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Oil Scare Turns FedEx On To Energy Efficiency

When Fred Smith started FedEx in 1971, the company nearly didn't make it because of the spike in fuel costs related to the Arab oil embargo. That experience led Smith to turn FedEx into one of the leaders in looking for alternatives to power its vans, trucks and jets.

The Historic Texas Drought, Visualized

In 2011, Texas endured the worst single-year drought in its history. Using a new interactive app by NPR's StateImpact, learn about the drought's progression and its impact on the state, explore the pros and cons of the policy decisions that need to be made and share your stories.


Fla. Cases Test 'Stand Your Ground' Law's Limits

At the heart of the controversial law is this question: What constitutes provocation? Since the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin made law the subject of national debate, one of the legislators who helped write it, Rep. Dennis Baxley, has been adamant in his belief that the law simply doesn't apply in this case.

Do Israeli-Azeri Ties Portend Conflict With Iran?

A news report alleges that Israel has quietly made an agreement with Azerbaijan to allow its jets access to Azeri air bases. With those air bases so close to Iran, some wonder if this deal is the result of a strengthening relationship or a threat to the Islamic republic.

Kentucky To Face Kansas In NCAA Title Game

The national championship game in men's college basketball is set. The Jayhawks beat Ohio State in a close one and Kentucky got past Louisville.

Finally, The Payoff In Women's NCAA Basketball

The NCAA Division 1 women's tournament gets criticized for not having enough true March Madness moments. Yet sometimes the elite teams gather, as they are in Denver, in such a show of force and talent that a fan tends not to miss the little guys.

A Rest Stop On The Road From Soldier To Civilian

More than a plane ride separates soldiers from returning home. Before they can go back to their families, the 182nd Infantry Regiment will spend several days "demobilizing" at Camp Atterbury. The process eases the transition back to the civilian world — and spots trouble before it ruins lives.

The Final Chapter For A Trusty Bookmobile?

Those rolling reading rooms are becoming scarce — too costly and outmoded, some say. The bookmobile in one New England town just broke down, and residents are wondering if it's time to shelve it in the history section.