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Film Cameras Help Young People Act On Nostalgia For A Time They Never Knew

Some young people are trying their hand at photography with old-fashioned film cameras. Urban Outfitters sells several kinds of mechanical cameras. Some like the surprise of not knowing until some time after the pictures are snapped to discover what's on the roll. Audie Cornish asks listeners to send in stories about the sounds older technologies made that they now miss.

Sleep Less, Eat More, Gain Weight

Less sleep equals more eating, according to a rigorous new study. People who slept just five hours a night burned more energy but also ate more — so much more that they gained almost 2 pounds in less than a week.

Obama Team Stops Saying 'Global War On Terror' But Doesn't Stop Waging It

When President Obama took office, he changed the rhetoric from the Bush years. But he never abandoned the idea of global war — a concept with profound legal implications.

Owens Valley Salty As Los Angeles Water Battle Flows Into Court

Almost 100 years ago, a water-supply diversion from Owens River helped quench Los Angeles' thirst some 200 miles away. L.A. thrived, but it drained the Owens Lake and created a salt flat that now pollutes the air. A century later, the finger-pointing continues, and this week, the city's water department is back in court over its cleanup plan.

Judge Overturns New York City Ban On Big Sugary Sodas

A state Supreme Court justice said the regulations overstepped the authority granted to the New York City Board of Health. And the judge noted that the regulations wouldn't have applied equally across food retailers.

Four-Legged Warriors Show Signs Of PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder has been a problem for many military members returning from combat zones. Now the military is looking more closely at whether its canine members suffer from PTSD in the same ways.

In Trendy World Of Fast Fashion, Styles Aren't Made To Last

Chains like H&M and Forever 21 turn out new styles so quickly that they've been dubbed "fast fashion" retailers. While the stores reap big profits, many say the business model has hidden costs, like encouraging poor labor practices and churning out cheaply made products that quickly end up in landfills.

Harvard Offers 'Partial Apology' For Email Search Of Resident Deans' Accounts

Looking to find the source of a leaked email about a cheating scandal, administrators examined 16 employees' work-related emails. Only one of those individuals was told about the search. Many faculty members are angry. Administrators are apologizing for "insufficient" communication.