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Holiday Shopping Ads Are Geared Toward Brain's Reward Center

Black Friday and the whole holiday season are designed to tap into a very ancient part of our brains. What happens to our brain when we shop during the holidays?
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Plan For Grand Jury Verdict Lacked Follow-Through, Critics Say

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called in more member of the National Guard on Tuesday, after some protests in Ferguson turned violent Monday. A plan for after the verdict had been in the works for months.
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For Native Alaskans, Holiday Menu Looks To The Wild

Thanksgiving menus traditionally celebrate the bounty of late fall. In rural Alaska, that means walrus, moose, fermented fish heads and Eskimo ice cream — salmonberries mixed with Crisco.
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Post Ferguson, Can Parents Prepare Teens For Violence?

The events in Ferguson, Missouri, made people think about what kinds of conversations parents are having with their children. To find out, NPR's Michel Martin sat down with two parents.
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Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Reverberates Across The Nation

The decision not to indict the officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown touched off protests. Residents of the St. Louis suburb blame trouble makers and edgy police for some confrontations.
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Critics Say More Oil Industry Royalties Should Go Into U.S. Coffers

Rules for oil and gas companies drilling on federal land allow them to use some of the gas free of charge. Critics say taxpayers should get royalties for that gas and any that is vented or flared.
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Viewpoint On Ferguson: People Have To Understand The Other Side

David Greene talks to Steve Sullivan, who runs Provident, a network of counseling and crisis centers in the St. Louis area, including Ferguson. His comments appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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Solar Energy's Popularity Increases As Rooftop Panels Get Less Expensive

Solar energy is now competitive with the cost of power generated by coal, oil and natural gas. David Greene talks to Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media, a trade journal covering alternative technology.
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Mississippi Schools Sue State For More Money

Mississippi has long ranked near the bottom of the states in educational performance. In a bid to change that, 21 school districts are suing the state for more than $200 million in education funding.
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Protests Of Grand Jury Decision Fan Out Across The Country

While several big cities saw large protests after the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson on Monday, Tuesday saw protests and blocked highways in at least 14 cities across the country.

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