Two Trains Derail In India, Killing At Least 24; Floodwaters Blamed

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More than 300 people survived, according to local media reports. Just minutes before the crashes, another train had passed safely over the same area.

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'Cold Mountain' Takes Civil War Odyssey To The Opera Stage

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The best-selling novel and star-studded movie gets the operatic treatment from Pulitzer-winning composer Jennifer Higdon with a world premiere in Santa Fe.

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In Peaceful Sri Lanka, Army Holds Thousands Of Acres Seized In Civil War

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Since the country's long fight against Tamil separatists ended, the economy and democracy have advanced. But for thousands of civilians displaced by war, the fight to recover their land continues.

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Villainous Scheme Makes Dozens A Few Minutes Late

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A 40-foot inflatable "minion" — the yellow, unintelligible sidekicks from the Despicable Me movies who recently were given their own spinoff — broke loose and blocked traffic in Dublin this week.

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The New, New Framework For AP U.S. History

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After its 2014 Advanced Placement U.S. history framework became a target of intense criticism, the College Board did something unusual: It agreed to a re-write.

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Kasich Makes The Cut, Perry Left In The Cold For First GOP Presidential Debate

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Fox News, which is hosting Thursday night's debate, announced Tuesday who made the main event. The cutoff line, which pollsters say is too sharp given polls' margins of error, could reshape campaigns.

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New Study Says Chilly Offices Hurt Women Workers' Productivity, Health

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Women tend to feel colder than men in heavily air-conditioned workplaces. Alan Hedge, a professor of ergonomics at Cornell University, explains why — and how it can impact companies' bottom lines.

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Looking Up: Amusement Parks May Have A Record-Breaking Year

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Some 260 million people spend about $10 billion annually at regional theme parks, and attendance is soaring. To attract more thrill-seekers, the parks have been adding bigger, faster rides.

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WHIP The Competition: Stat-Heads Run Minor League Team, Lead It To First

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It's a fantasy baseball player's dream: Taking the reins at a real ballclub. That's what two baseball writers did this year, planning to run the minor league squad based on advanced statistics.

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Need Fake Friends For Your Wedding? In S. Korea, You Can Hire Them

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Baby showers, weddings, even meet-the-parent weekends don't have to include your actual loved ones, at least not in South Korea. A cottage casting industry exists to help fill your life-staging needs.

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A Syrian Refugee School: Nearly 2,000 Students, 5 Shifts, 3 Languages

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Many Syrian refugee children haven't been to school in years. NPR's Deborah Amos visits one school in southern Turkey that serves as a refuge for those lucky enough to attend.

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U.S. And NATO Seek New Ways To Help Secure Ukraine's Border

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"Clearly what we see is that conditions in eastern Ukraine have to change," NATO Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove tells NPR's Renee Montagne.

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Al-Qaida In Yemen Says U.S. Drone Strike Killed Senior Cleric

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A prominent presence in the Al-Qaida in Yemen organization, Sheik Harith al-Nadhari was among those who praised the recent attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg To Step Down

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The head of the Food and Drug Administration has been on the job for six years and presided over such controversial decisions as relaxing age restrictions on the Plan B contraceptive.

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Top Stories: NATO Considers Ukraine; Deadly Yemeni Drone Strike

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Also: Jordan's king says a war against ISIS will be "relentless"; President Obama and the Dalai Lama attend the National Prayer Breakfast; and there's a new group game to escape fake zombies.

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