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Fri April 22, 2011
Japan In Crisis

Japan Struggles With How To Heal 'Children's Hearts'

This week marked the start of the new school year for some of the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

In the deeply devastated city of Rikuzentakata, classes started more than two weeks late. The students' return highlights Japan's struggle to figure out how to care of young disaster survivors.

At Takata Elementary School, second-graders stand beside their tiny desks in their new homeroom, playing a clapping game.

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12:01am

Fri April 22, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Activist In Hiding Presses Mission From Abroad

In Syria, young social media activists are playing a major role in what began as a demand for reform and now seems to be a call for revolution.

They are part of the same Facebook generation that helped topple autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt. But in Syria, protest is a very dangerous business. Some activists have been forced to flee. They now work across the border in Lebanon, with simple tools — cell phones and touch pads.

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12:01am

Fri April 22, 2011
Planet Money

Economic Recovery Puts An Office Out Of Business

At the height of the financial crisis, I visited an orientation for 500 new employees in Irvine, California. Their mission: Take over failing banks.

They were being hired to staff a brand new office of the FDIC — a federal agency that insures bank deposits and shuts down banks that are on the brink of failure.

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12:01am

Fri April 22, 2011
Politics

Rep. Van Hollen Sues FEC Over Campaign Disclosure

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and a team of campaign finance lawyers have launched a legal attack on two rules written by the Federal Election Commission — rules that currently shield wealthy and corporate donors from public identification.

The challenge, in a lawsuit against the FEC and a separate petition to the agency, comes as opponents of big money in politics struggle to regain the offensive. After years of court decisions that went against them, advocates who once fought to set tougher limits on contributions are now fighting to save transparency.

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12:01am

Fri April 22, 2011
Religion

A Boy, An Injury, A Recovery, A Miracle?

Pope John Paul II will be beatified in May, which puts him halfway toward sainthood. To have gotten this far, the Vatican must believe that the late pope is responsible for a miracle. Earlier this year, the Vatican declared that a woman was miraculously healed from Parkinson's disease after she prayed to the late pontiff.

And this raises the question: How does the Vatican investigate miracles?

Let's start in Ferndale, Wash., where a potential miracle is under investigation.

An Accident On The Court

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