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Stories for February 10, 2013

To Infinity And Beyond: Would-Be Astronauts Keep Faith In Uncertain Era

Feb. 10
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Space exploration has stirred imaginations and piloted hopes and dreams, but the future of space travel looks very different from the age in which Neil Armstrong made it to the moon.

Want To Create A Space Symphony? Wait For A Solar Storm

Feb. 10
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In 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick evokes the immense and powerful nature of outer space with Richard Strauss' score, Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

West's Allure Dulls Monkhood's Luster For Some Buddhist Reincarnations

Feb. 10
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In Philadelphia in 1972, an immigrant couple of Kalmyk origin gave birth to a boy they named Erdne. A few years later, the Dalai Lama renamed him Telo Tulku Rinpoche and identified him as one in a long line of reincarnations of an ancient Buddhist saint. The boy was then taken to a monastery in the mountains of southern India to learn the teachings of the Buddha.

As Islam Grows, U.S. Imams In Short Supply

Feb. 10
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Islam in America is growing exponentially. From 2000 to 2010, the number of mosques in the United States jumped 74 percent.

Rise Early And Shine: Teachers And Students Try Out Longer School Days

Feb. 10
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It's 7:30 a.m. on a recent weekday, the sun is still rising and the kids at Pulaski Elementary School in Meriden, Conn., are already dancing.

Eerie Echoes From The First State Of The Union

Feb. 10
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Guns, immigration, support for diplomats abroad, and the nation's financial situation.

Chinese 'Pingpong Diplomacy' Player Dies

Feb. 10
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The Chinese table tennis player who was instrumental in the pingpong diplomacy that paved the way for President Nixon's groundbreaking visit to China has died. Zhuang Zedong was 73.

Poway Student Arrested For Email Threat

Feb. 10
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POWAY, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a 12-year-old student at a San Diego County middle school has been arrested for allegedly threatening via email to shoot a teacher and 23 classmates.

First Lady Among Mourners At Funeral For Slain Chicago Teen

Feb. 10
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Hundreds of mourners, including first lady Michelle Obama, turned out for the funeral of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton on Saturday, a Chicago girl who was shot to death just days after she and her high school band performed at inaugural event in Washington.

Bloomingdale's Lays Out Welcome Mat To Chinese Shoppers

Feb. 10
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A number of luxury retailers are rolling out tactics this year to mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year. For Bloomingdale's in New York City, though, reaching out to Asian shoppers during the cultural celebration is a decades-long tradition.

'We Need To Talk': Missed Connections With Hyper-Connectivity

Feb. 10
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For Valentine's Day, maybe you'll post a photo of your loved one on Facebook, tweet out a love poem or text-message your secret crush. But as we make those virtual connections, are we missing something?

Raising Personable Children, Even If They're Glued To Phones

Feb. 10
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Weekend Edition Sunday is taking a look at how technology affects personal relationships. Along with romantic and workplace connections, family dynamics are shifting.