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San Francisco Under Emergency As Fire Threatens Power, Water

The Rim Fire, which has crossed into Yosemite National Park, is already affecting the power supply to the Bay Area, 150 miles to the west.
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1972 Dolphins Finally Get To Meet The President

Host Scott Simon talks with coach Don Shula, who led the 1972 Miami Dolphins to an undefeated season. Shula and 31 members of that team visited the White House Tuesday.
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Trading Domain Names For A Day With The Candidates

Michael Deutsch loves politics so much so that he systematically purchases Internet domain names that political campaigns might want. But it's not a get-rich-quick scheme. When the campaigns come knocking, asking to take over the domains, he bargains for face time with the candidates.
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Some Judges Prefer Public Shaming To Prison

U.S. prisons are costly and overcrowded. Are punishments like shoveling manure, being made to sleep in a dog kennel or standing on a busy street corner wearing a sign advertising your crime reasonable alternatives? Professor Jonathan Turley from Georgetown University and professor Peter Moskos from The City University of New York join NPR's Scott Simon to discuss the pros and cons of public shaming.
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On A Rocky Maine Island, Puffins Making A Tenuous Comeback

The windswept island about 6 miles off the coast was a haven for a hugely diverse bird population until fishermen decimated the birds' ranks. Puffins have been successfully reintroduced to Eastern Egg Rock, but warming ocean waters may be threatening their ability to survive. (This piece initially aired August 21, 2013 on All Things Considered.)
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Afghan Massacre Survivors Disappointed In Bales Sentence

A jury sentenced Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales on Friday to life in prison without parole. That brings to a close his court martial for the killing of 16 Afghan civilians in a nighttime massacre. Relatives and witnesses of that rampage who were on hand for the sentencing believe the sentence is not nearly harsh enough.
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Marchers Flock To The Washington Mall

A march and rally kicks off at the Lincoln Memorial this morning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Organizers say the event is also meant to continue their fight for economic parity, voting rights and equality.
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Cutting Public Defenders Can Cost Federal Government More

With the sequester, the Public Defender's Office in Tucson, Ariz., has lost a quarter of its staff. But everyone is entitled to legal representation, so judges are appointing expensive private attorneys in the public defenders' place.
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Wine Has Sommeliers. Now, Beer Has Cicerones

A new program is working to bring the same level of knowledge that sommeliers have about wine to the world of malt and hops, by turning out batches of certified beer experts known as cicerones.
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Obama Campaigns For College Affordability Plan

The president returned from vacation to take to the road, touring college towns in New York and Pennsylvania to talk about higher education. He's proposing a system that would rank colleges' affordability, which could then be tied to federal aid — but in Washington, a budget battle is waiting.

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