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BP Oil Spill Has Lingering Effects In Gulf Coast

In some hot spots in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are finding lesions in 50 to 60 percent of fish. Jim Cowan, professor of oceanography and coastal science at Louisiana State University, is one of those researchers. He tells Audie Cornish that there is great overlap between these hot spots and the region where oil was dispersed following the 2010 rupture of a BP oil well.
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Cheaper Fruits And Vegetables Alone Can't Save Food Deserts

Researchers found that while consumers are sensitive to price, and more likely to buy fruit when the price drops, many other factors prevent people from buying fruits and vegetables.
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Loophole Lets Toxic Oil Water Flow Over Indian Land

Every month, oil and gas operations dump millions of gallons of wastewater on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Under a long-standing EPA loophole, it's perfectly legal. Internal agency documents obtained by NPR show the water contains toxic chemicals, including known carcinogens and radioactive materials, that end up in natural rivers.
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Busted: What Happens When Shoplifters Get Caught?

Shoplifting costs the retail industry nearly $35 billion annually, according to the National Retail Security Survey. Shoplifters who are caught are often prosecuted, but some may also face civil recovery — where retailers demand additional payment to recoup some of their costs.
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BP Reaches Plea Agreement Over Gulf Oil Spill

British oil company BP agreed to pay $4 billion over five years to mostly government environmental agencies, and $525 million to settle claims with the Securities and Exchange Commission. BP will also plead guilty to 11 felony counts of misconduct or neglect related to the deaths of 11 people who died in the accident.
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Sign Language: It's Not Just About The Hands

After Superstorm Sandy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's sign language interpreter became a pop culture phenomenon. Lydia Callis' energy and facial expressions drew wide attention and even a spoof on "Saturday Night Live." Some members of the deaf community took offense to some reactions.
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BP Settlement Of Little Comfort To Some, A 'Down Payment' To Others

Some who live along the Gulf Coast say the $4.5 billion in criminal and civil penalties aren't enough. Local authorities will continue to press their cases.
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As Syrian Rebels Unite, Intervention Options Increase

Turkey, France and the Gulf Cooperation Council have recognized the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition as the legitimate leader of Syria. As thousands of refugees continue to spill over the borders into neighboring countries, questions remain about future foreign intervention from the U.S. and others.

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