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Finding A Salad Bar In Your Backyard

No room for a crispy salad in your picnic basket? No worries. In many parts of the country you can gather the fixings from the greenery growing near the picnic blanket.
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School Hopes Talking It Out Keeps Kids From Dropping Out

The "conflict resolution room" at Ypsilanti High School in Michigan is where students go when they're on the verge of being suspended. It's an alternative approach to discipline that could keep kids in school and out of trouble.
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Did IRS Targeting Harm Tea Party Groups?

Congress continues its hearings into the IRS flagging of Tea Party groups that applied for tax-exempt status. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Shirish Date.
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Tawny Crazy Ants Invade Southern States

Tawny crazy ants are invading ecosystems and homes in states including Texas and Florida, wiping out other ant species and overwhelming homeowners. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks to Texas A&M research scientist Robert Puckett, who says the ants are "ecological steamrollers" that reproduce so fast they are nearly impossible to get rid of.
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Keeping Track Of The 'Security-Industrial Complex'

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with Washington Post investigative reporter Robert O'Harrow about the merging of public and private surveillance and the growth of the "security-industrial complex" in the U.S.
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The Pioneer Of Parking Dies At 91

Herb Citrin, the man known as "Mr. Valet," died this past week at the age of 91. Citrin pioneered valet parking in Los Angeles more than 60 years ago.
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How To Keep Your Smartphone Secure

In light of all the snooping by the government on individuals, it seems that it's not that difficult for anyone with the know-how to find out what you're doing. Bill Supernor, CTO of security company Koolspan, speaks to Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon about how to keep your smartphone safe.
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Presents From The President: What Obama Gives His Friends

President Obama has gotten mixed reviews in his gift-giving to foreign leaders. But those gifts are chosen by a staffer. When it comes to personal gifts to members of his inner circle, the president sets a very high bar.
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Political Fight Jeopardizes Medicaid In Mississippi

Medicaid in Mississippi provides insurance to 1 in 5 residents. But funding could stop July 1 if politicians don't act. The Legislature has brought the program to the brink over a debate about expanding it under the Affordable Care Act.
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U.S. Charges NSA Leaker Snowden With Espionage

The U.S. Justice Department has prepared the documents to formally charge Edward Snowden with espionage. Snowden is the former contractor who has publicized details about U.S. surveillance programs

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