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Amateurism's Dying Hour

Frank Deford says that, with recent legal developments, the stage is set for college athletes to get paid for their performances. Will March Madness ever be the same again?
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Young Americans Make Up The Most Unemployed Generation

As part of our youth unemployment series, Rory O'Sullivan, deputy director of Young Invincibles, talks to David Greene about career prospects for people graduating from high school.
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Proposed Oil Pipeline Would Cut Across Iowa

Business is booming in North Dakota's Bakken Shale oilfields. Companies are working on pipeline proposals. One calls for a pipeline to be built from Iowa's northwest corner to its southeast corner.
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Questions Linger Over Fatal Race Involving NASCAR's Stewart

The racing world is still in shock after a car driven by NASCAR's Tony Stewart struck and killed a 20-year-old driver during a dirt track race Saturday. David Greene talks to Nate Ryan of USA Today.
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Smartphone Apps Help To Battle Campus Sexual Assaults

Several new smartphone apps offer quick ways for college students facing dangerous or uncomfortable situations to reach out to friends, connect with resources on campus or call the police.
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LA Clippers Sold To Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. A California court confirmed Shelly Sterling's authority to sell the team for a record $2 billion.
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Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens

The debate about whether it's OK to engineer and study microbes that could prompt a human pandemic has reignited. Each side now has a website and its own list of Nobelists and superstar supporters.
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In Stockton, Calif., Punks Are The New Mall Rats

Abandoned storefronts in strip malls are common here in one of the largest cities to file for bankruptcy. But one abandoned storefront plays host to a thriving punk indie music scene.
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Sultry Film Star Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

Actress Lauren Bacall, who paired with spouse Humphrey Bogart in films including The Big Sleep and Key Largo, has died at 89, according to the Bogart estate. NPR has not confirmed the report.
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130 U.S. Personnel Sent To Iraq, Defense Secretary Hagel Says

The troops, who have arrived in northern Iraq, are in addition to advisers already in the country. This "is not a combat boots on the ground kind of operation," Chuck Hagel said.

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