3:17am

Tue July 26, 2011
School's Out: America's Dropout Crisis

A Young Mom Resists A Cycle Of Failure

Lauren Ortega, 20, has two young kids and is struggling to finish her GED.
Claudio Sanchez NPR

Second of a five-part series

Of the million or so kids who drop out of school every year, nearly half are girls. They drop out for the same reasons boys do: they skip school, fall behind academically and they're bored. But the single biggest reason girls drop out is because they get pregnant.

Not a day goes by that Lauren Ortega doesn't regret quitting high school. When she turned 15, she got pregnant with her son.

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2:59am

Tue July 26, 2011
Environment

Two States Protect Lake Tahoe, But One Eyes Changes

Lake Tahoe's South Shore as seen from a ski resort's gondola.
Brandon Rittiman for NPR

Lake Tahoe sits right on the state line between California and Nevada, and the two states work together to protect the lake's ecosystem. The partnership has helped to stall the reduction in the remarkable clarity of the lake's deep blue waters.

But now Nevada wants out of the partnership if it doesn't get some concessions from California.

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2:59am

Tue July 26, 2011
Technology

The GPS: A Fatally Misleading Travel Companion

Death Valley Ranger Charlie Callagan has been working with GPS companies to update the road maps in the area, to prevent travelers from winding up on closed and abandoned roads.
Krissy Clark

In remote places like California's Death Valley, over-reliance on GPS navigation systems can be a matter of life and death.

Each summer in Death Valley, a quarter-million tourists pry themselves from air-conditioned cars and venture into 120-degree heat to snap pictures of glittering salt flats. They come from all over the world, but many have the same traveling companion suction-cupped to their dashboard: a GPS.

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2:00am

Tue July 26, 2011
Politics

Obama, Boehner Trade Blame For Debt Impasse

The deadline for raising the debt ceiling is one week from today, and political leaders are still mapping out divergent solutions.

2:00am

Tue July 26, 2011
Asia

China Orders Safety Checks After Bullet Train Crash

The deadly collision involving two bullet trains in China last weekend is only one of many problems in the country's high-speed rail network. It's also plagued by corruption, undermining safety standards. A proud technological achievement has become an embarrassment.

2:00am

Tue July 26, 2011
World

Norwegian Official: 'Insufficient' Focus On Extremism

Espen Barth Eide, the deputy foreign minister to Norway's government, talks with Mary Louise Kelly about last Friday's attacks by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik that left 76 people dead. Eide's son survived the gunman's attack at a youth camp on an island outside Oslo.

2:00am

Tue July 26, 2011
World

Norway Questions Its Tolerance Of Extremism

Norway is starting a process of self-examination in the wake of last Friday's killings. In building an open and free society, there are those who believe Norwegians were too tolerant — even of those who threatened their society from within.

10:02pm

Mon July 25, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: ATF Guns Recovered At Mexican Crime Scenes

Weapons traced to a failed U.S. law enforcement operation that sought to take down violent Mexican drug cartels have been recovered at more than 48 different crime scenes in Mexico, including bloody kidnappings and gun battles that left more than a dozen Mexican police and cartel members dead last May, according to a new report by Republican congressional investigators.

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10:02pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Around the Nation

Study Shows Racial Wealth Gap Grows Wider

There's long been a big gap between the wealth of white families and the wealth of African-Americans and Hispanics. But the Great Recession has made it much worse — the divide is almost twice what it used to be.

That's according to a new study by the Pew Research Center, which says that the decline in the housing market is the main cause.

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9:12pm

Mon July 25, 2011
NPR Story

Text Of President Obama's Remarks

Originally published on Mon July 25, 2011 8:37 pm

Good evening. Tonight, I want to talk about the debate we've been having in Washington over the national debt — a debate that directly affects the lives of all Americans.

For the last decade, we have spent more money than we take in. In the year 2000, the government had a budget surplus. But instead of using it to pay off our debt, the money was spent on trillions of dollars in new tax cuts, while two wars and an expensive prescription drug program were simply added to our nation's credit card.

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