The Two-Way
4:17 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

China Weighs Ban On Homework; Teachers, Students Argue Against

In the hopes of easing pressures on China's students, the country' education officials are considering a ban on written homework. Here, students walk to school in Beijing in June.
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Chinese officials hope to rein in teachers who assign too much homework, as the country's Ministry of Education considers new rules that ban schools from requiring students to complete written tasks at home. Citing undue stress on students, the ministry would also limit the number of exams students take.

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Law
4:13 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Fort Hood Shooter Sentenced To Death Penalty

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:39 pm

A jury has sentenced Nidal Hasan to the death penalty for a shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead and 31 others injured.

Around the Nation
4:13 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Obama Echoes Martin Luther King Jr. On March Anniversary

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:39 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Well, the last speaker today was President Obama. He delivered remarks from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where King gave his speech five decades ago.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We rightly and best remember Dr. King's soaring oratory that day, how he gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions, how he offered a salvation path for oppressed and oppressors alike.

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Around the Nation
4:13 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

March Speakers Talk Of Progress, Remaining Inequalities

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:39 pm

Wednesday, on the same stretch of the National Mall where the Civil Rights Marchers of 1963 listened to the Reverend Martin Luther King, a far smaller crowd assembled to celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary of that landmark moment in the struggle for civil rights.

Around the Nation
4:13 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

March Anniversary Attendees Encouraged To Keep Fighting

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:39 pm

Young people at the Lincoln Memorial reflect on the significance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Research News
4:13 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Element 115 Could Be Near Elusive 'Island Of Stability'

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:39 pm

Researchers in Sweden have confirmed the existence of element 115. It sticks around for a surprisingly long time. Scientists believe it may bring them closer to the mythical "island of stability" a whole slew of super-heavy elements that could last for days or even years.

Around the Nation
4:13 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Bells Punctuate March On Washington Anniversary

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:39 pm

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel have more on the various events to mark the anniversary.

Middle East
4:13 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Rep. Mike Rogers: Evidence Against Assad Is Convincing

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:39 pm

Robert Siegel talks with Republican Representative Mike J. Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, about his briefing on evidence regarding the chemical attack in Syria, and whether he still has questions about whether the Syrian government is responsible or not.

Media
4:13 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Kelly McEvers Reflects On Middle East Reporting As She Leaves Region

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:39 pm

Melissa Block has an exit interview with Kelly McEvers, who's ending a grueling years-long assignment in the Middle East that included coverage of Iraq, Syria and beyond. McEvers and her NPR colleague Deborah Amos, won four major awards in 2012 for coverage of the Syrian conflict.

NPR Story
4:13 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Teen Victoria Duval Pulls Off Major Upset At U.S. Open

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:39 pm

American teenager Victoria Duval pulled off a first round upset at the U.S. Open last night when she beat the 2011 tennis champ Samantha Stosur.

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