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Newbie Urban Gardeners May Not Be Aware Of Soil's Dirty Legacy

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 04:18

More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, a report finds, but they're clueless about how to avoid other types of contaminants.

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'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

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For Syrian Refugees, 'Life Has Stopped'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Syrian refugees have flooded into Lebanon since the war began. The UN said this week that 1 million refugees are now in the country. NPR's Scott Simon and Alice Fordham discuss the impact.

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With Modern Election, Voters Make A Break From Old Afghanistan

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Afghans voted for a new president Saturday, with only scattered violence. NPR'S Renee Montagne tells NPR's Scott Simon that the vote reflects the country's tug between tradition and modernity.

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'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush go on exhibit in Dallas on Saturday. He took up the hobby after he read Winston Churchill's essay, "Painting as Pastime."

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Argument May Have Led To Fort Hood Shooting

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Officials at Fort Hood, Texas, are investigating an argument that may have led to a shooting spree there this week. They are moving away from a focus on the suspect's mental health issues.

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Bringing Death To The Shopping Mall: Selling Caskets At The Kiosk

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

Malls have long been the place to "shop till you drop." In Southern California, Forest Lawn, a funeral industry leader, has made them places to shop before you drop.

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Afghans Vote In Large Numbers Despite Risks

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 03:36

After a campaign marred by violence, Afghans voted Saturday in presidential elections for what's to be the first ever democratic transfer of power. Results are not expected for some time.

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Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 01:45

Iran reportedly nominated a diplomat with ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S Embassy in Tehran. It's the latest sign of how hard it will be for the U.S. and Iran to overcome decades of mistrust.

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Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 01:40

The Justice Department wants the settlement with mining company Kerr-McGee to send a powerful message: corporations can't shirk their responsibility to clean up the toxic legacies of their operations.

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The Power of Poop: A Whale Story

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 01:39

Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.

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The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 01:39

Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.

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We've Never Stopped Thinking About Kurt Cobain

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-05 01:03

Twenty years after his death, Nirvana's music — and tributes to and fights over it — remains a steady presence. Here's a taste.

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Defying Taliban Threats, Afghans Vote For Next Leader

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 22:33

No major violence has been reported since polls opened Saturday, in elections that may result in the nation's first democratic transfer of power.

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