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Young Singers Beat The Odds To Sing With National Honor Choir

February 27, 2015
Fifth graders (from left) Claire Thompson, Sophia Porreca and Tamilyn Lechuga all attend Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy. (Courtesy Denver Public Schools)

Three students beat the odds to perform in one of the most prestigious junior choruses in the country.

After Red Carpet Controversy, A Look At The History Of Dreadlocks

February 27, 2015
Actress Zendaya attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Dreadlocks go back “thousands and thousands of years,” according to professor Bert Ashe, who also shares his own dreadlocks stories.

‘Star Trek’ Star Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

February 27, 2015
Actor Leonard Nimoy arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Star Trek Into Darkness' at the Dolby Theatre on May 14, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Best known for playing Mr. Spock, Nimoy touched a chord as the brainy, unflappably logical half-human half-Vulcan.

What Color Is The Dress? The Debate That Broke The Internet

February 27, 2015
Is this dress white and gold or blue and black? The color debate is breaking the internet and has neuroscientists weighing in. (swiked.tumblr.com)

Disagreement over the color of one dress is setting web traffic records and leaving many observers confused.

Earl Lloyd, NBA’s First Black Player, Dies At Age 86

February 27, 2015
Earl Lloyd makes a block against Neil Johnson (6) on March 28,1956 in first quarter at Syracuse's War Memorial Auditorium. (AP)

He also became the NBA’s first black assistant coach in 1968 and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

In Ukraine, Russian Military Threat Remains

February 27, 2015
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said a "military threat from the east" will remain even if a ceasefire holds between government troops and pro-Russian rebels in the east. (Ukraine National Security and Defense Council)

Despite a ceasefire agreement, fighting continues in the Ukraine city of Mariupol, just 37 miles from the Russian border.

U.S. And Israeli Politics At Play In Netanyahu Speech To Congress

February 27, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans on speaking to Congress on March 3, 2015. His visit is highly controversial, even among the White House Administration. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama does not plan to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he is in town to speak to Congress.

More Parents Say No To Standardized Testing

February 27, 2015
In this Feb. 12, 2015 photo, Yamarko Brown, age 12, works on math problems as part of a trial run of a new state assessment test at Annapolis Middle School in Annapolis, Md. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

A growing number of parents and students are deciding to “opt out” of assessment tests.

Why Can’t We Beat ISIS?

February 27, 2015
In this handout image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations in Syria, during flight on September 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a strike package that was engaging ISIL targets in Syria. (Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland/U.S. Air Force via Getty Images)

For all of the destruction, the self-proclaimed Islamic State is relatively small, but a military strategist says “we allowed ISIS to build up.”

How Did 3 London Schoolgirls Make It To Syria?

February 27, 2015
Renu Begum, eldest sister of Shamima Begum, 15, holds her sister's photo as she is interviewed by the media at New Scotland Yard, as the relatives of three missing schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State have pleaded for them to return home, on February 22, 2015 in London, England. (Laura Lean/WPA via Getty Images)

The girls successfully crossed the border, authorities say, likely to join the group that calls itself the Islamic State. But how did they do it?

Remembering Robert Saloschin

February 27, 2015
Bob Saloschin was a longtime attorney for the Justice Department. (Courtesy of Bob Saloschin)

The World War II veteran and longtime attorney for the Justice Department played a role in the civil rights struggle in the ’60s and ’70s.

Stereotypes, Unconscious Biases And Minorities In The Tech Industry

February 27, 2015
A Google logo is seen through windows of Moscone Center in San Francisco during Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on June 28, 2012 in California. (Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/GettyImages)

Erica Baker is an African-American woman and a site reliability engineer at Google. She shares her experiences and insight.

Putin’s Opposition: Russian Parliament Member Speaks Out

February 27, 2015
Ilya Ponomarev, a lawmaker of the Just Russia Party, speaks at a press conference in Moscow, on October 23, 2012. (Andrey Smirnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Ilya Ponomarev was the sole member of the Russian parliament to vote against the annexation of Crimea. He joins us.

Peering Over The DHS Cliff – Will Congress Get It Done?

February 27, 2015
The logo of the Department of Homeland Security is seen at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Washington, D.C., February 25, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Congress’s deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security is tonight at midnight. We get the latest from NPR’s Ron Elving.

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