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Calif. Air Quality Affected By Lack Of Rain

California's drought is having a big impact on air quality. Winter storms usually clean out pollution, but without any rain the air is staying stagnant and could present a health risk.
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West Virginians Have Renewed Worries About Water Quality

A chemical spill into the Elk River left 300,000 West Virginia residents with contaminated water, tainted with a chemical used to wash coal. It's been discovered that a second chemical has been found in the water supply.
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Idaho District Reflects Battle Over GOP's Soul

Morning Edition is reporting from Idaho, where money is pouring in to support a Republican member of Congress, who faces a primary fight from a Tea Party candidate. The Tea Party is making an aggressive play to pick up seats in the House next fall. The race in Idaho offers a glimpse at some of the dynamics driving the GOP's internal conflict, and insight into how voters feel about the federal government.
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Amazon Does The Math, Anticipates Your Needs

Amazon has a patent for what it calls "anticipatory shipping" — shipping goods to a warehouse near you before you've bought them. Renee Montagne talks to Tim Stevens, editor-at-large for CNET, about Amazon developing a sales method to ultimately read your mind.
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Computer Users Encouraged To Come Up With Better Passwords

According to SplashData's annual survey of bad passwords, password has fallen to second place as the most common one. The most common password: 123456.
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Chicago Archdiocese Releases Internal Documents

Newly released internal church documents indicate that for decades, top leaders in Chicago's Catholic Archdiocese tried to hide allegations of sexual abuse by priests. The documents were released on Tuesday as part of a settlement agreement with victims of 30 abusive priests. Those survivors now accuse church leaders of orchestrating a cover-up.
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Punishing Winter Temperatures Drain Propane Supplies

The latest winter storm and freezing temperatures are straining already low supplies of propane in the Midwest and Northeast. Millions of Americans use the liquefied gas to heat their homes.
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Banks Challenged By Economy Despite Positive Earnings

It was a good quarter for most of the nation's big banks. Wells Fargo overtook JPMorgan to become "most profitable." And Bank of America showed its best results since 2007. A closer look, however, reveals some weaknesses that aren't apparent at first glance.
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As Snow Ends, Residents Dig Out In Freezing Temperatures

Commuters are struggling again this morning, following the winter storm that dropped a foot or more of snow on cities in the Northeast. New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio warned people to stay off the roads. Airline passengers are forced to deal with multiple canceled flights.
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Poll Findings: On Cuban-Americans And The Elusive 'American Dream'

Among Latinos, no group may have achieved the American dream as fully as Cuban-Americans. Since arriving here, as a community, they've prospered. But our recent poll suggests that for many Cuban-Americans, the dream is becoming elusive.

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