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California Drought Hit Farmers, Farm Workers Especially Hard In 2014

Cannon Michael, a sixth-generation farmer in Los Banos, Calif., tells NPR's Arun Rath how he lost almost 20 percent of his typical revenue and was forced to lay off several workers.
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In West Virginia, Fear About Safety Of Drinking Water Persists

A chemical spill earlier this year tainted the drinking water for residents throughout the Charleston region. NPR's Arun Rath talks to resident Nakeysha Bennett, whose son was born just two weeks after the spill.
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In Southwestern Pennsylvania, Some Heroin Problems Persist

In January 2014, more than 22 people in the region died from drug overdoses linked to especially potent heroin. NPR's Arun Rath gets an update from Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director of Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh.
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Finding A Jury Of Your Peers Actually Is Pretty Complicated

Prospective jurors can be dismissed for lateness, the financial burden of taking off work, or any number of other reasons. Add race as a consideration and jury selection can take weeks to complete.
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Police, Politicians, Gather In New York For Ramos Funeral

Officer Rafael Ramos is being remembered at a service at Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens a week after he and his partner were fatally shot in an unprovoked attack.
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For Cubans In Key West, A Longing To Fill In 'Gaps Of Who We Are'

Some Cuban-American families are rejoicing at the possibility of visiting their homeland, but not everyone has embraced President Obama's new policy toward the island nation.
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Top Somali Extremist Leader Reportedly Surrenders

Reports vary as to whether al-Shabab's Zakariye Ismail Ahmed Hersi turned himself in or was captured in a raid. The U.S. had placed a $3 million bounty on the leading Islamist extremist.
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Pyongyang Blames U.S. Amid Reports Of New Internet Outages

Pyongyang has accused President Obama of "reckless words and deeds" and said the U.S. is "playing hide and seek as children with runny noses would."
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High Electric Bills Gobble Up Savings From Cheap Oil In New England

Falling oil prices are perhaps nowhere more welcome than in northern New England, where most homes burn heating oil in their furnaces and high electricity prices are going up.
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Preserving American Roots Music Begins With Keeping The Lights On

For 20 years, the Music Maker Relief Foundation has been helping indigent blues, gospel and country musicians get by as well as reach a wider audience.

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