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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Fri January 30, 2015

As Deadline Passes, The Fate Of ISIS Hostages Is Uncertain

As a deadline came and went, the fate of two hostages being held by the Islamic State is uncertain.

As we've reported, Jordan has indicated it was willing to release a convicted terrorist in exchange for the release of a Jordanian prisoner. On Thursday, Jordan demanded proof of life from the Islamic State, which had demanded the exchange take place by sundown on Thursday.

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Around the Nation
6:13 am
Fri January 30, 2015

The Art World Gets In On The Super Bowl Rivalry

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 6:46 am

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NPR Ed
6:08 am
Fri January 30, 2015

True Or False? Free And Reduced - Price Lunch = Poor

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Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 11:34 am

In the education world, you see this phrase all the time: "free and reduced-price lunch." What's the percentage at a given school? In a given district or state?

It's not necessarily out of concern about who's getting fed. Instead, it's most often used to talk about concentrations of poverty and how that effects learning.

The phrase refers to students enrolled in the National School Lunch Program — an easily available data point for any school and any district.

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Sports
6:04 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Richard Sherman Is On Baby Watch

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 6:46 am

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

South Africa Grants Parole To Notorious Apartheid-Era Death Squad Leader

Eugene De Kock a former Vlakplaas commander speaks to the judge at a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1999. De Kock, the apartheid regime's top assassin, asked the commission for amnesty for over 100 incidents of torture, murder and fraud.
Yoav Lemmer AFP/Getty Images

The South African government has decided to grant parole to a notorious Apartheid-era death squad leader.

As The Guardian reports, Eugene de Kock, who was known as "Prime Evil," was sentenced to two life terms in connection to the killings.

The Guardian adds:

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