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Murder And Mystery In An Idyllic Cape Cod Town

Provincetown, at the far tip of Cape Cod, would seem a perfect place to spend a summer day. In the books of author Jon Loomis, Provincetown is also the setting for mystery and murder. In our Crime in the City series, NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes us to "P-town," where she met Loomis a few years back.
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Keeping The Biggest Secret In The U.S. Economy

Each month, producing the closely watched jobs numbers transforms a quiet federal statistics office into a high-security operation.
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Back From Abroad, Romney Hits The Road In Colo.

Mitt Romney campaigned Thursday in Colorado, the first domestic appearances since returning from his trip to Europe and the Middle East. He huddled with Republican governors who heaped praise on him in Aspen, where he also held a fundraiser. And, NPR's Brian Naylor reports, he addressed a rally in a Denver suburb.
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In N.Y.C., Private Sector To Invest In Social Issues

New York City officials are experimenting with a new way to fund social programs normally paid for with tax dollars. New York City officials say the prison intervention program could keep many of the nearly four thousand adolescent males that enter the jail system each year from returning. WNYC's Colby Hamilton reports Goldman Sachs is set to make a nearly $10 million investment in a social impact bond.
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States Ask Detroit: 'Build Us A Natural Gas Car, Please'

A bipartisan group of governors is pushing U.S. automakers to build a sedan that runs on compressed natural gas. The states say they will buy them in large quantities as they replace their current fleets. The governors say the cars would cost less to run, cut pollution and create jobs. And it would boost demand for natural gas, which has seen a plummet in price.
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Crazy Smart: When A Rocker Designs A Mars Lander

Adam Steltzner's father told him he wouldn't amount to much. He spent his youth barely passing school and "studying sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll," he says. Then he found a purpose in the stars — and led the team that dreamed a daring new scheme to get NASA's latest rover on Mars.
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If Gabby's Got The Gold, Why Flip Over Her Hair?

Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast from Virginia Beach, Va., won another gold medal Thursday. But why are some black women obsessed with her hair? Writer Monique Fields urges critics to focus instead on Douglas' strength and poise.
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A Year From Debt Ceiling Debacle, What's Changed?

A year has passed since the debt ceiling debacle in Washington, D.C. The showdown cost the U.S. its AAA credit rating and sent the stock market and President Obama's approval ratings plunging. Since then, the market and the president have recovered somewhat.

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