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AAA: Car Accidents Spike On The Fourth Of July

As you get ready for picnics, parades and fireworks, keep in mind that today is one of the worst days for teenage traffic fatalities. But the D.C. region seems to be bucking the trend.

There was a 43 percent decrease in teenage road deaths in Virginia in 2010 as compared to numbers from2009, traffic statistics show. In Maryland, there's been a 25 percent drop. In D.C., the numbers are even lower.

AAA's John Townsend explains why.

"Graduated drivers, licensing procedures and the number of laws it has enacted to safeguard teen drivers," Townsend says. "The other reason is that about 30 percent of the households in the District don't have cars."

According to AAA, more drivers are hit on the road on July Fourth than any other day of the year.


Kentucky Boy Solves Rubik's Cube In Record Time

A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik's Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik's Cube competition in 1981.
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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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