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Ecologists Turn To Planned Grazing To Revive Grassland Soil

The world's soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn't happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.
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Calif. Gov. Brown Intervenes, BART Strike Averted For Now

Commuters can rest a little easier — another threatened strike at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system has been avoided, at least temporarily. California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a board of investigators to look into the contract dispute that had threatened to shut down the system.
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Missed Summer Learning Spells Out Long-Term Struggles

While children attending academically enriching summer camps can improve their education over the summer, kids without the same opportunities might stagnate. Little slips can compound over time, research shows, widening the achievement gap later in life.
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Museum Tries To Save The Plant Where Rosie Riveted

The Yankee Air Museum must raise $3.5 million to buy a portion of the former Willow Run bomber plant in Michigan, where Rosie the Riveter worked during World War II. Otherwise, the factory is due for demolition.
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Snowden Case Illustrates Decline In U.S.-Russia Relations

Russia has become a relations nightmare for the United States, and its offer of temporary asylum to the NSA leaker and fugitive is only the tip of the iceberg.
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FBI Official: Internet A Key Recruiting Tool For Sex Traffickers

Ron Hosko tells NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday that cutbacks at the federal and local levels have made it more difficult to clamp down on the problem.
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One Dead After Driver Plows Through Crowed L.A. Boardwalk

The man in the vehicle, who is believed to have turned himself in, initially parked and left his vehicle, but got back in minutes later and ran the car through the crowd.
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State Department Extends Closure Of Embassies

More than 20 diplomatic posts, including consulates, have been temporarily shut down throughout the Middle East and the Arabian peninsula and the State Department has issued a global travel warning for Americans.
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Pro-Bowl Struggles To Gain Popularity

The NFL's version of the all-star game has trouble finding an audience. Will a handful of rules changes turn things around? NPR's Mike Pesca talks with host Rachel Martin about the game.
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Sex-Trafficking Sting Covers 76 Cities

One hundred children were rescued in the recent three-day sting. Host Rachel Martin talks with Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's criminal investigations division, about child sex trafficking the U.S.

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