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5 Ways Elite-College Admissions Squeeze Out Poor Kids

Kids growing up poor in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City have no access to several Ivy League recruited sports: sailing, crew, rugby, hockey and diving. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption toggle caption LA Johnson/NPR Take two 18-year-olds with equally stellar academic abilities. One comes from the socioeconomic bottom and one from the top. That lower-income student is one-third as ...

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U.S. Announces Moratorium On New Coal Leases On Federal Lands

The federal government will stop issuing new coal leases on some 570 million acres of federal land, under a new plan being released Friday. In this photo from 2013, coal is loaded onto a truck at a mine built on federally controlled land in Montana. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption toggle caption Matthew Brown/AP Citing concerns over pricing and pollution, the ...

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Housing Segregation In Everything, Pt. 244: Where Brunch And Redlining Collide

Housing segregation leads to racially distinct social spaces, and not just when it comes to schools or offices. Christopher Cornelius/Flickr Creative Commons hide caption toggle caption Christopher Cornelius/Flickr Creative Commons There’s been a lot of conversation lately about people of color dealing with “only one in the room” syndrome in the workplace. But in 2016, it’s still remarkably easy to ...

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GOP Debate: Desperation Time Is Setting In

Donald Trump (left) and Ted Cruz joke about Trump’s comments that Cruz was a “maniac” and didn’t have the right temperament to be president. They played nice then, but will they again? John Locher/AP hide caption toggle caption John Locher/AP It’s the home stretch in the presidential campaign before people actually start voting in less than three weeks — and ...

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Pretty Girls Make (Higher) Grades

LA Johnson/NPR Ring, ring. Hello? It’s reality calling. People are shallow, and life isn’t fair. In a new paper, a pair of researchers looked at the student records of tens of thousands of students at their university. They compared the students’ class grades to ratings of their physical attractiveness, as judged by outside observers from their student ID card photographs. ...

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Winning Powerball Tickets Sold In California, Tennessee And Florida

We know these are not the winning tickets. A customer holds a handful of Powerball tickets Wednesday at Kavanagh Liquors in San Lorenzo, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images After numerous drawings without a big winner, there were at least three winning tickets sold for the record Powerball jackpot of $1.6 billion. We don’t know ...

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'A Bit Of A Montessori 2.0': Khan Academy Opens A Lab School

[embedded content] In 2015, Khan Academy, which pioneered free, online video tutorials and lectures that have reached millions of students around the world, sought new ways of reaching new people. It had already partnered with everyone from NASA to the Museum of Modern Art, and this past year Khan joined forces with the SAT’s overlord, the College Board. The goal, ...

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