5:19pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Education

New School Year Brings Tough Lessons In Spain

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 10:55 pm

Parents take their children to School No. 103 on the first day of the new school year in Valencia, Spain, on Sept. 7. Spanish students, parents and teachers are feeling the pinch of the ongoing European debt crisis.
Heino Kalis Reuters/Landov

Spain is slashing spending to try to avoid a European bailout, and one of the biggest victims of budget cuts has been public education. Schools across Spain reopened this week with bigger classes, fewer teachers and increased fees for things like school lunch and books — placing a heavy burden on many families.

Conchi Redondo blows kisses at her three daughters after dropping them off on the first day of school in Madrid, the Spanish capital. She smiles and waves at the girls, but privately, she's worried.

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5:07pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Arts & Culture

East Brainerd's Heritage House Hosts Free Film Screenings This Fall

'Man In The Attic,' starring Jack Palance as Jack The Ripper, will be screened Oct. 19th

Classic noir films (such as Jack Palance's role as Jack the Ripper in 'Man In The Attic') will be screened at the Heritage House throughout the fall.  Also, the Heritage House will host Open Screen Night, an evening of short, independent films presented by Chattamovies, on September 22nd.

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5:04pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Afghanistan

Amid Strains, U.S. Begins Wind-Down In Afghanistan

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 5:50 pm

A U.S. soldier shares grapes with Afghan boys in the southern province of Kandahar on Wednesday.
Tony Karumba AFP/Getty Images

When the U.S. military handed over the detention center at Bagram Air Field to Afghan authorities this week, it symbolized an American role that is winding down — and the uncomfortable relationship between the two countries.

The prison, where Taliban and terrorism suspects are housed, has been a sore point for Afghans for years.

At the ceremony, an announcer read the names of Bagram prisoners who the Afghans said were wrongly detained and were now being freed.

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5:02pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Music Reviews

Haunted Harmonies On The xx's 'Coexist​'

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 5:50 pm

The xx's new album, Coexist, comes out Sept. 11.
Jamie-James Medina Courtesy of the artist

The focal point of The xx, on its debut as well as its new album Coexist, is the existential romance between the singers, Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft — each of whom sounds adrift in his or her own bubble.

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4:53pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Your Job Could Hurt Your Heart

Lack of control and high demands make work stressful.
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Stress on the job may raise your risk of a heart attack.

European researchers came to that conclusion after looking at the experience of nearly 200,000 people who took part in 13 different studies. The scientists found that people with stressful jobs had a 23 percent higher risk of heart attack than those whose jobs weren't pressure cookers.

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4:48pm

Fri September 14, 2012
The Two-Way

White House: Sequestration Would Be 'Deeply Destructive'

The White House provided its first assessment of what would happen if Congress fails to act and allows about $100 billion worth of automatic budget cuts to take effect on Jan. 2.

In its estimation (pdf), the White House's Office Of Management and Budget says this so-called "sequestration" would have a "devastating impact" on government programs including defense.

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4:42pm

Fri September 14, 2012
Movie Interviews

Richard Gere On Playing A Jerk You Want To Root For

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 5:50 pm

In the new movie Arbitrage, actor Richard Gere plays a Wall Street tycoon who is intent on making money, no matter the fallout. Audie Cornish talks to Gere about the film.

4:29pm

Fri September 14, 2012
NPR Story

Romney Adviser: U.S. Should Add Terms To Egypt Aid

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 5:50 pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Richard Williamson, Mitt Romney's senior foreign policy adviser. They discuss Romney's foreign policy positions, Libya and other news.

4:29pm

Fri September 14, 2012
NPR Story

More Protests Erupt After Weekly Prayers In Egypt

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 11:33 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

Protests, some deadly, erupted across the Muslim world today as anger spread over an amateur anti-Islam film produced in the U.S. American symbols - including embassies, schools and restaurants - were attacked. In Egypt, protesters took to the streets for the fourth straight day. Egyptian soldiers built a wall to protect the U.S. Embassy, and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi denounced the attacks.

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4:29pm

Fri September 14, 2012
NPR Story

Letters: Same-Sex Marriage Support In The NFL

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 5:50 pm

Audie Cornish reads emails from listeners about Minnesota Vikings player Chris Kluwe and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and their outspoken support of same-sex marriage.

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