrators try to march to the town center of Bujumbura, Burundi, on Wednesday.
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:38

The central African country has been the scene of mass protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term. It's unclear whether the coup has the support of the full military.

NPR Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley (right) with her husband Ulysse Gosset and son Maxime on a ski vacation in the Alps in February. When she first moved to France, Beardsley enjoyed the frequent holidays. But combined with many school breaks, she and other working parents often find it becomes a burden.
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:18

NPR Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley doesn't expect a ton of sympathy when she complains about unending holidays in France. But when you have a kid who's always off school, it's tough. Really.

<em>United States Steel Mon Valley Works Edgar Thomson Plant</em>, 2013, from <em>The Notion of Family</em> (Aperture, 2014).
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 09:50

LaToya Ruby Frazier's photography tells the story of the black community living in the shadow of Andrew Carnegie's first steel mill through portraits of her grandmother, her mother and herself.

A woman in Kathmandu walks past rubble following several massive earthquakes in Nepal. Officials say at least 76 people died in Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 quake.
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 09:48

Emergency officials in Nepal say at least 76 people have died in Tuesday's earthquake, which hit as the small country is still coping with a prior quake that killed more than 8,000.

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 09:09

Some companies are refusing to pay employee hospital bills that they think are out of line. Instead, they pay what they think is reasonable. So far the gambit appears to be working.

Dream Action Coalition Co-director Cesar Vargas, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in 2014. He wants immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to later be allowed to serve in the military.
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 08:03

Some members of Congress would like to allow immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children to serve. But some Republicans are threatening to hold up a key defense bill over it.

A man watches a television showing news coverage of the reported execution of North Korea's defense minister, Hyon Yong Chol, at a railway station in Seoul on Wednesday.
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:28

Officials from South Korea's intelligence agency say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's latest high-level purge took place in front of hundreds of onlookers at a shooting range.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:26

The jury will decide whether 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death or life in prison. They are expected to begin deliberations today.

Anti-nuclear activists Gregory Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice and Michael Walli in Knoxville, Tenn., in 2013.
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:43

A federal appeals court threw out the most serious charge, sabotage, against 85-year-old Sister Megan Rice. Her case gained attention after supporters said she was being held in unfair conditions.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tours a lab during a campaign stop at New Hampshire Technical Institute in April.
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:43

It has been more than three weeks since Hillary Clinton has answered a question from the press. That hasn't stopped reporters from trying.

Emergency personnel help a passenger at the scene of a train wreck, Tuesday, in Philadelphia.
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:46

The derailment, which happened in the Port Richmond area of the city, left six people dead and hundreds injured. Amtrak has cancelled service between New York and Philadelphia.

The accuracy of self-reporting depends on your frame of reference. Excerpted from "Measurement Matters: Assessing Personal Qualities Other Than Cognitive Ability for Educational Purposes."
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 05:43

Angela Duckworth worries that when it comes to measuring students' resilience, education policy may be getting ahead of science.

Elena Biamon holds coffee berries grown on her farm near Jayuya, a town in Puerto Rico's mountainous interior.
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 02:22

More than a century ago, Puerto Rico used to produce world-class coffee. Now farmers there are trying to rebuild the industry by focusing on growing higher-quality beans, which command higher prices.

Jeb Bush continues to struggle to articulate a position on Iraq and separate himself from his brother's most unpopular policy.
Tue, 05/12/2015 - 22:46

Jeb Bush is walking back comments he made on Iraq that he would have authorized the invasion even knowing what we know now. But he later said he actually doesn't know what he would have done.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 21:29

The train, on its way from Washington to New York, went off the rails late Tuesday. In addition to the 5 deaths, dozens have been transported to area hospitals, including six with critical injuries.

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