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Philadelphia Schools: Another Year, Another Budget Crisis

The city's public schools have lurched from one crisis to the next. The latest: canceling the contract with the teachers' union. Just about everyone worries that there's no long-term fix in sight.

Sleeper Maryland Race Could Be Tuesday's Biggest Upset

The governor's race in one of the bluest states in the nation has gotten uncomfortably tight.

Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who's Sick

With the help of online data, doctors and public health officials are tracking the spread of illnesses and predicting where they might strike next. The analyses also provide clues for prevention.

Stressed About Holiday Cooking? Take Our Survey, And We'll Help

NPR is planning our holiday food coverage, and we want to know what you would find useful. What sorts of tips and tricks are you looking for? Fill out our survey and let us know.

Why Farmers Aren't Cheering This Year's Monster Harvest

Farmers will haul in a record-breaking harvest of soybeans and corn this year, but they could be victims of their own success: Prices for these crops, falling for months, are at five-year lows.

Iraq's Yazidis Appeal For Help In Finding Their Missing Women

U.S. airstrikes helped save thousands from the Yazidi community in northern Iraq in August. But the group says the Islamic State has seized many Yazidi women and is selling them as sex slaves.

Grannies Taking Care Of Grannies Is Good For Everyone

Who better to check on the health of older folks than other older folks? That's what AgeWell Global, an innovative program in South Africa, is doing.

The App That Helps The Chinese Masses Mobilize Online

China's popular messaging app, WeChat, has some 300 million users and has become a way for Chinese to rally around a cause, something that's difficult in a country with strict government controls.

That 'I'm A Voter' App At The Top Of Your Newsfeed Actually Makes A Difference

No, really. Some serious scientists collaborated with Facebook in 2010 and found that the app added 340,000 additional voters that election cycle.

Rats! New York City's Population Might Be Seriously Overestimated

If one urban legend is to be believed, there are as many rats as people 8 million. Statistician Jonathan Auerbach decided to test that idea.

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