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Ala. Juke Joint Shuttered After More Than 50 Years

Longtime blues joint Gip's Place, in Bessemer, Ala., has been forced to close its doors. Weekend Edition profiled the place two years ago. Host Scott Simon takes note of the closing.
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Officials Aren't Linking Man's Arrest To Texas Explosion

A former emergency services volunteer in West, Texas, is under arrest for allegedly possessing an explosive device. But investigators say they have not tied him to the April 17 fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant that devastated the community.
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Frozen Lakes Cut Into Minnesota Fishing Tradition

Saturday is the opening of the walleye fishing season, and it's usually one of the busiest weekends for the state's resort communities. This year, many of the lakes in northern Minnesota are still iced over, putting a chill on the season.
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Sequester Has Air Force Clipping Its Wings

Automatic budget cuts have pushed Air Force bases to slash their flying budgets even though it means grounding pilots and reducing readiness. The cancellations are boosting the arguments of those who want the military excepted from sequestration cuts.
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Tiny Mites Spark Big Battle Over Imports Of French Cheese

Microscopic bugs called cheese mites are responsible for the distinctive rind and flavor of the bright orange French cheese Mimolette. But now, the FDA has blocked more than a ton of Mimolette from entering the country, because the agency says the mites left on it make it unfit for consumption.
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Newtown Panel Votes To Build New School At Sandy Hook Site

After multiple meetings about whether to renovate, rebuild or relocate, town leaders voted to tear down the elementary school in which 26 children and educators were killed in a mass shooting in December.
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IRS's Tea Party Scrutiny Adds To Conservatives' Case Against Obama

The targeting by IRS workers in Cincinnati of the filings of conservative groups for added scrutiny was an innocent mistake, said an agency official who apologized. But President Obama's critics see more nefarious motives in the action.
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How Swedish Malort Became Chicago's Mascot Bitter Drink

After Swedish immigrants moved out of the city, the traditional Swedish spirit was adopted by different ethnic groups. Bartenders eventually rediscovered the bitter spirit, too, and have helped to fuel its revival in Chicago.

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