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Vision Problems Increase The Risk Of Early Death In Older People

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Older people whose visual acuity has slipped by just one letter on the eye chart are more likely to die sooner, researchers say. New glasses may be all it takes to maintain independence.

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Senate Control May Swing On North Carolina's Unpopularity Contest

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan wants voters to punish her GOP challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state House, for unpopular laws. Tillis wants to aim anger toward the president at Hagan.

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One Woman's 'Pay It Forward' Moment Inspires 11 Hours Of Kindness

Thursday, August 21, 2014

At a drive-through Starbucks in St. Petersburg, Fla., a chain of generosity included hundreds of customers.

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How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

Thursday, August 21, 2014

It's not news that the publishing world isn't very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?

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BREAKING: British Burn Washington ... 2 Centuries Ago

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Two hundred years ago this week, invading British troops destroyed the White House and the U.S. Capitol. NPR wasn't there, but if we were, our coverage might have sounded something like this ...

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California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thousands of Chinook salmon are struggling to survive in the Klamath River, where waters are running dangerously low and warm. Cold reservoir water is instead going to farms in the Central Valley.

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An Officer Shot A Black Teen, And St. Louis Rioted — In 1962

Thursday, August 21, 2014

As we unpack St. Louis' long, tense history of racial unrest amid continuing protests in Ferguson, Mo., we find striking parallels between the events of years past and those of the past few weeks.

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After Night Of Calm, National Guard To Be Withdrawn From Ferguson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The move by Gov. Jay Nixon to pull out the troops came after a night that involved only a handful of arrests in the St. Louis suburb.

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George Bush Challenges Bill Clinton To Ice Bucket Challenge

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Former President George W. Bush declined the ice water and was going to write a check to the ALS charity. But instead, former first lady Laura Bush doused him. Bush then challenged Clinton.

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Financial Players Gather In Jackson Hole For Annual Conference

Thursday, August 21, 2014

David Greene talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the symposium. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City hosts central bankers and economists to talk about economic policy.

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High School Football Players Steer Clear Of Ferguson Violence

Thursday, August 21, 2014

At McCluer High School, 30 varsity football players — all black, mostly from Ferguson — practice. David Greene talks to Sports Illustrated writer Robert Klemko about his story, "Football in Ferguson."

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Female Pitcher Mo'Ne Davis Is A Hit At Little League World Series

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mo'ne Davis has dazzled at this year's World Series. The 13-year-old pitching sensation is already throwing in the 70s, as in miles per hour. Some believe she could be an elite pitcher.

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Holder Seeks To Soothe Nerves During Visit To Ferguson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The attorney general hugged community leaders, a highway patrol captain and the mother of Michael Brown during his visit, and got an update on the federal investigation into the teen's shooting.

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Typewriters, Underwater Hotels And Picturephones: The Future, As Seen From 1964

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The 1964 World's Fair showcased jet packs and other miracles of science. Here's how people back then thought the future would look (and how it actually turned out).

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From A Father And Son, What It Means To Be A Military Man

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.

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Many Seek Justice In Ferguson, Mo., But Will Have To Wait Awhile

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.

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EPA Wades Into Water Fight With Farmers

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The EPA wants to "clarify" the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.

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Spiderman, Batman And Elmo Team Up To Fight Times Square Restrictions

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Times Square performers, who often don characters' costumes, have been a New York City staple for years, exchanging photos for tips. Lately, though, city officials have said tipping the performers is optional, and the city council is pushing for all performers to be licensed. The performers have responded with an announcement that they're organizing for collective action.

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Legendary Vermont Bakers May Stop Selling Beloved Sourdough Bread

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The bread that Jules and Helen Rabin have made in their fieldstone oven for four decades has a cult following in central Vermont. But this may be the last summer they sell it at the farmers market.

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Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Long summer days in Alaska help cabbages, turnips and other vegetables grow to gargantuan sizes. These "giants" are celebrated at the annual state fair, which kicks off on Thursday.

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