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EPA Approves Use Of More Ethanol In Fuel For Some Cars

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The Environmental Protection Agency is allowing higher amounts of ethanol to be used in gasoline, and the decision is drawing mixed reactions.

Right now at most pumps, the gasoline contains 10 percent ethanol. Ethanol producers have asked for permission to offer 15 percent ethanol, and the EPA has said that's O.K. for cars built in 2007 or later. The EPA points to what officials call extensive testing on those vehicles.

Other groups, from AAA to the Petroleum Refiners Association, still argue that not enough testing has been done on other engines like boats or lawnmowers.

Renewable fuel producers argue that that's not proven and point to places like Brazil, where such engines operate routinely on higher ethanol blends. But even they are concerned that by approving "E15"--as it's known only for certain cars--the EPA is confusing consumers and potentially scaring them away from a renewable fuel.


'The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear' Echoes Real-Life Republican Race

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Mitt Romney, whose new novel, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, tells the story of a neck-and-neck Republican primary campaign that ends up at a brokered convention.
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How History Influences Diets In D.C. And Around The World

Kojo and chef Pati Jinich look at how history -- and famous names like El Chico, Azteca and even Fritos -- shaped modern Mexican-American cooking in the Washington region and beyond.

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Implications Of The Supreme Court's Immigration Ruling

Many undocumented immigrants are living in fear after a Supreme Court ruling effectively barred deferred deportation for 4 million people. What the ruling means for families across the country and how immigration policy is playing out in 2016 election politics.


Robot Helps 160,00 Motorists Beat Parking Tickets

Joshua Browder was fed up with parking tickets so he made a robot to help people challenge fines. The robot chats with people in London and New York, asks them what happened and writes an appeal.

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