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Obama's Surgeon General Nominee Stuck In Limbo

President Obama's nominee for surgeon general has a medical degree and an MBA, but his confirmation is being held up in the Senate because of special-interest politics and Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns.
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Nevada Farmers Hack The Drought By Switching Up The Crops

The latest drought has revived questions about the viability of farming in Nevada desert. While some farmers have given up, others are experimenting with crops like grapes that require less water.
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A U.S. Border Shelter That Attracts Asylum Seekers Far And Wide

Nuns runs La Posada Providencia, a shelter in south Texas, just across from Mexico. But the asylum seekers are a veritable United Nations, coming from places like Ethiopia, Albania and Nepal.
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Beyond Beans: Starbucks Seeks To Branch Out From Coffee

Starbucks is testing an evening menu that includes wine at more than 25 locations. Now, the company's chief operating officer says it plans to offer its nighttime fare at thousands of U.S. stores.
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Long, Hot Winter Puts Western Fire Officials On Edge

As much of California remains in a state of extreme drought, worried eyes are turning toward the coming fire season — which is expected to be particularly destructive.
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Al-Qaida Spokesman: I Warned Bin Laden That U.S. Would Kill Him

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith took the stand in a Manhattan court on Wednesday. He said that in a conversation with the al-Qaida leader he predicted the U.S. "will not settle until it kills you."
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Far From Home, South Sudanese Basketballer Finds Footing On Court

In three years, Mooseheart High School's basketball team went from also-ran to champion. One of the reasons? Mangisto Deng, a 6-foot-7-inch player from South Sudan. He tells of his journey and team.
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U.S. Pulls Out Of ICANN — What Does That Spell For Internet Users?

The U.S. plans to give up oversight of the nonprofit that manages Internet names and addresses. Technology reporter Gauthem Nagesh of The Wall Street Journal explains what this means for the Internet.
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Capitol's Immigration Stagnation Gets Dreamers Moving On The Border

With deportations at a record high under the Obama administration, and with immigration reform stalled in Congress, Dreamer protest groups are trying to keep the issue alive with actions of their own.
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Grito: The Longest Shout You'll Hear Today, With A History

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep took a trip along the U.S.-Mexico border. At one of his first stops, he listened to a contest involving the "grito," a long shout with an even longer history in Mexico.

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