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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff. Two weeks ago, the group threatened to kill Sotloff in a video depicting the beheading of James Foley, another American journalist.
 
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All Things Considered for March 7, 2013

Mar 7, 2013 — The legendary American playwright's words and characters are central to a national monologue contest that gives high school students a chance to discover themselves in the stories of his Century Cycle.
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Mar 7, 2013 — In a country known for its calm and understatement, the singer-songwriter was a passionate nationalist who sought to instill pride through his music.
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Mar 7, 2013 — Students of color have long been punished in far higher numbers than white students in Seattle. The Education Department is looking at whether black students are disciplined more frequently and more harshly than white students for the same behavior.
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Mar 7, 2013 — Feeding on flowers with caffeinated nectars gives bees a memory boost, new research shows. Turns out, other studies have found humans can get a similar boost in short-term memory with caffeine — if they're exhausted.
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Mar 7, 2013 — China's so-called fan subtitle groups are trying to change the country's thinking. Every week, thousands of young Chinese gather online to translate popular TV shows like The Newsroom into Mandarin. Some do it for fun, but others see it as a subtle way to introduce new ideas about free thought and questioning authority into Chinese society.
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Mar 7, 2013 — Syrian rebels have captured a provincial capital, Raqqa, in the north of the country. The Syrian government has responded with airstrikes, which has set off an exodus of refugees heading to the Turkish border.
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Mar 7, 2013 — In 2009, at age 27, Jon Favreau became the second-youngest chief presidential speechwriter in White House history. Despite his youth, he seemed to have the utter trust of President Obama, who called him his "mind reader." He left his post earlier this month and now has his sights set on Hollywood.
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Mar 7, 2013 — Thousands of Venezuelans have been lining the streets of Caracas, grieving the death of their larger-than-life leader, Hugo Chavez. The outpouring of emotion reflects the huge impact that "El Comandante" had on Venezuelans — and gives a sense of the void he leaves behind.
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Mar 7, 2013 — For more than a century, neurons have been the superstars of the brain. Now researchers say that when they placed human versions of another type of brain cell into mice brains, the mice grew up to be faster learners. This supports the hypothesis that these glial cells — and not just better-known neurons — play an important role in learning.
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Mar 7, 2013 — Cookbook author Diane Morgan says there's much more to a carrot than the orange part. But too often, she says, the root vegetable's frilly green fronds end up in the trash.
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