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The Mile High Promise, And Risk, Of School Choice

Denver's innovative approach to school choice gets high marks from many parents and pundits. The program also raises questions about the limitations of choice in narrowing access and equity gaps.

The Mile High Promise, And Risk, Of School Choice

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Environment

Lead Ammunition Poisons Wildlife But Too Expensive To Change, Hunters Say

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Just before leaving office, the Obama administration banned the use of lead ammunition on federal land. Some hunters want President Trump to reverse the ban.

Lead Ammunition Poisons Wildlife But Too Expensive To Change, Hunters Say

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Business

Mattress No Longer Delegated To Bottom Of Shopping List

While a new mattress was often a purchase put off as long as possible, consumers today are replacing their mattresses more often.

Mattress No Longer Delegated To Bottom Of Shopping List

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Rio's Carnival Is A Glitter-Filled Euphoria, Even If Brazil's Government Is Not

Amid the parties and celebrations of Rio de Janeiro's carnival lie the political satire and protest. To see this, you just need to look at the costumes.

Rio's Carnival Is A Glitter-Filled Euphoria, Even If Brazil's Government Is Not

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Education

Lack Of Education Leads To Lost Dreams And Low Income For Many Jehovah's Witnesses

When it comes to education, not all religions are created equal. Jehovah's Witnesses have the lowest rate of formal education. And that can have a detrimental effect on those who leave the religion.

Lack Of Education Leads To Lost Dreams And Low Income For Many Jehovah's Witnesses

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This 1945 photo provided by the family shows Shizuko Ina, with her son Kiyoshi (left) and daughter Satsuki in an internment camp in Tule Lake, Calif. This photograph was taken by a family friend who was a soldier at the time, since cameras were considered contraband at the camp. Satsuki was born at the camp. Courtesy of the Ina family/AP hide caption

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75 Years Later, Americans Still Bear Scars Of Internment Order

Two months after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the executive order that paved the way for Japanese-American internment. Decades later, those dark days resonate.

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Movies

In 'Get Out,' Jordan Peele Tackles The 'Human Horror' Of Racial Fear

Jordan Peele discusses his new film in which he addresses the politics of race. It's about an African-American man meeting his white girlfriend's family for the first time and the horror that ensues.

In 'Get Out,' Jordan Peele Tackles The 'Human Horror' Of Racial Fear

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Facebook claims to have 1.23 billion daily users globally. Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that he wants that number to grow and for users to conduct their digital lives only on his platform. bombuscreative/iStock hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Facebook Wants Great Power, But What About Responsibility?

Mark Zuckerberg has announced a plan to make Facebook the only primary platform people use to connect to others virtually. But he fails to discuss the responsibilities that come with that power.

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U.S.

A Thriving Rural Town's Winning Formula Faces New Threats Under Trump Administration

Decades ago, Garden City, Kan., embraced the meat industry, and immigrants flocked there for jobs. The city worked hard to absorb newcomers, but now its economy and diverse community are in jeopardy.

A Thriving Rural Town's Winning Formula Faces New Threats Under Trump Administration

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Politics

New York Republican Rep. Tom Reed Faces Angry Crowds, Deep In Trump Country

Constituents have recently packed GOP town halls to voice their concerns about health care and President Trump. On Saturday, Reed held four town halls in his Western New York district.

New York Republican Rep. Tom Reed Faces Angry Crowds, Deep In Trump Country

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