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10:34 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Beautiful Photos Of Everyday Life In 20th-Century Iran

A woman wears a veil and pearls. The image is apart of the Freer|Sackler Gallery's Antoin Sevruguin collection. It's one of the most prominent of it's kind in North America.
Antoin Sevruguin Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Since 1979, tens of thousands of Iranians have lived in exile in the United States. The Iranian Revolution forced large numbers of the population out of the country, and many have never returned. As Persian New Year, referred to by Iranians as Nowruz, approaches many look back on old photos and remember an Iran they used to know. The holiday happens annually on the spring equinox and symbolizes a rebirth in Persian culture. Iranians in the U.S. now experience new lifestyles and culture that make Nowruz's themes of rebirth more real than they had imagined.

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The Two-Way
10:07 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Tajik Opposition Leader Shot Dead In Istanbul

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 10:55 am

Umarali Kuvatov, an outspoken critic of Tajikistan's autocratic president, was killed by a single shot to the head on a street in Istanbul, where he had been living in exile, according to Turkish media reports.

Kuvatov, 47, a businessman turned government opponent, was head of the Group 24 opposition movement. He had accused Tajik President Emomali Rahmon of corruption and nepotism.

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NPR Ed
9:49 am
Fri March 6, 2015

The School Where Everyone Fills Out The FAFSA

For the last two years, Chicago college and career coach Alana Mbanza has raffled off tickets to prom for students who've submitted their FAFSA.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

All this week we've been talking about the importance of applying for financial aid, the difficulty of doing so and what can be done to make it simpler.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Apple To Replace AT&T In Dow Jones Industrial Average

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 10:43 am

Updated at 9:49 a.m. ET

Apple is in. AT&T is out. That's the word from the Dow Jones industrial average this morning.

The tech giant will replace the telecom giant after the close of trading on March 18, the S&P Dow Jones Indices said in a statement. The change is effective March 19.

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The Two-Way
7:52 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Nearly 300K New Jobs In February; Unemployment Dips To 5.5 Percent

Job applicant Rafael Ferrer, 49, (left) greets a representative of the Hilton Bentley Miami Beach hotel during a job fair at the Hospitality Institute in January.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:41 am

The U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department's monthly survey, and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent. The latest strong data beat expectations and follow a robust jump the previous month — a sign that the nation's economy is finally picking up steam.

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