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Volunteer Firefighters: Facing The Flames And The Mundane

A week after a massive explosion at the West Chemical and Fertilizer Company in West, Texas 14 bodies have been recovered from the area. A number of those killed were volunteer firefighters responding to the scene. Volunteer firefighters represent nearly 70 percent of the country's fire service.
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Bush Sees Approval Hike, But Trumanesque Recovery? Unlikely

A poll released days before the opening of George W. Bush's presidential library in Dallas is serving as fodder for some sequestered GOP nostalgia about his two terms in the White House.
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Boston Case Casts Shadow Over Senate Immigration Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee turned its attention back to the immigration overhaul proposal Monday, even as opponents began to use the Boston bombers' journey to the United States as a cautionary tale.
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Social Media's Rush To Judgment In The Boston Bombings

As Internet users injected themselves into the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings, false rumors began to spread about possible suspects in the attack. One of those falsely accused in social media was a 22-year-old Brown University student who has been missing. The general manager of Reddit has now apologized to the student's family.
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Deciphering Foreign Versus Domestic Terrorism

Steve Inskeep talks with Karen Greenberg, Director of Fordham University's Center on National Security, about defining terrorism, what it means to call an act domestic versus international terrorism and the political ramifications.
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Mississippi River Communities Brace For Flooding

In just a few months, Missouri has gone from a record drought that reduced farmers' crop yields to flooding that has hurt in other ways. Earlier this year, the worst drought conditions seen in the Midwest in decades threatened to close the Mississippi River to barge traffic.
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Whimsical Idea Expands To Chinese Food Mission

In the 70s, David Chan and his co-workers decided to try every Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood. Now, the 64 year old Los Angeles attorney has visited more than 6,000 Chinese eateries around the world. The Los Angeles Times says he once hit 300 restaurants in a single year.
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Shot Putter Donates Bone Marow To A Stranger

Cameron Lyle's track and field team at the University of New Hampshire encouraged players to join a bone marrow registry. Lyle found he was a match for a leukemia patient he'd never met so he's donating even though it means he must give up the rest of his senior season.

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