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States Struggle To Manage Meningitis Scare

Nearly two-dozen states are watching for new cases of a rare kind of meningitis, caused by fungal contamination in injections for back pain. The outbreak apparently started when a Massachusetts compounding company sent out 17,000 doses of infected injections for back pain. Daniel Potter of member station WPLN reports five people have died and dozens of others are sick.
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Wild-Card Wins And Anxiety-Prone Players

Friday, the MLB debuted its new playoff format: Two wild-card teams from each league played in a high-stakes, single-shot game to advance to the full playoffs. The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Texas Rangers, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves. NPR's Tom Goldman speaks with host Scott Simon about those games and the Rockets' Royce White, who plays in the NBA with a generalized anxiety disorder.
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U.S. Drones Navigate Murky Legal Path In Pakistan

One of the big legal questions surrounding the controversial drone program is whether the U.S. can conduct deadly strikes in a sovereign country with which it is not at war. Also unclear: whether Pakistan actually has agreed to the drone program despite its public opposition.
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Border Patrol Agent's Death May Have Been Accidental

The FBI says there are strong preliminary indications that the killing of a Border Patrol agent earlier this week was accidental. Melissa Block talks with NPR's Ted Robbins about the ongoing investigation of the shooting along the Arizona-Mexico border.
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Big Bird Makes A Campaign Appearance

The Sesame Street character is getting lots of newfound attention since Mitt Romney brought up federal funding for PBS in Wednesday's debate.
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Meningitis Outbreak Update: List Of Hospitals Released

The government has named 75 medical facilities that received a potentially contaminated drug suspected of infecting 47 patients with meningitis nationwide.
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Border Patrol Agent Was Probably Killed By Friendly Fire, FBI Says

Law enforcement officials said there's a possibility the agents fired at each other thinking others were firing on them.
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U.S. Speedskater Tampered With Rival's Skate

U.S. Speedskating is expected to reveal the results of an investigation into allegations of abuse and sabotage involving coaches on the Olympic short track team. The group may also reveal proposed punishments for the accused coaches and world and national champion Simon Cho, who has admitted to tampering with another skater's blade at an international meet last year. Cho says he was badgered by a coach to sabotage the skate. Melissa Block talks to Howard Berkes.
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Apprenticeship, Social Support Keys In Job Training

What works, and what doesn't in terms of job training? Many programs lack funding, but there are some formulas that can work.

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