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Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The state is experiencing the worst drought in decades, but water consumption in the southern coastal region is actually higher than in previous years. New rules and incentives aim to change that.

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Tax Cuts Fallout Put Kansas Governor On Defense

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kansas is now in a budget shortfall after a wave of dramatic tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. In response, more than 100 former GOP office holders in the state have endorsed Paul Davis, Brownback's opponent in the gubernatorial race this fall. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Steve Kraske of KCUR and the Kansas City Star.

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Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Florida native Lauren Arrington discovered that invasive lionfish, which usually live in the ocean, could survive in nearly fresh water. The 12-year-old's experiment blew away professional scientists.

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When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself

Sunday, July 20, 2014

When the subject of race comes up in his MFA writing workshop, author Matthew Salesses says, it usually feels traumatic — a burden personal to writers of color.

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The Fasting 5K: No Food, No Water, No Problem For Muslim Runners

Sunday, July 20, 2014

It might sound crazy to run while fasting, but runners in five U.S. cities joined the Fasting 5K, held during Ramadan, to share their commitment to their faith.

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James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career.

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Justice Dept. Charges FedEx For Online Drug Shipments

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Justice Department has indicted FedEx for shipping prescription drugs from illegal online pharmacies. FedEx had been warned, and now faces up to $1.6 billion in fines if found guilty.

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LA Mayor Offers To Shelter Immigrant Kids, Angering Protesters

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says he is working with the White House to house unaccompanied minors who entered the U.S. illegally. He talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the controversial decision.

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James Garner, Of The '70s TV Show 'The Rockford Files,' Dies

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Actor James Garner, whose wise-cracking but affable character made hits out of the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86.

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As Superheroes Go Mainstream, Comic Cons Get Corporate

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The business of pop culture conventions is exploding, with comic cons and other animation and pop culture gatherings taking place every weekend at cities around the country.

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Community Groups Help Immigrants Settle Amid Political, Legal Turmoil

Saturday, July 19, 2014

During the Central American civil wars of the 1970s and 1980s, U.S. aid groups were established to assist the large number of migrants. Now those same groups, like El Rescate in Los Angeles, are helping to assist the large number of unaccompanied Central American children illegally entering the U.S.

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An American Radio Station That's Saying 'Jambo' To Kenyans

Saturday, July 19, 2014

There are about 100,000 native Kenyans living in America, clustered in Boston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Dallas and parts of the West Coast. How do they stay connected? A radio station.

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Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Triathlete Tim Bomba has spent a decade helping people feel comfortable swimming in the ocean. But before he could do that, he had to overcome his own fear of the water at the age of 52.

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Temporary Tenants Give Luxury Homes A Lived-In Look

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A home-staging company fills vacant properties to make them more attractive to prospective buyers. The occupants pay for the privilege of living the high life — even for a short while.

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States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The 13 states that lifted their minimum wage levels on Jan. 1 experienced added jobs at a faster pace than the 37 states that kept wage levels steady.

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In Tracking Bats, It Helps To Find Them Adorable

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Julia Hoeh is a bat tracker. For $350 a week plus basic housing in rural Tennessee, she stays up long after midnight to affix radio trackers to bats and collect samples of their DNA.

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Immigration Protests Continue In California Town

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday is the second day of protests by those opposed housing migrant children in their towns. Murrieta, Calif., is among those cities, but many say the protesters don't represent their city.

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How Turbans Helped Some Blacks Go Incognito In The Jim Crow Era

Saturday, July 19, 2014

At the time, ideas of race in America were quite literally black and white. But a few meters of cloth changed the way some people of color were treated.

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New York's 'Night Of Birmingham Horror' Sparked A Summer Of Riots

Friday, July 18, 2014

The shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer in New York City led to six days of rioting in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant — the first in a series of violent protests in 1964.

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After Abortion Ruling, Mass. Pushes To Replace Buffer Zone Law

Friday, July 18, 2014

Just three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot buffer zone around clinics that perform abortions, lawmakers there are rushing through a replacement.

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