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Judge Orders Bank Of America To Pay $1.3 Billion Fine 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:27:00 -0400 
    A jury had found the bank liable for fraud related to mortgages sold by its Countrywide Financial unit last October. Bank of America may appeal.


Lawsuit Opens A Long Round Of Political Pingpong 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:00:08 -0400 
    Republicans in the House are holding a floor vote to allow Speaker Boehner to sue President Obama. They believe he's overstepped his constitutional authority; specifically, the resolution would authorize a federal lawsuit for Obama's handling of the Affordable Care Act.


What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:00:08 -0400 
    The Common Core State Standards in reading and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom? Michigan Radio's Sarah Alvarez offers a peek at the standards at work in a second grade math class.


For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:00:08 -0400 
    To learn more about the new legislation aimed at sexual assault on campuses, Audie Cornish speaks with two of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.


Senators Roll Out A Bill To Curb Sexual Assault On Campus 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:00:08 -0400 
    A bipartisan group of senators has introduced new legislation aimed at combating sexual assault on American college campuses. If passed, the bill would force colleges to handle accusations more aggressively and provide advocates for victims.


As Wildfires Burns Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:00:08 -0400 
    Wildfires are ravaging thousands of square miles on the West Coast, though officials say that this wildfire season has been tamer than average. Still, responding to these fires has proven costly, and the Obama administration is reevaluating how it pays for fighting them.


Fed Continues To Scale Back Economic Stimulus 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:38:00 -0400 
    The Fed announced modest cuts in its bond-buying program and noted that inflation is becoming an issue. But with room to grow in the labor market, the bank is not ready to raise interest rates.


Problem Drinking In Midlife Linked To Memory Trouble Later 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:54:00 -0400 
    One study suggests middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking may be twice as likely to develop serious memory issues as the years wear on.


When Searching For Mentors, Look 'Beyond Race' 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:49:17 -0400 
    Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, talks about the importance of mentoring in academia, especially in science, technology, engineering and math fields.


Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:13:00 -0400 
    One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.


Q&A: Michelle Rhee On Teacher Tenure Challenges 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:03:00 -0400 
    Vergara v. California dealt a serious blow to teacher tenure and seniority laws in that state. And anti-tenure groups say their movement is spreading.


NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:58:53 -0400 
    The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.


During Chicago's 1990s Crime Wave, A Rush To Judgment? 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:56:37 -0400 
    Chicago police faced an epidemic of crime — and, with it, pressure to solve high-profile cases. Linda Wertheimer talks with reporter Nicholas Schmidle about a murder case and his New Yorker piece.


Wildfire Season Flares Up Early In The Pacific Northwest 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400 
    Wildfire season has intensified early in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are turning to the federal government for assistance in fighting the fires and cleaning up the mess left behind.


U.S., EU Try To Turn Up The Heat On Russia 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:26 -0400 
    The U.S. and EU announced more sanctions against Russia because of its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions are more wide-ranging than previous efforts to target the ruling elite.
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