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Stories for August 4, 2013

Missed Summer Learning Spells Out Long-Term Struggles

Aug. 4
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At first glance, Horizons looks like an ordinary summer getaway for kids: There are games, bonding time and lots of bagged snacks. But along with the songs and the pool, there are fractions to memorize and online grammar quizzes to take.

Museum Tries To Save The Plant Where Rosie Riveted

Aug. 4
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The historic Michigan factory where the iconic Rosie the Riveter and thousands of other women built B-24 bombers during World War II could face the wrecking ball two months from now.

Snowden Case Illustrates Decline In U.S.-Russia Relations

Aug. 4
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U.S.-Russia relations hit a new low this week, when Moscow ignored U.S. requests and gave temporary asylum to a man who leaked classified documents on U.S. government surveillance programs.

FBI Official: Internet A Key Recruiting Tool For Sex Traffickers

Aug. 4
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Ron Hosko, the assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, tells NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday that the Internet has become a key tool for recruitment of child prostitutes and that cutbacks at the federal and local levels have made it harder to clamp down on the problem.

One Dead After Driver Plows Through Crowed L.A. Boardwalk

Aug. 4
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A speeding car plowed through a crowd at Los Angeles' popular Venice Beach boardwalk, killing one person and injuring 11 others before he fled the scene. The driver apparently surrendered to police later.

U.S. Embassies Remain Closed Amid Terrorism Warning

Aug. 4
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Twenty-two U.S. diplomatic posts in the Muslim world remain closed on Sunday amid a global travel warning for Americans issued by the State Department.

Former Child Trafficking Victim Now Mentors Others

Aug. 4
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Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Regimental Combat Team 7 Rolls Up Its Flag In Afghanistan

Aug. 4
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At the peak of fighting in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, there were 20,000 Marines battling the Taliban. Now there are 8,000 -- and more are heading home every month.