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D.C. Restores Reserves After Government Shutdown

The city spent more than $148 million out of its contingency cash reserves during the 16-day shutdown to keep the city running. That left a little more than $1.5 million in the fund.

The district's Office of the Chief Financial Officer says that $148 million has been put back into the fund, restoring its starting balance of just under $150 million.

The city was prepared to tap additional reserves once the contingency fund ran out, but that didn't prove necessary.

The city also lost tax revenue during the shutdown, and it won't be reimbursed for picking up trash on National Park Service property.

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Bill Cosby Admitted To Acquiring Drugs To Give To A Woman For Sex

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews MaryClaire Dale, an Associated Press reporter, about the court documents showing Cosby said in 2005 he got quaaludes to give to a woman with whom he wanted to have sex.
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Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
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New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

Kojo chats with Freeman Hrabowski, the president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, about the future of higher education - and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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