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Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:53:28 -0400 
    Parents, you are going to want to read about this prototype from Volvo. It's fully inflatable and designed to make what's normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.

Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:25:06 -0400 
    The president is on the first stop in an eight-day trip to Asia that also will see him visit Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea.

A Path Out Of Prison For Low-Level, Nonviolent Drug Offenders 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:56:00 -0400 
    The Obama administration announced Wednesday that federal inmates serving long sentences for drug offenses will be eligible to apply for clemency if they meet six major criteria.

American Journalist Kidnapped By Ukraine's Pro-Russia Insurgents 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:55:57 -0400 
    The reporter for Vice News was seized by gunmen on Tuesday but is "fine," according to a spokeswoman for his kidnappers.

Propronents Of Affirmative Action Losing The Battle? 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:20:29 -0400 
    The Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in public university admissions. Tell Me More looks at the internal debate within the affirmative action movement.

In Illinois, A Town That's Half-Destroyed But Filled With Hope 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:38:00 -0400 
    Washington, Ill., lost half of its assessed property value to a tornado in November, but residents who lost everything are eager to reclaim their hometown.

Stowaway Teen May Have Been Trying To Reunite With His Mom 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:35:00 -0400 
    News reports indicate the 15-year-old was hoping to eventually get to Somalia, where his mother lives. He crawled into the wheel well of a jet that flew from California to Hawaii.

In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:23:26 -0400 
    One nonprofit in Tulsa has flipped the script on preschool. The Community Action Project says its premise simple: To help kids, it says, you often have to help their parents.

One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:03:00 -0400 
    One Tulsa, Okla., nonprofit believes that improving poor kids' prospects also requires preparing their parents for well-paying jobs. The program's director says managing both is a tough nut to crack.

The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:32:00 -0400 
    Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others are competing to be the main landlords of the cloud. Their terms and prices could control who gets to build what on the Internet, and for how much.

Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation? 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:31:00 -0400 
    Activists say a federal law that allows employers to pay people with disabilities pennies per hour is out of date and should be changed. But some say the law is a lifeline for the disabled.

Race To Unearth Civil War-Era Artifacts Before Developer Digs In 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:30:00 -0400 
    Archaeologists in South Carolina are excavating a Union officer prisoner-of-war camp site, hoping to find historical artifacts before they are buried under new construction.

Citizen Volunteers Arm Themselves Against Crime In Rural Oregon 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:29:00 -0400 
    High unemployment and the growing use of meth and other drugs have fueled an explosion of property crimes. Amid cuts to law enforcement, community watch groups are cropping up to fill the vacuum.

U.S. Clears Egypt For Some Military Assistance 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:11:00 -0400 
    The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.

Obama Tours Mudslide Devastation, Pledges Solidarity With Families 
  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:18:00 -0400 
    A month after the devastating mudslide that killed at least 41 people, the president stopped at the tiny town of Oso, where he promised to "be strong right alongside you."
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