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A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection

Sat, 2013-12-28 06:49

Thirty-four firefighters died in the line of duty this year. The unusually high number is sparking a larger conversation about the dangers firefighters face as more homes are built in and around drought-stricken forests.

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Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice

Sat, 2013-12-28 06:23

As the vice president enters his sixth year as President Obama's second-in-command, there comes the natural question: What's next? A long-time senator, Biden has run for president before, and is making some moves that suggest he may do so one last time.

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More Than 1 Million Americans Lose Unemployment Benefits

Sat, 2013-12-28 05:20

Beyond drastically curtailing a safety-net for jobless workers, allowing the benefits to expire sets up a major political fight for the coming new year.

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On The Trail Of A Mountain Lion, Hunters Hope To Help

Sat, 2013-12-28 02:02

Mountain lions are slowly making a comeback, but they live at constant risk of getting hit by cars or shot. In Santa Cruz, Calif., one project tracks how the lions live — and it's already helping to protect the big cats nationwide.

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Rushing Toward Chaos: Covering The Aftermath Of Typhoon Haiyan

Sat, 2013-12-28 02:00

NPR's Jason Beaubien and David Gilkey have covered calamities all over the globe. But the recent aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was particularly daunting. Jason describes the extreme challenges they faced.

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U.N. Refuge Prepares For Possible Attack In South Sudan

Fri, 2013-12-27 15:49

The government says the former vice president is mobilizing an army of youth to seize key cities in the newly independent nation. The United Nations is not sure it can protect the thousands of people staying at its compound who have been displaced by recent ethnic fighting.

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Newtown Report Offers Few Insights Into School Shooting

Fri, 2013-12-27 15:04

The exhaustive compilation of evidence adds details to a summary released by authorities last month showing that shooter Adam Lanza had a fascination with guns and mass shootings.

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Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges

Fri, 2013-12-27 13:42

Scientists and growers are in a bitter fight against citrus greening, a disease that has devastated Florida's orange and grapefruit crops. They fear that unless scientists find a cure for greening soon, it's just a matter of time before economic realities and the disease force growers out of business.

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Amid Political Chaos, Thailand's Army Chief Won't Rule Out Coup

Fri, 2013-12-27 13:21

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha hinted that a coup was possible amid violence in the streets between supporters and opponents of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

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Booking A Flight For The 'Golden Age Of Hijacking'

Fri, 2013-12-27 13:11

In the 1960s, catching a flight wasn't much of a hassle. No lines, no security screenings and no need to show ID. But the ease of travel brought with it some serious consequences.

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Oil Company Looks To Great Lakes As Shipping Demand Booms

Fri, 2013-12-27 13:10

North Dakota and western Canada are producing crude oil faster than rail cars and pipelines can take it to refineries. Now, one company wants to ship it by barge across the Great Lakes. That worries environmentalists, who say a 2010 tar sands oil spill near Lake Michigan has yet to be fully cleaned up.

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On-The-Job Deaths Spiking As Oil Drilling Quickly Expands

Fri, 2013-12-27 13:02

As baby boomers retire and drilling increases, energy companies are hiring, adding 23 percent more workers between 2009 and 2012. But the hiring spree has come with a terrible price: Last year, 138 workers were killed on the job, twice as many as in 2009.

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As The Lead Cools, Some See Their New Year Take Shape

Fri, 2013-12-27 12:58

Is that a cross? A ship with a figurehead? It's only human to wonder what the future will hold, especially on the threshold of a new year. In one German tradition, fortune-seekers drop molten lead into cold water — then it's anyone's guess what the strange shapes portend.

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5 Achievements Of The 113th Congress (So Far)

Fri, 2013-12-27 12:06

The 113th Congress has come to be defined more by what it failed to do than what it did. But the two warring parties controlling either end of Capitol Hill managed to accomplish a few things in 2013.

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