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July 29, 2014 | NPR · House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Washington Post reporter Liz Sly tells Renee Montagne that U.S. arms may be flowing to moderate Syrian rebels, but the aid seems to be too little too late to affect the course of the civil war.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about tenure protections and who gets them.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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Merriam-Webster

May 20, 2014 — Merriam-Webster has added 150 words to its Collegiate Dictionary, but it forgot to include the "p" in its pronunciation guide to "Yooper" — a term describing people from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
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May 20, 2014 — Also: Freegan, crowdfunding are added to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary; Joshua Ferris talks to The Paris Review about the difficulty of naming characters.
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Aug 14, 2012 — Among the other words Merriam-Webster is including in its 2012 update: sexting, man cave, mash-up and earworm.
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Jan 31, 2012 — A biology professor pleas for a return to the proper use of "data" as a plural noun. But in the world of ever-changing language and fashion, is it too late to turn back time? If we could find a way....
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Dec 15, 2011 — One reason it was searched for over and over again on Merriam-Webster's online dictionary: Americans were looking for the right word to describe what they want from politicians.
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Dec 20, 2010 — The dictionary maker says that as debt crises spread around Europe, online searches for the definition of "austerity" soared this year.
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Dec 18, 2007 — Merriam-Webster's 2007 Word of the Year is w00t-ilicious!!
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