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A Slamming Good Time On The Jersey Shore

At the Keansburg Amusement Park in Keansburg, N.J., the "Bumper Car Psychos" have been crashing their way to fame since 1996. Every Friday night, Tom Mgerack and Keith Van Brunt cruise the track in their favorite cars, grinning from ear to ear as they slam their targets into the wall.
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A Year After War Wound, Vet Wins Paralympic Gold

Navy Lt. Brad Snyder lost his sight to an explosion in Afghanistan exactly one year ago. On the anniversary Friday, he won the 400-meter freestyle at the Paralympics in London, capturing his second gold medal.
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Deflating Jobs Report May Not Move The Needle On The Election

Republicans cast the Labor Department report showing another month of sluggish economic growth as evidence that President Obama's policies have failed. Democrats said the recovery will take more time and that the partisan impasse in Congress has hampered progress. But analysts say the latest numbers likely won't change voters' minds.
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Oregon Power Project Needs The Motion Of The Ocean

A generator that makes electricity from wave power is being prepared for installation some two and a half miles off the Oregon coast. Jason Busch, executive director of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust, discusses the project and why some Oregon residents are looking to the sea as a source of renewable energy.
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Suspect Charged In 'Air Hoax,' And Victim Arrested On Unrelated Charges

You can't make this stuff up. After being falsely accused of bringing an explosive on board a plane, a man is arrested on an outstanding warrant. On his birthday. But the guy who allegedly made the false report may be in more trouble.
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The 7 Coolest Presidents In American History

Whether it's their ability to charm, defy convention and appear hip or an unflappable and seemingly detached manner, these seven men personify the meaning of c-o-o-l.
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What August Job Numbers Mean

The Labor Department reported that the economy added 96,000 jobs in August, far fewer than analysts had predicted. The unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent, an indication that more people moved out of the workforce. Host Michel Martin discusses the latest unemployment numbers with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.
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Top Speechwriters Grade Conventions

President Obama's acceptance of the Democratic nomination capped two weeks of speeches at the political conventions. Host Michel Martin discusses hits and misses with Mary Kate Cary, former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush; and Paul Orzulak, former speechwriter for President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.
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Paralympians 'Dream, Drive, Do' In London

The Paralympic Games will wrap up in London this weekend. Athletes with a range of disabilities from over 160 countries have participated in the biggest competition since the Paralympics began in 1960. Host Michel Martin speaks with Team USA Paralympic athlete and wheelchair sprinter Anjali Forber-Pratt.

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