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Drought's Still Deep In Nation's Midsection

More than three-quarters of the land in the lower 48 states is suffering through conditions ranging from "abnormally dry" to "exceptional drought."
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Ivan Dies At 50: A Gorilla Life, Remembered

Ivan spent decades confined within a small department store display, until activists won the gorilla's transfer to a zoo. Anthropologist and ape observer Barbara J. King remembers Ivan and considers the intense impact — positive and negative — that human actions have on individual animals' lives.
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Cop Car Death Ruled Suicide, But Doubts Remain

Questions are swirling around the death of a 21-year-old Arkansas man who died in police custody in July. An autopsy report lists Chavis Carter's death as a suicide. But his family is asking how he could have shot himself in the head while handcuffed in a police car. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks with Associated Press reporter Jeannie Nuss.
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Is Tampa Ready For 2 Oncoming Storms?

The Republican National Convention is being held in Tampa, Florida, and it's expected to bring the city tens of millions of dollars. But many are wondering if Tampa is ready for two oncoming storms — the whirlwind of people descending on the city, and brewing tropical storm Isaac. Guest host Viviana Hurtado talks with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
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Saving Landmarks In Eldon, Iowa

Unpaid guides provide hayforks at the American Gothic House Center so tourists can pose in front of the house that inspired Grant Wood's recognizable painting.
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Former Penn State President Launches 'Full-Throttle Defense'

Graham Spanier lost his job in the wake of the scandal over former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier says he never knew Sandusky was molesting young boys.
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No Parole For Mark David Chapman, John Lennon's Killer

The man who murdered the Beatle in 1980 has now been denied parole seven times. He's serving a sentence of 20 years to life.
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Kids Ditching Full-Sugar Soda For Diet Drinks, Just Like Mom And Dad

Since kids are drinking the same diet sodas their parents do, what does it mean for their health? If a diet soda is just an excuse to get a Big Mac, then it's probably not a healthy habit. Two health experts weigh in.

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