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August 27, 2014 | NPR · The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
 
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August 27, 2014 | SCPR · The Los Angeles Unified School District has shut down a half-a-billion-dollar deal with Apple and Pearson to provide classroom technology. Here's what happened.
 
August 27, 2014 | NPR · Schools in Napa Valley are to reopen Wednesday after the area's worst earthquake in decades. Hundreds of buildings and homes were damaged and a lot of rebuilding work remains to be done.
 

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August 26, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has arrived in West Africa to assess the Ebola outbreak. The situation in Liberia, he says, is "absolutely unprecedented."
 
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August 26, 2014 | NPR · An inquiry in the U.K. has found that more than 1,400 children have been sexually abused by an organized ring of men in the northern English town of Rotherham.
 
August 26, 2014 | NPR · Robert Siegel speaks with Stephen R. Kelly, a visiting professor at Duke University, about how North and South Carolina hope to resolve questions about the border between them. The original border, which was mandated by the British during the colonial era, was never surveyed properly. That's caused headaches ever since the 18th century.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Aug 16, 2014 — A long career began suddenly as she replaced the lead in Madame Butterfly mid-performance. A Metropolitan Opera stalwart, she sang the lead in La traviata there more than anyone before or since.
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Aug 5, 2014 — Author Jan Swafford has just published a Beethoven biography — and he's sharing surprising facts he learned while writing his book. See some here and join us at noon today for a session on Reddit.
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Jul 22, 2014 — Hear the world premiere of a piece by Samuel Adams — son of composer John Adams — and watch the orchestra's signature encore, from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
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Jul 16, 2014 — Twenty years ago, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti gave a sold-out concert at LA's Dodger Stadium. It still echoes today in both the music business and public TV.
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Jul 13, 2014 — A second-generation American, he was one of the most prominent conductors of the post-World War II era, leading orchestras and opera companies on both sides of the Atlantic. He died Sunday at 84.
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Jul 11, 2014 — A birthday salute to a famed Italian tenor who knew how to guard his vocal resources. Not as loud or imposing as his rivals, Bergonzi sang with elegance and intensity for decades.
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Jul 3, 2014 — Philip Smith — principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, former teacher of Wynton Marsalis and hero to brass nerds everywhere — is retiring. Hear what makes him so idolized.
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Jun 26, 2014 — The conductor served as musical and administrative head of New York's second-largest opera company at a time when American talent was flowering.
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Jun 11, 2014 — A week after announcing publicly that he had cancer, the widely beloved Spanish conductor has died at age 80.
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Jun 2, 2014 — The Estonian composer's contemplative yet powerful music has found popularity beyond the borders of classical music. He's making a rare appearance in the U.S. to attend a festival of his music.
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