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5:02am

Wed September 12, 2012
Around the Nation

Alaska Fisherman Rescued From Plastic Bin

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

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5:01am

Wed September 12, 2012
Around the Nation

Gettysburg's Electric Battle Map Up For Sale

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

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4:18am

Wed September 12, 2012
NPR Story

As Chicago Teachers Strike, Unions At A Crossroad

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

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On the face of it, the teacher's strike in Chicago is about money, job security and how teachers are evaluated. But it's also about the political pressure on teachers' unions to make concessions that not long ago would've been unheard of. Teachers' collective bargaining rights these days have taken a backseat to bare-bones budgets and to claims that unions are an obstacle to efforts aimed at improving the quality of schools. As NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports, all these elements have come together in Chicago.

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4:18am

Wed September 12, 2012
NPR Story

Rumors Abound Over 'Missing' Chinese Leader

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

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The rumor mills in China are in overdrive this week, with speculation about the health and whereabouts of the heir to China's top leader. Just weeks before Vice President Xi Jinping is expected to be elevated to head of the party, he seems to have disappeared. He's been mysteriously out of sight since last week when he missed an important meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and also the Prime Ministers of Denmark and Singapore.

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4:18am

Wed September 12, 2012
NPR Story

Arctic Ice At Lowest Level In Decades

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:28 pm

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Here's some troubling news. Ice covering the Arctic Ocean has melted more dramatically this year than ever before. This year's loss of ice has exceeded the previous record by an area the size of Texas. NPR's Richard Harris reports.

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