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Next In Line For A Fracking Boom, California Looks At The Rules

The state is known for its tough environmental rules, but it has largely ignored hydraulic fracturing until now. Though California's concerns are like those of many other places, there's also the question of how the growing fracking industry might affect earthquakes.
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Cory Booker Eyes (Chris Christie-Free) Path To His Political Future

The mayor of Newark, N.J., ended whatever suspense existed by saying he will "explore" a run for the U.S. Senate, not governor. He thereby averts a clash with the very popular Gov. Chris Christie.
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Gun Control: 'Only Modest Change' In Opinion Since Newtown Shootings

The latest Pew poll shows a slight upward shift in the percentage of Americans who say it's more important to control gun ownership than it is to protect the right to own guns. But deeply felt feelings appear to be limiting the change.
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Assault-Style Weapons In The Civilian Market

Senior analyst for the Violence Policy Center Tom Diaz says one of the weapons found at the site of the Newtown, Conn., shooting was a variant of a type of gun developed for troops in Vietnam.
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Preparing For The World Of 2030

A report by the National Intelligence Council projects that in 2030 the U.S. influence in global affairs will decrease, China will continue to rise as a global power, and a global middle class will grow significantly.
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The Secrets Of Making Time Fly While You Wait

What do you do to keep calm and content while waiting out delays? One bus stop in Milan, Italy provides sheets of bubble wrap for travelers to pop. NPR science correspondent and blogger Robert Krulwich shares several clever ways to fill time.

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