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Those California Wildfires Viewed From Space

Thu, 2014-05-15 12:37

The image, captured by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite, shows smoke trails stretching out over the Pacific Ocean.

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Gay Marriages Cleared In Arkansas, But On Hold In Idaho

Thu, 2014-05-15 12:08

In Little Rock, a judge struck down a prohibition on county clerks' issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. In Boise, a judge temporarily blocked a ruling allowing such marriages.

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To Help Nigeria Find Missing Girls, U.S. Sends In Airborne Support

Thu, 2014-05-15 12:05

The U.S. has deployed surveillance aircraft to Nigeria in the search for the more than 250 schoolgirls still missing. Imagery gathered by the aircraft and satellites will be shared with the Nigerian government.

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After Nearly 50 Years In Office, Conyers Might Not Make The Ballot

Thu, 2014-05-15 12:05

A local elections official has ruled that Rep. John Conyers of Detroit, who's served in the House for nearly 50 years, has failed to collect enough valid signatures to appear on the Democratic primary ballot. He's appealing the decision; if he loses, it could be an ignominious end to a distinguished career.

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Hopes Dim For Turkish Miners, But Rescuers Carry On

Thu, 2014-05-15 12:05

Hope is fading that any more mine workers will be rescued from a mine in western Turkey, where over 280 miners died after an explosion. NPR's Leila Fadel has been at the mine and offers more details.

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On The Bedrock Of Fallen Towers, September 11 Museum Opens Doors

Thu, 2014-05-15 12:05

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum was officially dedicated Thursday in New York. President Obama and other elected officials joined survivors and victims' families in a poignant ceremony.

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Housing Is Perking Up, But Realtors Worry About Young Buyers

Thu, 2014-05-15 11:59

Homeownership rates are depressed for people under 35. Economists say nearly 3 million more young adults are living with their parents, compared with 2007.

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Medicare Backs Down On Denying Treatment For Hepatitis Patient

Thu, 2014-05-15 11:48

Two new drugs for hepatitis C can save lives. They are also wildly expensive, costing $66,000 to $84,000 per person. Insurers face paying billions for treatment, or explicitly rationing vital care.

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At A New Orleans High School, Marching Band Is A Lifeline For Kids

Thu, 2014-05-15 11:34

Reporter Keith O'Brien spent a year following the Edna Karr High School marching band. Being a member is more than just a way to be popular; the band offers students a pathway to college.

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Meet The High School Student Who Took Down A State Lawmaker

Thu, 2014-05-15 11:26

A week before graduating from high school, 17-year-old Saira Blair won the GOP primary in a conservative West Virginia district. Even the incumbent she defeated concedes she outworked him.

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The Turkish Mine Disaster: How Could It Happen?

Thu, 2014-05-15 11:10

The accident that has claimed hundreds of lives appears to have causes that are all too familiar to mining experts in the U.S. and around the world.

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In Idaho, A Debate Like You've Never Seen Before

Thu, 2014-05-15 10:50

When two long-shots joined the top Republican candidates for governor at a debate Wednesday, they produced a night to remember.

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Chinese Nationals Flee Vietnam As Unrest Intensifies

Thu, 2014-05-15 10:46

Vietnamese mobs are destroying foreign-owned property and hunting down Chinese nationals in an angry response to Beijing's push to place an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters.

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Medicine Needs More Research On Female Animals, NIH Says

Thu, 2014-05-15 10:05

A bias toward using male lab animals and tissue samples from males may be limiting the effectiveness of medical research, according to top officials at NIH. They'll roll out new guidelines this fall.

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Wildfires In San Diego County Continue To Rage Out Of Control

Thu, 2014-05-15 09:07

Conditions improved Thursday, with winds dying down and the promise of a cooling trend beginning this weekend. But the latest major fire, near Cal State, San Marcos, is only 5 percent contained.

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Oldest National Park Ranger Shares 'What Gets Remembered'

Thu, 2014-05-15 08:35

Betty Reid Soskin has seen World War II, the civil rights movement, and lived "lots and lots of lives." The 92-year-old shares what she's learned with guest host Celeste Headlee.

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Why This Octopus Isn't Stuck-Up

Thu, 2014-05-15 08:18

Some chemical in octopus skin acts as a repellent to the little suction cups on the arms, a surprise finding shows. Without it, the eight-armed creature would tie itself in knots.

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Solar-Powered Bike Lock Aims To Be The Airbnb Of Bike-Sharing

Thu, 2014-05-15 08:04

The Skylock can let you share your bike with others — and it'll send you a text if it thinks a thief has his hands on it.

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For Some Doctors, Almost All Medicare Patients Are Above Average

Thu, 2014-05-15 08:02

Recently released Medicare data show that 1,800 doctors and other health providers nearly always charge Medicare the highest rate for patient care. Experts challenge the legitimacy of the charges.

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A Sponge Cake's Long, Strange Trip: Germany To Denver, Via Japan

Thu, 2014-05-15 07:47

The baumkuchen is an odd yet tasty layered German sponge cake baked on a spit. It arrived in Denver last year via a long, strange tour of Asia. Its history is as complex as its many layers.

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