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Frederick County Nixes Cancer Cluster Claims

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The departments of health for Frederick County and the state of Maryland looked at cancer rates between 1992 and 2008 in an area 2 miles out from contaminated sites in Fort Detrick.

Fort Detrick is the base where the army carried out chemical and biological testing through the '70s, and hundreds of nearby residents attribute their cancers to that testing.

The health departments found no statistically significant difference in the rate of cancer for the area. Residents point out that anyone who moved out of the area before being diagnosed wouldn't have been counted, and there isn't any data from before 1992. Health officials say no data is perfect and they used the best they had.


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

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