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Thieves Steal Gorilla Wearing Sunglasses, Shorts

Oregon residents are being asked to contact police if they see a 30-foot tall gorilla — wearing sunglasses and polka dot shorts. He's carrying a hot tub, and may or may not be inflated. The giant gorilla stood for four years on top of the Spas of Oregon store in Gladstone.
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Skies Less-Than Friendly When Packing A Cello

Paul Katz bought two tickets — one for himself and one for his cello — on a flight from Calgary to Los Angeles. But the captain told him his cello had to fly as checked baggage. After an agonizing flight, Katz cried when the captain returned his cello, unharmed. Originally broadcast August 27, 2012.
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Predicting The Future: Fantasy Or A Good Algorithm?

The intelligence community has always been in the business of forecasting the future. The question is whether tapping into publicly available data — Twitter and news feeds and blogs — can help them do that faster and more precisely. Now, a cutting-edge tech company is trying to use data to predict seminal events before they happen.
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For Families Of Medicare Recipients, Insurance Choices Are Tricky

When a relative signs up for Medicare, it is often perplexing — and unnerving — for the rest of the family who may have grown used to cushy employer-sponsored coverage.
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Baseball's Wild-Card Winners Advance In Playoffs

Major League Baseball finished its first weekend of divisional play. A couple of teams have already been eliminated thanks to baseball's new single-elimination, wild-card round.
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Presidential Politics: Does Likeability Matter?

When evaluating our presidential candidates, it's a common cliché that the most likable candidate always wins. A "likeability" metric might not matter as much as you think. Voters, says one political scientist, actually decide on the basis of who they think is going to do the best job.
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As Fiscal Cliff Nears, Simpson Bowles Reemerges

"Simpson Bowles," the name of the much-touted plan to rein in the national debt, rang out repeatedly during Wednesday's presidential debate. Host Rachel Martin speaks with former Sen. Alan Simpson and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, to see what they make of the candidates' plans for spending cuts and tax reforms.
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Pinball Wizards At Home In Colo. Mountain Town

Pinball machines are alive and well in a small mountain town in Colorado, giving a new generation a taste of the past. NPR's Ahmad Shafi has the story.

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