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Learning Soft Skills In Childhood Can Prevent Harder Problems Later

Academic learning is usually in the spotlight at school, but teaching elementary-age students "soft" skills like self-control and social skills might help in keeping at-risk kids out of criminal trouble in the future, a study finds.

Duke University researchers looked at a program called Fast Track, which was started in the early 1990s for children who were identified by their teachers and parents to be at high risk for developing aggressive behavioral problems.

Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, two members of N.W.A, will be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Acts like The Smiths and Nine Inch Nails were overlooked. The prog rock band Yes got a no.

Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, N.W.A Picked For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

The 2016 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been named, and the roster skews heavily toward classic rock, with Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Chicago and Steve Miller among the acts chosen by the nominating committee.

The rap group N.W.A, possibly getting a boost from this year's biopic Straight Outta Compton, will also be inducted into the Rock Hall at a ceremony to be held April 8 in New York.

A file photo shows AIDS activists carrying an image of Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli in a makeshift cat litter pan, angry over his company's move to raise a drug's cost. Shkreli was arrested on charges unrelated to that 5,000 percent price hike.

FBI Arrests Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli On Fraud Charges

Martin Shkreli, the drug executive who was widely criticized for sharply raising the price of a drug used by HIV patients, has been arrested by federal agents on charges that he misused funds at the company he founded.

The charges were first reported by both Reuters and Bloomberg — which only yesterday was reporting on Shkreli's skills at short selling.

Today, Bloomberg reports:

Low Pay, Long Commutes: The Plight Of The Adjunct Professor

Eric Westervelt of the NPR Ed team is guest-hosting for the next few weeks on Here & Now, the midday news program from NPR and WBUR.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual year-end news conference in Moscow on Thursday.

Putin Speaks: Trump Is 'Absolute Leader' In Race; U.S. An Ally Against ISIS

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia and the United States can work together on a plan for Syria and defeating ISIS, saying the group "is posing a threat to everyone. So the sooner we do this, the sooner we settle the conflict, the better."

Speaking in a large auditorium at his annual year-end news conference, Putin added that the solution in Syria is a political one — and that in principle, Russia agrees with the American plan for the region. He also said Russia wants to improve relations with the U.S.

The Penny family at home in Florida

America's 'Third Wave' Of Asbestos Disease Upends Lives

Until the morning of Sept. 25, 2014, life was treating Kris Penny well. His flooring company had just secured its first big contract.

But that morning, Penny, of Clermont, Fla., was feeling lethargic. He pulled into a McDonald's for a cup of orange juice. Seconds after he drank it, he doubled over in pain. "It felt like someone stabbed me in the stomach with a machete," he said. A co-worker drove him to the emergency room.

The price of oil is displayed in downtown Midland, Texas, in February. Across the state, drilling budgets have been cut and companies have laid off workers.

Massive Downsizing In Oil Sector Brings Acute Pain For The Holidays

The holiday season can bring stresses — what with the shopping, shipping, baking and bills — but for workers in the energy sector, this December is turning out to be especially tough thanks to industry layoffs.

Take Robin Ewan, who, for more than 30 years, worked as a test engineer for Schlumberger, a global oilfield service company. Not anymore.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy is aware that all of her film mentors have been men. "Part of my responsibility is I need to bring other women along," she says.

Kathleen Kennedy: From Standing In Line To See 'Star Wars' To Producing It Herself

Before the new Star Wars movie had its splashy Hollywood premiere, producer Kathleen Kennedy joined the cast onstage. "It's a real privilege to make movies," she said. "Everyone involved on The Force Awakens knows how lucky we've been to carry on this incredible legacy that George began over 40 years ago."

Kennedy is president of Lucasfilm, handpicked by George Lucas to take over his company and the franchise.

Like many fans, Kennedy remembers waiting to see the first Star Wars movie, back in 1977.

Protesters march through the streets after a mistrial was declared in the trial of Baltimore police Officer William G. Porter on Wednesday.

LISTEN: Voices Of Baltimore Protesters In The Wake Of A Mistrial

The sun had set long ago, and hours after a jury found itself deadlocked in the first Freddie Gray case, the cold had started to settle.

Only about 20 protesters had lasted this long. They had marched from the courthouse to City Hall to the City Juvenile Justice Center just a few blocks away. At this point, police far outnumbered them.

Nancy Writebol, a missionary who recovered from Ebola she contracted in Liberia in 2014, told a reporter last July that she was still experiencing knee pain and hadn't fully regained her energy.

From Joint Aches To Insomnia, Ebola's Effects Linger In Survivors

For some survivors of the Ebola virus disease, complete recovery is slow.

Doctors reporting Wednesday on a follow-up survey of the nine survivors who were treated for the Ebola virus in the U.S. say the survivors experienced a "wide constellation" of symptoms, involving many organ systems, for months after their successful treatment for the virus.