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Barge Traffic Increases Along Erie Canal

New York's Erie Canal is reviving its history to again be an economic corridor for commercial shipping through upstate New York — after decades of being mostly used by recreational boats. Shipping from Canada it expected to lead to a level of commercial traffic not seen in decades.
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Depression May Increase The Risk Of Dementia Later On

Alzheimer's disease and depression have a lot in common, and people with depression face a greater risk of dementia as they age. Researchers aren't sure why and are seeking clues. They are trying to find out if treating depression will then help prevent or delay dementia.
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Smithsonian Expands Skateboard Collection

The National Museum of American History expanded its collections this weekend with a large donation of skateboards. But not just any skateboards — boards from some history's most famous skaters.

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West Virginia's Birthday Recalls A State Born Of Civil War

As West Virginia celebrates its 150th birthday this week, the state's chief historian tells the story of how western Virginians created a secession within a secession.
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Gehry Refines Design For Eisenhower Memorial In D.C.

Plans for the President Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial are moving forward after months of delays.

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Mastering A Sea Monster: From Greece, A Lesson In Grilling Octopus

The Greeks have been eating octopus since ancient times, but there's an art to grilling these tentacled sea creatures. An octopus has to be dried in the sun for at least a day first. Otherwise, the flesh just steams and turns into "a rubbery mass."
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Who Will Care For 'Baby Veronica?'

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on who will care for so-called 'Baby Veronica.' The baby's Cherokee father renounced his parental rights via text message, but when he later learned that she was put up for adoption, he protested. Guest host Celeste Headlee what the case means for Native American adoptions.
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Breaking Golf's Color Barrier In Birmingham

In Birmingham, Ala., golf courses were one of the many municipal parks that officials shut down, rather than integrate. In June 1963, the city opened some of its golf courses to everybody — including blacks.
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The Desegregation Of Birmingham's Golf Courses

This week Audie Cornish takes us deeper into the news that shaped the city of Birmingham, Alabama in the summer of 1963. Today, she visits the Boswell-Highlands golf course and talks to black golfers about the journey to desegregate the city's public greens.
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Door To Door: Camp Springs, Md. And Seminary Ridge, Va.

This week, we'll visit Camp Springs, Md. and Seminary Ridge in Alexandria, Va.

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