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5:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Goats and Soda

Obama's Step-Grandmother Continues Educating Young Kenyans

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 1:58 pm

Sarah Obama, left, and her translator, Mama Sarah Obama Foundation Executive Director Debra Akello, spoke at the United Nations on Wednesday.
Bebeto Matthews AP

The United States has seen many fundraisers headlined by an Obama in recent years, but this week it won't be the president or the first lady — it will be his step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, who is raising funds to build a school and hospital in her hometown, Kogelo, Kenya.

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5:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Around the Nation

National Parks Look To Lock Out Wild Ginseng Diggers

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 9:21 am

A harvester holds ginseng roots. Wild ginseng roots can bring big profits overseas, especially in Asia, but it is illegal to poach the root from U.S. national parks.
Greta Johnsen NPR

Digging for wild ginseng pays: It sells for thousands of dollars in overseas markets. But it is illegal to take ginseng from national parks, where authorities are working to thwart poachers.

They come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Jim Corbin, a plant protection specialist with North Carolina's agriculture department, is out to protect wild ginseng root from the poachers.

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5:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Simon Says

Remembering 'Comic Meteor' Mike Nichols

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 1:24 pm

Mike Nichols was born Michael Igor Peschkowsky. He could barely speak English when he arrived in the U.S. at age 7.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

There are just a few words in the last four minutes of Mike Nichols' 1967 film, The Graduate.

"Elaine! Ben! It's too late! Not for me..."

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5:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Parallels

Wealthy Arabs Descend On Pakistan To Kill The Bustards

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 8:13 am

Winter is creeping down on northern Pakistan from the Himalayan Mountains. The skies are cloudless and bright blue. The air is as cool and refreshing as champagne.

This is the season for swaddling yourself in a big woolen shawl. And it's also the season when Pakistanis try not to ... let the bustards get them down.

I'm talking about the Houbara bustard. It's a bird, about half the size of a turkey, and with the same rotten luck this time of year.

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5:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Goats and Soda

The Whole World Is Fat! And That Ends Up Costing $2 Trillion A Year

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 6:18 pm

This Chinese teenager weighs 353 pounds. At a "slimming center" in China's central Hubei province, he's exercising and undergoing acupuncture to lose weight.
Color China AP

Obesity used to be an issue primarily in well-off countries. It was one of those things flippantly dismissed as a "first-world problem." Now people are packing on the pounds all over the planet. In some fast-growing cities in China, for example, half the people are now overweight.

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