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Pirates' McCutchen: Baseball Is Dying In Economically Challenged Communities

David Greene talks to Andrew McCutchen, centerfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, about the future of baseball in America's inner cities.
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To Alleviate Confusion, LA Officials Give Color-Coded Parking Signs A Try

If you find a parking spot in Los Angeles, the signs near it will be confusing. The city has rolled out new parking signs that are supposed to be easier to understand.
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In Long Beach, Calif., Smart Meters Spot Wasteful Water Users

The city has reduced its water consumption 6 percent since the drought started. The new meters can detect illegal watering in real time, and they've helped to cut some homeowners' use by 80 percent.
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Ferguson Activists Hope That Momentum Sparks A National Movement

Leaders of what some call a new civil rights struggle say the protests must lead to long-term strategies. The goal is to sustain a national movement and to get past challenging obstacles.
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Women Having A Heart Attack Don't Get Treatment Fast Enough

Women under 55 are twice as likely to die after being hospitalized for a heart attack than men. Women delay treatment because they may not recognize the symptoms and they're reluctant to make a fuss.
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Maybe You Should Skip That Annual Physical

Americans spend billions of dollars every year on annual physicals. But there's little evidence that a yearly checkup helps healthy adults. Some doctors are telling patients to skip it.
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When Did Humans Start Shaping Earth's Fate? An Epoch Debate

Some scientists suggest calling the era we live in the Anthropocene, to denote the time when humans came to dominate Earth's fate. But did it start with farming, the atom bomb or another event?
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Is Cash-Free Really The Way To Be? Maybe Not For Millennials

Financial advisers advocate using cash whenever possible. New technologies make it easier to do just the opposite. Still, a recent study shows more millennials are turning away from plastic.
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Utah Brings Back Firing Squad Executions; Witnesses Recall The Last One

A new law in Utah allows firing squad as a backup method of execution if lethal injection drugs aren't available. The last time an inmate died by firing squad in the U.S. was in Utah in 2010.
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Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

During its last major drought, Santa Barbara built a desalination plant. It was never used. Now it's being reopened, but critics say desalination is costly, energy-intensive and may harm marine life.

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