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Washington-Baltimore Area Ranks Among Top Bad-Air Regions

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The Natural Resources Defense Council says the region is among 15 places nationwide with the largest number of bad-air days.

The full rankings will be released next week, but the group says D.C. is not alone: New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Denver also figure among the nation's worst when it comes to air.

The group says that on average in these 15 areas, many households spend one out of every four days breathing bad air due to ground-level ozone.

In Washington in August, the air was unhealthy for sensitive groups one-third of the time.

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Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
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The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

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Join Us At Noon Today For An #AirbnbWhileBlack Twitter Chat

Today, Code Switch's Gene Demby and Hidden Brain's Shankar Vedantam will be leading a Twitter chat to discuss what it's like to be a person of color participating in the sharing economy.

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