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12:24 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

How One Israeli Educator Turned His School Around

Principal Ali Shalalha stands at the entrance of the high school. Though school has closed for summer and it is not mandatory, the school is filled with students studying for exams.
Tanya Habjouqa for NPR

In a small town perched on a steep mountain in northern Israel, Ali Shalalha has managed a remarkable achievement.

Fifteen years ago, only 12 percent of seniors at Beit Jann Comprehensive School passed the exams that are the prerequisite for higher education in Israel. Last year, and the year before, every single senior passed.

Beit Jann ranks second now in the high school graduation exams, known as bagrut, for all of Israel. This year, Shalalha — the school's principal — is hoping for first.

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12:22 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Above The Law, A Militia Threatens To Push Burundi To The Brink

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza walks with military officials during the country's Independence Day on Wednesday. Despite criticism at home and abroad, the president is defying a two-term limit and running for a third term in an election set for the middle of July.
Berthier Mugiraneza AP

A quiet street in Burundi's capital can change in an instant. In recent months, anti-government protesters in this tiny, east African country have developed a flash mob approach to demonstrations, rapidly convening and dispersing. An hour later, all that's left are shuttered kiosks, tossed bricks and air carrying the smell of burned tires.

Activists are taking this approach because they say at least 70 people have been killed in protests in the past two months. Their attackers usually wear police uniforms. But few believe the killers are really police.

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The Salt
12:15 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Eating at a full-service restaurant doesn't necessarily mean a healthier meal than dining at the drive-thru joint.

Even if you're not counting your calories, date night at that restaurant down the street is still a healthier choice than McDonalds, right?

Don't count on it.

Dining out at a sit-down restaurant can mean far more sodium in your diet – and nearly as much saturated fat – as eating at a fast-food joint, according to a recent study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. What's more, people consumed more calories when they sat down for their meal at a full-service place, rather than taking it to go, the study found.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Obama Administration Aims To Expand Access To Solar Power

Solar panels gather sunlight in Florida.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 12:37 pm

The Obama administration hopes to make solar power more affordable for low- and middle-income Americans. It's announcing a series of moves, including installing more solar energy units in federally subsidized housing, low cost loans for homeowners and a program to help renters.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Tue July 7, 2015

The Cosby Revelation: How A Decade-Old Deposition Came To Light

Bill Cosby participates in the Black Belt Community Foundation's March for Education on May 15 in Selma, Ala.
David A. Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 11:58 am

On Monday, a decade-old deposition became the talk of the nation.

As we reported, in it comedian Bill Cosby admits that he gave sedatives to at least one woman whom he wanted to have sex with.

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