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Kentucky City Fights Migratory Bird Invasion With Air Cannons, Lasers

Audie Cornish talks with Geoff LaBaron, an ornithologist with National Audubon Society, about a strange blackbird invasion in the town of Hopkinsville, Ky.
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'Conscience' of Syrian Revolution Faces Challenge from Islamists

Every Friday, protesters in Kafr Nabl, a small town in northwest Syria, take to the streets with posters offering their witty and sarcastic take on the state of the uprising. The town is attracting young Syrians from all over the country who are calling for a secular, democratic state.
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Street Lights, Security Systems And Sewers? They're Hackable, Too

Internet networks control more and more of our environment every day. And many of these things can be hacked. That's because over the past decade, the Internet and the mobile phone network have been layered on top of all kinds of technologies that weren't built with security in mind.
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Best Defense Against Fire Ants May Be Allergy Shot Offense

Fire ant stings are a painful fact of life in the South. Sometimes the stings can cause fatal allergic reactions. Yet many people who know they're allergic aren't getting allergy shots that could protect them.
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The Papal Conclave And The Future Of The Catholic Church

More than 100 Cardinals from around the world started meeting Monday at the Vatican to begin the process of choosing a new pope. This comes after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The Cardinals are tasked with choosing the man who could reshape the future of the Catholic Church.
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State Of Emergency: Cities In Financial Crisis

With at least $14 billion in long-term liabilities and $327 million in debt, Detroit has declared a financial emergency. Several cities have tried this approach before, and the results have been mixed.
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Retirement Home Defends Nurse's Refusal To Administer CPR

The retirement home's executive director offers condolences to the family of an 87-year-old woman who died, but says the nurse on duty was just following policy.
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Obama Announces His Picks For EPA, Other Cabinet Posts

President Obama rounds out his Cabinet for his second term, nominating three new leaders Monday: Walmart Foundation's Sylvia Mathews Burwell for budget chief, MIT scientist Ernest Moniz to head the Energy Department and veteran regulator Gina McCarthy to run the EPA — a post that's likely be a lightning rod during Senate confirmations.
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Wealth Gap: Wide And Getting Wider

The wealth gap between white and black families is growing — and that's especially apparent in the housing market. Host Michel Martin talks to Washington Post correspondent Michael Fletcher about the financial disparities facing black families.

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