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Managing The Nation's Electricity Needs

With scorching temperatures across the country, millions of American home and business owners are running their air conditioners full bore. Utilities have strained to meet the surge in demand for electricity. Outages have occurred here and there, particularly in the densely populated Northeast. But for the most part, demand has been met. Some utility executives credit a government-encouraged program called demand-response. It rewards customers for reducing power usage at peak times. We discuss the merits and pitfalls of the program and other efforts to manage the nation's power grid.

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Aretha Franklin Blocks Premiere Of Concert Film 'Amazing Grace'

A documentary about Franklin's famous 1972 live album Amazing Grace has suffered years of delays due to technical and legal challenges.
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Open Your Eyes To The Infinite Possibility Of The Tomato

How do you transform 100 pounds of 60 varieties of tomatoes into a seven-course meal? It may sound like a math problem, but it's more a creative journey into the infinite possibility of the tomato.
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British Prime Minister Announces U.K. Will Take In More Migrants

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Guardian political editor Patrick Wintour about British Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement to allow more Syrian refugees into the UK.
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Drone Crash At U.S. Open; New York City Teacher Arrested

The black, shoebox-sized drone flew over the court at Louis Armstrong Stadium during a second-round match and then crashed into empty seats and broke apart.

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