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Backed By Russia, Syrian Troops Advance In A Major Battle For Aleppo

The Russian airstrikes have emboldened President Bashar Assad's army to press a major offensive in a crucial city. Thousands of civilians have fled and are massing at the nearby Turkish border.

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Wanna Place A Bet? From Breweries To Symphonies, The Game Is On

After Super Bowl 50, will the Colorado Symphony Orchestra be playing "Sweet Caroline"? Or will a Charlotte, N.C., brewery employee be getting a Broncos-themed tattoo?

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My Big Break

Even A Broken Neck Couldn't Bury His Dream

Just to make it to an NFL tryout, New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux overcame long odds — like a broken neck in high school. It took years for him to work his way back up the ranks.

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Around the Nation

Beyond Flint: In The South, Another Water Crisis Has Been Unfolding For Years

You've heard of the water crisis in Flint, Mich. But it's not the only place with a water problem. In St. Joseph, La., the water "looks like sludge," according to Louisiana's own state health officer.

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Who Is Moscow's Favorite Among The U.S. Presidential Candidates?

The official line in Russia is that it doesn't matter who wins in November, since it won't change what the Kremlin sees as Washington's anti-Russia stance. But some candidates are better than others.

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Deceptive Cadence

A Fearless Soprano's Case For Contemporary Music

With more than 80 world premieres to her credit, Barbrara Hannigan, an intrepid soprano and conductor, has a knack for making modern music sound effortless and approachable.

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#NPRreads: 4 Winning Stories To Tackle This Weekend

Whitney Houston's Super Bowl masterpiece, a man of many identities, the future of military food — and from The Guardian's archives, an extraordinary, gut-wrenching chronicle of the Delhi gang rape.

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A New Generation Of Saudi Artists Pushes The Boundaries

Daring visual artists, whose edgy work challenges religious and political taboos, have become a critical voice in the conservative kingdom — where open calls for reform are a criminal offense.

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All Tech Considered

OK, Google, Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?

It can be too easy for students to Google an assignment before they stop to think about it. Some researchers say we're losing our critical thinking and memory skills by relying on the search bar.

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Music Interviews

School Of 7 Bells, A Musical Partnership Cut Short, Crosses The Finish Line

The duo School of Seven Bells wrote its final album together in 2012. Alejandra Deheza didn't know then that her bandmate and songwriting partner wouldn't live to see its release.

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NPR Ed

Why Some Colleges Are Ditching Science Lectures For Interactive Learning

The Learning Assistant Program at the University of Colorado Boulder is producing better science learning from kindergarten through college.

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