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Family Planning Squeezed In California By Health Law

As more clients go on Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, some birth control clinics are losing money and looking for creative ways to adapt.
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It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

Residents of a Philadelphia neighborhood that lacked a grocer got a new market brimming with fresh fruit and veggies — but that didn't change what they ate, a survey shows. Additional interventions — such as cooking classes and nutrition education — may be needed.
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New Heat Treatment Has Changed Lives For Some With Severe Asthma

About 10 percent of people with asthma aren't able to control it with medicine. The procedure delivers zaps of energy that burn off the outer layer of smooth muscle cells in the lungs' airways. That way there's less muscle to contract.
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Kansas Mayor Says Sustainability Is About Community, Not Politics

Today's political polarization makes it seem harder than ever to tackle climate change. Republican Bob Dixson says the goals of going green aren't only for liberals. His town of Greensburg was hit by an unusually strong tornado, and now he's working on a White House task force to prepare communities like his.
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Art Laboe And His 'Devil Music' Made Radio Magic

Laboe, a radio icon in Los Angeles, built a broadcasting career as one of the first DJs to play rock 'n' roll and to take requests live on the air. At 88 years old, he's still drawing listeners in, six nights a week, playing the "Oldies But Goodies" that made him famous.
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Funeral Home Kiosks Offer Shoppers The Ultimate Deal

To see what services the Forest Lawn company has to offer, there's no need to go to an actual funeral home or cemetery. In shopping centers across Southern California, the business is setting up kiosks that look like they could as easily be marketing homemade pottery instead of urns.
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Prospectors See A Golden Lining In California's Drought

The state's historic drought has been bad for farmers but good for gold seekers, who can now pan areas that have long been buried under feet of water.
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Four-Legged Athletes Compete With Olympic-Sized Heart

Sure, Sochi has competitors who perform feats of super-human strength and skill. But the agility contest at the Westminster Dog Show had nothing but cheerful contestants and good sports.
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Addict Lives With 'Monster' That's Waiting To Pounce

In the 1980's and 90's, crack cocaine ravaged the nation's capitol, helping to earn D.C. the moniker "the murder capital of the United States." For this week's Sunday Conversation, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Ruben Castaneda, who was himself addicted to crack even while he reported on the crack epidemic for The Washington Post.
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Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom

People who have never experienced earthquakes are starting to feel rumbles, which scientists say may be linked to the rise in oil and gas activity. Along with the quakes are shockingly loud noises that can put residents on edge.

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