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8:03am

Mon January 26, 2015
NPR Ed

Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise

Competency-based education is in vogue — even though most people have never heard of it, and those who have can't always agree on what it is.

A report out today from the American Enterprise Institute says a growing number of colleges and universities are offering, or soon will offer, credits in exchange for direct demonstrations of learning. That's a big shift from credit hours — the currency of higher education for more than a century — which require students to spend an allotted amount of time with instructors.

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7:49am

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama Attends India's Republic Day Celebrations

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Obama watch the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, on Monday.
Stephen Crowley AP

President Obama became the first U.S. head of state to attend India's annual Republic Day parade, which marks the day the country adopted its constitution.

NPR's Scott Horley, who is traveling with Obama, says that the parade is "partly a showcase for the country's military might, but there are also floats honoring everything from India's female mountain climbers to its home-grown industrial development."

NPR's Julie McCarthy, who is our correspondent in India, says it "was a jaunty occasion despite the rain."

Julie tells our Newscast unit:

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7:20am

Mon January 26, 2015
Around the Nation

Fallen Prey To Love's Cruel Sting?

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 7:22 am

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7:20am

Mon January 26, 2015
Around the Nation

Another Coyote Found Wandering New York City

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 7:22 am

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7:03am

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

From New Jersey To Maine, Northeast Braces For Massive Blizzard

Nearly 30 million people in the Northeast are bracing for what the National Weather Service is calling a potentially historic blizzard that could bring more than 2 feet of snow today and Tuesday to parts of the region.

Blizzard warnings have been issued all the way from the New Jersey shore to coastal New England from this afternoon through late Tuesday.

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6:19am

Mon January 26, 2015
Television

Sling TV Could Be Cable-Cutter's Dream

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5:04am

Mon January 26, 2015
NPR Story

A Closer Look At Saturday's Iowa Freedom Summit

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 6:48 am

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5:04am

Mon January 26, 2015
NPR Story

Weekend Shelling Kills 30 People In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 6:49 am

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5:04am

Mon January 26, 2015
NPR Story

Greek Voters Usher Leftist Party Into Office

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 7:22 am

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5:04am

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Hagel: Stress Of 'Nonstop War' Forcing Out Good Soldiers

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:01 am

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, speaking to NPR's Morning Edition, says he's concerned about retaining qualified U.S. military service members amid the "stress and strain" of more than 13 years of continuous warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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4:01am

Mon January 26, 2015
Michel Martin, Going There

Rising Football Star: Prepare For The Worst, Pray For The Best

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 7:22 am

Varsity Football Captain Nahshon Ellerbe is a Senior at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas.
Jeffrey McWhorter Trinity Christian Academy

As the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots prepare to face off at the Super Bowl on Sunday, a scandal about under-inflated balls is still dominating headlines.

While that subject has been a trending topic on Twitter, it is just the latest in a series of controversies this season. So many recent stories about the nation's most popular sport have focused on domestic abuse, sexual assault allegations, as well as the dangerous effects of concussions and other long-term health consequences for players.

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3:59am

Mon January 26, 2015
Shots - Health News

DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 7:32 am

Ultrasound is often used for prenatal screening. It's just one of several prenatal screenings available to pregnant women.
iStockphoto

When Amy Seitz got pregnant with her second child last year, she knew that being 35 years old meant there was an increased chance of chromosomal disorders like Down syndrome. She wanted to be screened, and she knew just what kind of screening she wanted — a test that's so new, some women and doctors don't quite realize what they've signed up for.

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3:59am

Mon January 26, 2015
Shots - Health News

High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 7:22 am

High school athlete Graham Hill, number 50, suffered a concussion in 2013 while playing football at Trinity Christian Academy, in Addison, Texas.
Courtesy of Jeffrey McWhorter

Nearly half of all reported sports concussions occur during a high school football game or practice. And even when injured bodies are ready to get back on the field, injured brains might not be ready to return to class.

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6:38pm

Sun January 25, 2015
Sports

Putting #Deflategate To The Test

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Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick held a surprise press conference yesterday, not to talk about next week's Super Bowl, but about, well, you know, deflated footballs.

(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)

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5:46pm

Sun January 25, 2015
Code Switch

Black Doll Show Inspires With Wakandan Heroes And Jazz Superstars

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 6:38 pm

For the past 34 years, the William Grant Still Arts Center has held a Black Doll Show to showcase diverse dolls for children. The exhibit features dolls submitted by artists and collectors from around the country.
Priska Neely NPR

At The William Grant Still Arts Center in the West Adams neighborhood in Los Angeles, jazz superstars and comic book superheroes are gathered together — in miniature, as part of the Black Doll Show.

For the past 34 years, the center has held a doll show to showcase diverse dolls for children. The exhibit features dolls submitted by artists and collectors from around the country. This year's theme is A League Supreme: Jazz Superheroes.

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