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California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Mon, 2014-01-13 08:10

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.

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California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Mon, 2014-01-13 08:10

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.

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Airliner Lands At Wrong Airport, Barely Misses Going Off Runway

Mon, 2014-01-13 07:27

None of the 124 passengers aboard the Southwest Airlines 737 were hurt as the aircraft skidded to a halt at a county airport near Branson, Mo.

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Supreme Court Ends Arizona's Bid To Reinstate 20-Week Abortion Ban

Mon, 2014-01-13 07:05

With the high court refusing to hear the state's appeal, a lower court ruling striking down the ban remains.

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The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is

Mon, 2014-01-13 06:25

The Golden Globes are ridiculous, always. And Sunday night was no exception. Still, there's something about the goofball charm of this often tipsy ceremony that's easier to take than some parts of awards season.

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Gates Says He Wept Each Evening Over Troops' Deaths

Mon, 2014-01-13 06:21

The former secretary of defense also tells NPR that he fears extended tours of duty in war zones contributed to a rise in suicides among military personnel.

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Thailand's Opposition Launches Mass Rallies To Close Bangkok

Mon, 2014-01-13 06:20

Demonstrators have vowed to continue the protests until Feb. 2 elections are called off and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is driven from office.

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Permit To Hunt And Kill One Black Rhino Sold For $350,000

Mon, 2014-01-13 05:45

Namibian officials issue five permits per year to hunt the endangered animal. For the first time, one was auctioned off outside that country. Proceeds will go toward conservation of the herd. But critics say it's not right to kill one animal in a bid to save others.

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Ariel Sharon Remembered As Man Of War And Peace

Mon, 2014-01-13 04:50

The former Israeli leader died Saturday. He was 85. Vice President Biden called Sharon an "indomitable bulldozer." Sharon was buried Monday on his ranch in southern Israel.

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Slowly, Water Is Flowing Again In West Virginia

Mon, 2014-01-13 04:00

A chemical spill Thursday led officials to warn customers across nine counties not to use the water coming from their taps. About 300,000 people are affected. Officials say tests of the water have been encouraging, and that they've begun a systematic restart of the system.

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Israel Holds Memorial Ceremony For Ariel Sharon

Mon, 2014-01-13 01:48

Hundreds of Israeli VIPs and international dignitaries attended a state memorial ceremony for the late Ariel Sharon on Monday. They remembered the controversial former prime minister as a fearless warrior and bold leader who devoted his life to protecting his country's security.

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Balance Of Power At Stake In High Court Case

Mon, 2014-01-13 00:09

At issue in the Supreme Court on Monday is whether the president's power to make temporary appointments during the Senate recess can be curtailed by the use of pro forma Senate sessions during which no business is conducted.

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Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It

Mon, 2014-01-13 00:09

There's evidence that many standard treatments for back pain — including surgery, spinal injections and painkillers — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem.

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Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock

Mon, 2014-01-13 00:07

It's been nearly 60 years since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down racially-segregated schools in Brown v. The Board of Education. On Monday, a federal judge in Little Rock, Ark., holds a hearing on ending a school desegregation case rooted in the notorious standoff over the black students who integrated all-white Central High school in 1957.

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Transcript: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' Interview With NPR

Sun, 2014-01-12 21:02

Full transcript of unedited interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep.

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Gates: Obama Made Solid Decisions, But Was Swayed By Factious Staff

Sun, 2014-01-12 21:01

In a long and surprisingly frank interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talked about his relationship with the commander in chief and his rivalry with Vice President Joe Biden, and described a deep rift between the approaches of senior military leadership and Obama's young Cabinet.

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Internet In America: An On Again, Off Again Relationship

Sun, 2014-01-12 15:34

For some Americans, getting high-speed Internet can be a challenge. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, consumers rate Internet service providers worse than airlines, the postal service and health insurance in terms of satisfaction.

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The Case Against Hugging, Dead Authors, Sharon Jones

Sun, 2014-01-12 15:15

In this week's podcast, we hear a researcher's objections to hugging, comedian Paul F. Tompkins brings authors back from the dead, and Sharon Jones beats cancer and releases a long-awaited album.

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Former Pastor Decides To Spend A Year Without God

Sun, 2014-01-12 13:00

Ryan Bell was asked to step down from his Seventh-day Adventist congregation in March, after questioning his faith. For his New Year's resolution, Bell has decided to "try on" atheism and put his role as a religious leader — and follower — on hold.

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Should NAACP Image Awards Only Go To African-Americans?

Sun, 2014-01-12 12:08

The organization has unveiled its nominees for the 45th annual Image Awards, established to honor African-American performers who are often ignored by mainstream Hollywood. Some nominees are white, others of South-Asian or Latino heritage. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans wonders if that changes the meaning of the ceremony.

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