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Drought Drives California Fires To Unprecedented Speeds

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Mark Ghilarducci with the state emergency services office about the wildfires tearing across California.

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'All You Can Do Is Pray': Wildfire Rages In Northern California

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

The Rocky Fire continues to grow as crews struggle to protect homes and businesses. More than 10,000 have been forced to evacuate.

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In A Try For Transparency, Mormon Church Releases Historical Documents

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released documents Tuesday that give more information on the origins of the founding of the religion by Joseph Smith in the 19th century.

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In LA, Vets Become Homeless Faster Than The VA Can House Them

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

The Veterans Administration pledged to end homelessness among veterans by this year. Some cities will meet the goal, but LA is way behind, with the country's highest number of vets on the street

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When Relying On The Sun, Energy Storage Remains Out Of Reach

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

The ability to store energy could revolutionize the way electricity is made and used. But for many utility companies and regular folks, energy storage is still too costly and difficult.

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Grandparents Step In When Parents Get Hooked On Opiates

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

Thousands of grandparents in Massachusetts are having to raise their grandchildren, in many cases because the parents are addicted to opiates. The process is fraught with tension.

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For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

The federal rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. The change won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.

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At Some Stores, Readers Can Go Get A Refund For 'Watchman'

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman has sold millions of copies, but some feel it has not lived up to the hype. A bookstore owner in Traverse City, Mich., is giving readers a refund — and an apology.

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In A Florida County, Overdose Epidemic Is 'More Like A War'

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 12:26

Manatee County, on Florida's west coast, has seen a huge jump in heroin overdoses this year. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Michael Dunn, a fireman in Bradenton who responds to overdose calls daily.

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Metropolitan Opera To Drop Use Of Blackface-Style Makeup In 'Otello'

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 12:14

The Met says it is committed to 'colorblind casting' and that its production of Otello this fall will be the first without dark makeup since the opera was first seen at the company in 1891.

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How Percy Shelley Stirred His Politics Into His Tea Cup

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 11:43

In 19th century Britain, keeping sugar out of tea became a political statement against slavery. The sugar boycott was no easy choice for the radical poet, who hated slavery but loved tea.

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Family Of Sandra Bland Files Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 11:10

The federal lawsuit accuses the Texas state trooper who arrested Bland of depriving her of her constitutional rights. Bland was found hanging in a jail cell three days later.

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Just How Arbitrary Is Fox's 10-Person GOP Debate Cutoff?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 10:42

The top 10 candidates, as determined by Fox's analysis of polls, will debate Thursday. But even when you average polls together, it's tough to tell the difference between the lower-ranked hopefuls.

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Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 10:24

After being surprised by online responses to her appearance in a recruiting ad, engineer Isis Wenger wanted to see if there anyone else felt like they didn't fit a "cookie-cutter mold."

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Straighten Your Hair Without Frying It? Engineers Are On The Case

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 10:00

Heat can turn curly locks into a sleek 'do — and can also damage hair permanently. Engineers at Purdue are figuring out how hot is just hot enough when it comes to wielding that flat iron.

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Women, There's A Reason Why You're Shivering In The Office

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 08:13

Air conditioning standards are based on the needs of a 155-pound man. Researchers say it's time to admit that women don't need to be chilled as much and crank up the thermostat.

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Families Of Newtown Massacre Victims Reach $1.5 Million Settlement

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 07:54

Sixteen families who sued the estate of shooter Adam Lanza's mother will receive nearly $94,000 apiece under the deal. The settlement still needs a judge's approval.

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Your Pill Is Printing: FDA Approves First 3-D-Printed Drug

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 07:39

The company that makes Spritam says the 3-D-printed pill dissolves quickly, even at the highest doses.

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The Strangest Presidential Campaign Ever

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 07:18

In the annals of American politics, there have been some pretty quirky quests for the White House.

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Did Beijing's Olympics Song Lift Parts Of 'Let It Go'?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-08-04 06:42

Does a Chinese song cross the line between inspiration and imitation? Many commenters online are saying yes.

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