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Ahead Of Alaska Drilling, Shell Practices Cleaning Up

Royal Dutch Shell could drill several exploratory oil wells into the waters off the north shore of Alaska this summer. The potential prize is huge, but so is the risk, should there be an oil spill in the pristine and remote region. So Shell is recruiting locals and training them to confront oil in icy waters.
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Asian And All-American: A Political Star Rises In N.Y.

Earlier this week, Taiwanese-American attorney Grace Meng won the Democratic primary for New York's newly redrawn 6th Congressional District. If she wins the general election in November, she'll become New York City's first Asian-American member of Congress.
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In 'Sponge Candy Crescent,' Addicts Hoard 'Heaven'

During the long winter months on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, sponge candy is a mainstay. But the temperamental treat isn't available in hot weather, so to get their fix in the summer, fans have to plan in advance.
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America's Affection For Hometown Confections

If you're gaga for a Nut Goodie, we know just where you're coming from. In fact, the candy you love can say a lot about where you grew up. Americans rally around their regional treats, maybe because they take us back to a simpler, sweeter time.
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Sanctions May Squeeze Iran ... And Raise Oil Prices

European nations have pledged to cut off oil imports from Iran beginning Sunday, tightening the sanctions that target Iran's nuclear program. Iran is expected to feel the squeeze — but the move could also push up world oil prices.
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Watergate: All The President's Men, But Women Too

This June marks the 40th anniversary of Watergate. While the scandal was dramatized memorably in Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's book All The President's Men, and in the 1976 film of the same name. Kate Dailey of the BBC tells Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan that women also played a vital role in a story that ultimately shattered Richard Nixon's presidency.
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Synthetic 'Bath Salts' An Evolving Problem For DEA

The compounds in the street drug known as "bath salts" aren't necessarily illegal, and they're constantly changing — allowing drug makers to stay one step ahead of law enforcement. So the Drug Enforcement Agency decided to make its own bath salts to better understand the drug.

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