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Santa Barbara Oil Spill Adds To Pipeline Operator's Dismal Safety Record

Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline is reported to have a number of previous infractions. One of the company's pipelines also spilled an estimated 10,000 gallons near Los Angeles a year ago.

Senate Advances Bill To Give Obama 'Fast-Track' Trade Authority

The Senate is trying to wrap up its business before leaving Washington, D.C., for a week-long recess. That includes considering a bill to give President Obama expanded authority on trade.

Maryland Joins States That Won't Test New Drivers For Parallel Parking

Officials say the skills are tested by other tasks, like turning a car around. As of yet, using backup cameras on a driving test isn't allowed.

Freshman Representatives Reflect On First Few Months In Office

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to freshman members of the 114th Congress, Rep. Ruben Gallego and Rep. Mimi Walters, four months after their swearing in.

Veto Expected After Nebraska Lawmakers Vote To Abolish Death Penalty

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Bill Kelly, a reporter with NET, Nebraska's Public Broadcasting Network, about the Nebraska legislature's vote Wednesday to abolish the death penalty.

Maryland Drops Parallel Parking From Driver's License Test

Maryland has dropped the requirement that drivers must take a parallel parking test, joining a handful of other states who have eliminated the test. People share their tricks to parallel parking.

Chew On This: The Science Of Great NYC Bagels (It's Not The Water)

Popular myth has long credited New York's soft water for the city's irresistibly crusty, chewy bagels. But the chemistry behind a superior bagel is more complicated.

White House Ban On Militarized Gear For Police May Mean Little

An NPR analysis of equipment given to police agencies by the Pentagon since 2006 — 84,258 assault rifles, 951 armored vehicles, for example — found a vast majority of it would fall outside the ban.

Head Of Boy Scouts Says Group's Ban On Gay Adults 'Unsustainable'

Robert Gates, a former CIA director and former defense secretary, told the organization, "We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be."

Coded Talk About Assisted Suicide Can Leave Families Confused

In veiled conversations, some doctors may explain to dying patients how to hasten death. But overwhelmed families are left with profound questions and the feeling that no one can answer them.