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Stories for September 22, 2013

Update: Coronado-Based Navy Helicopter Crashes Into Red Sea, 3 of 5 Crew Members Safe

Sept. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Three crew members are "accounted for and stable" after their U.S. Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crashed into the Red Sea today. Search efforts continue for the two remaining crew members. The aircraft is assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6, based at Naval Air Station North Island.

Foster Care In America: Too Many Kids, Not Enough Homes

Sept. 22
NPR Staff / NPR
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Claudia Felder lives in Chino, Calif., with her parents. It's a wholesome scene: nice house, three dogs and a parrot and happy family pictures everywhere.

Navy Yard Memorial: President Obama Leads Honors For Victims

Sept. 22
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., is the scene for a memorial service Sunday, to honor the victims of the Navy Yard shootings. President Obama is at the event to deliver a speech that is expected to mourn the victims and call for preventing such tragic losses in the future.

In Push For 'Common' Standards, Many Parents Left Uneducated

Sept. 22
Claudio Sanchez / NPR
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Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, the first-ever national academic standards for students. But opposition is growing, and some lawmakers are having second thoughts about their states' support.

Crash Stops Cross-Country Charity Bike Ride, Miles From Goal

Sept. 22
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Cyclist Jacob Landis, who rode more than 10,000 miles on his bike this year to raise money for cochlear implants, will miss out on the final miles of his ride after being hit by a truck. Landis had planned to ride his bike to every Major League Baseball stadium this season. Despite the crash, he says he'll still go to the final game on his schedule.