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Training Could Avert Another Fertilizer Plant Disaster

A year ago, a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas, killed 15 people and wounded 160. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reflects on how to avoid a future catastrophe.
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'House Of Cards' Threatens To Ditch Baltimore For Chicago

Tax credits have long been used to attract film and TV productions. But with the loss of revenue, critics of the practice say those investments are not worth it.
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In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top

Immigrant workers in the Silicon Valley attend Toastmasters meetings to improve their public speaking. Organizers say those skills often lead to increased confidence at work and even job promotions.
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Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary

Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades

From increased depression and suicidal thoughts to social isolation and lower socioeconomic status, the negative consequences of being bullied can last well into middle age a large study suggests.
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Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.
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Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction

Fears of a bubble continue as tech titans reported their quarterly earnings; the culture of digital distraction finds more critics; and fallout from the Heartbleed bug raises questions for government.
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Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card?

Top Democrats have said recently that some GOP opposition to President Obama and his agenda is based on race. It's an explosive message that might drive Democratic voters to the polls.
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In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand

Clam digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. And inveterate Washington state clam diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of 15 clams.
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Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims

Rescuers say they've recovered 39 bodies from the massive March 22 mudslide and are still searching for four others.

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