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Peter Matthiessen Dies At 86; Wrote Of Travels In The Natural World

Author Peter Matthiessen, who used fiction and nonfiction to explore how man relates to nature, has died at 86. The revered naturalist and novelist had been suffering from leukemia.
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If A Picture's Worth 1,000 Words, Could It Help You Floss?

It's hard to get people to change their health behaviors for the better. Would putting drawings of simple health truisms on a pack of cards help? One creative tech geek wants to find out.
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Stereotypes Of Appalachia Obscure A Diverse Picture

Appalachia has become a familiar shorthand for rural, white Americans, typically in poverty. But in reality, the region has a rich ethnic history and a rapidly diversifying future.
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Americans Are On The Move, But In The Wrong Direction

People are having a harder time moving toward the places with the most economic opportunity. High cost of living is driving them to cheaper places, where job options are more limited.
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Focus At Fort Hood Shifts To Reported Argument Before Shooting

The shooting this week at Fort Hood has raised questions about securing military bases and providing adequate mental health care for soldiers. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with reporter Kirk Siegler about the latest at Fort Hood.
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Lucrative Illegal Animal Trade Thrives In Southern California

From sea cucumbers to deadly scorpions, exotic-animal trafficking is a multibillion-dollar business. Here in the United States, Southern California is a hub for distribution.
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A Spicy Gold Rush: Turmeric's Rise To Superfood

There's a gold rush going on, but it has nothing to do with metal. Ozy.com co-founder Carlos Watson says the yellow Indian spice, with its healing properties, is seeing growing popularity in the U.S.
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Dispute Came Before Fort Hood Shooting, Witnesses Say

The soldier who is believed to have killed three others in a shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, reportedly argued with fellow soldiers over paperwork shortly before violence erupted.
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NCAA Men's Final Four: Showdown In Texas

There are only four teams left in the men's NCAA bracket, as Kentucky, Connecticut, Florida, and Wisconsin vie for spots in Monday night's title game.
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Emergency Docs More Likely To Miss Signs Of Stroke In The Young

About 13 percent of people admitted to hospitals with a stroke diagnosis had visited the ER weeks earlier with complaints of headaches and dizziness that doctors mistakenly thought benign.

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