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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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New York City's Bloomberg Leaves Mixed Results On Health

Fri, 2013-12-27 11:16

Bloomberg reduced smoking in New York City but failed to match that much copied success with other campaigns, such as one to lower obesity rates by regulating the size of sodas sold in city fast-food restaurants.

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Stories Merge As 'Duck Dynasty' Fans Plan 'Chick-Phil-A' Day

Fri, 2013-12-27 10:58

Last year, conservatives rallied around Chick-fil-A's president. Now, some are doing the same for Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, who was briefly suspended from his show for things he said about homosexuals. And they're planning a similar show of support.

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Egypt Launches Renewed Crackdown On Muslim Brotherhood

Fri, 2013-12-27 10:53

At least three people are dead and more than 250 arrested just days after the Muslim Brotherhood was declared a terrorist organization.

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Stretch Or Splat? How A Black Hole Kills You Matters ... A Lot

Fri, 2013-12-27 10:36

Over the past year, a roaring debate has erupted among physicists about what exactly would happen if you fell into a black hole. Would it be "spaghettification," or a quantum firestorm and oblivion where space ceases to exist? The answer has big implications for fundamental physics.

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Concussions May Increase Alzheimer's Risk, But Only For Some

Fri, 2013-12-27 10:00

Head injuries have long been considered a risk factor for Alzheimer's, but the evidence on that is mixed. A study finds that people who have memory problems decades after a concussion are more likely to have the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's.

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Target: Encrypted Data Were Taken, But Not The Key To Unlock

Fri, 2013-12-27 09:59

Though 40 million credit and debt accounts may have been affected, Target says the hackers should not be able to decrypt sensitive information they obtained.

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Judge Rules That NSA Collection Of Phone Data Is Lawful

Fri, 2013-12-27 09:42

Rejecting a challenge by the ACLU to the program, U.S. District Judge William Pauley said Friday that the collection of data represented "a government counter-punch" against al-Qaida. The ruling comes less than two weeks after another judge said the program violated the Constitution.

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PHOTO: Saturn's Holiday Closeup

Fri, 2013-12-27 08:35

NASA's Cassini spacecraft focused on one of the planet's poles, and produced an image that resembles a hand-painted Christmas ornament. There's also a new photo of Saturn's largest moons that makes it appear they're stacked on top of each other.

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Indian Nationalist Leader Says Violence Shook Him To The Core

Fri, 2013-12-27 08:02

But Narendra Modi's critics say he's to blame for the deadly anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat state in 2002. Modi is widely expected to become India's next prime minister if his Bharatiya Janata Party wins next year's election. His supporters view him as an efficient administrator.

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