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3:56 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Quadruple Killing In French Alps Yields Few Leads

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 5:26 pm

On Monday, bomb squad investigators investigated the home of an Iraqi-British couple that was murdered while on vacation in the French Alps. Also killed were the man's mother-in-law and a French cyclist. Police say that extreme violence was used in the slayings, but the perpetrators are unknown.

Latin America
3:56 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Electoral Tribunal Clears Mexican President Of Fraud

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 5:26 pm

Mexico's electoral tribunal has officially declared Enrique Pena Nieta president, dismissing the opposition's claims that he won the recent election through fraud. The fraud accusations have clouded the transition to his taking power in December.

Education
3:49 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Chicago Strike Emblematic Of Union Struggle

Chicago public school teachers picket outside William H.Wells Community High School on Monday.
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Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 8:06 am

The strike that shut schools in Chicago on Monday illustrates a larger, national trend: Teachers unions are having a harder time getting what they want.

For decades, teachers unions have been among the most powerful lobbying groups in nearly every state — and have been arguably even more powerful at the local level, where they've often been able to unseat school board members and even mayors who crossed them.

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Movies
3:32 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

The Straight-To-DVD World Of 'Mockbusters'

Paul Bales, David Rimawi and David Latt of The Asylum call their films "mockbusters."
Mike Digrazia

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:32 am

Dreamworks' animated movie Puss in Boots was a big deal. It won an Oscar, and its swashbuckling, sloe-eyed kitty was voiced by Antonio Banderas.

The meticulous computer-generated animation took four years and something like $130 million to make. But another cartoon, Puss In Boots: A Furry Tail, was hand-drawn in six months for less than $1 million. It went straight to DVD — one of the many low-budget productions riding the coattails of Hollywood blockbusters.

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Games & Humor
3:27 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Test Your Clever Side With 'Another Thing'

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Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 12:57 pm

Each week, All Things Considered and Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free-Range Kids, bring you "Another Thing," an on-air puzzle to test your cleverness skills. We take a trend in the news and challenge you to help us satirize it with a song title, a movie name or something else wacky.

This week's challenge: A handful of private companies are taking reservations for space flights. That means that there may soon be a lot of tourists floating around — which, in turn, means a lot of mouths to feed.

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