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Koop Turned Surgeon General's Office Into Mighty Education Platform

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died Monday. He was 96. As Surgeon General, Koop turned an office with little power into a mighty platform to educate Americans about AIDS prevention and the dangers of smoking.
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Most People Can Skip Calcium Supplements, Prevention Panel Says

There's no evidence that calcium supplements help prevent bone fractures in most people, a preventive services task force says. And calcium supplements boost the risk of kidney stones, and perhaps heart disease.
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Civil Trial Against BP Seeks To Place Blame For Gulf Oil Spill

The long-awaited BP trial opened Monday in New Orleans. The oil giant is in court to determine how much it should pay because of the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Audie Cornish talks to Jeff Brady.
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NASCAR Under Fire After Crash Injures Dozens Of Fans

The big NASCAR news this weekend wasn't Jimmie Johnson's victory in the Daytona 500 or Danica Patrick's 8th place finish, the highest ever for a woman. A huge crash at the end of Saturday's Nationwide 400 in Daytona injured more than 30 fans and put a pall on NASCAR's biggest event. Audie Cornish talks to Ryan McGee, senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
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Weapons Made With 3-D Printers Could Complicate Gun Control Laws

As digital technology continues to transform the way objects are manufactured, it's becoming more possible to produce an entire firearm at home. Amateur gunsmiths are now sharing the digital blueprints for making key parts of a gun online on a 3-D printer and one member of Congress has expressed concern about the implications of 3-D printed guns at airports and other public spaces.
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Wisconsin Governor Tries To Rejuvenate State's Mining Industry Amid Protest

Plagued by a stagnant economy, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is pushing a rewrite of his state's mining laws to clear the way for a massive open pit iron mine. Backers hope the project could rejuvenate an industry that helped build Wisconsin, although it's been mostly dormant for more than 50 years. But the proposal's sweeping changes to environmental protections have met fierce opposition in a state that also prides itself on its history of protecting the earth.

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