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As Oklahoma Drought Continues, Farmers Prepare For Losses

As Oklahoma enters its fourth year of sustained drought, some farmers expect the harvest to be so bad they'll end up calling their insurance agents and declaring this year a total loss. StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz reports that some are calling this the worst drought since the '50s — or even since the Dust Bowl.
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Veterans' 'Philoctetes' Puts Modern Spin On Ancient Greek Play

An ancient Greek play about the wounds of war is getting a new angle in A Female Philoctetes — a production made up of mostly Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
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Criminal Records Keep Creating Obstacles Long After Incarceration

A new report from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is shedding light on some unexpected consequences of being convicted of a crime — everything from troubles with employment to bans in public housing. The group says it's time to start thinking about forgiveness.
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Old Senate Tradition Lies Behind Controversial Judge's Nomination

President Obama nominated a controversial Georgia judge — one who once supported the display of the Confederate flag — for the federal bench. The White House says there's a particular reason for that.
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States Say Cutting Down On Carbon Was Easier Than Expected

Next week President Obama will unveil his plan for the first nationwide program to control greenhouse gas emissions from the electrical power sector. States that have already started to control such emissions say it's not as hard as they thought it would be. They've ended up exceeding their goals, largely because of abundant natural gas, which burns more cleanly than coal.
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Texas Takes A Hard Right Turn

In most states this year, the Republican establishment has managed to hold off Tea Party challengers. In Texas, the opposite was true.
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The Economy Takes A Dip, But Analysts Look For It To Snap Back

The latest U.S. report showed growth shrank in early 2014, but talk of a recession is unwarranted, economists say. They blame a harsh winter and say strong consumer spending signals a rebound.
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Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles For Various Defects

The recalls include 1.1 million SUVs with power steering defects, 200,000 Taurus sedans with a corrosion issue and 82,500 vehicles with floor mats that might interfere with the accelerator.
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Teenage Sisters Allegedly Gang-Raped, Murdered In India

The bodies of the girls were found hanging from a mango tree. Authorities have arrested seven men, including two police constables, in connection with the assault.
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Measles Hits Amish Communities, And U.S. Cases Reach 20-Year High

Because more people are refusing vaccines, measles can spread when people bring it to the U.S. from abroad. That's what's behind the high number of cases this year, with 288 so far.

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