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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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Beatlemania! When The Fab Four Rocked The Lunchroom

Soon after they arrived on U.S. shores, The Beatles infiltrated just about every part of American pop culture — including lunchboxes. Fans have been known to shell out more than $1,000 for an authentic 1960s lunchbox featuring the band.
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Is It Enough Rain For Drought-Stricken California?

The San Francisco Bay area has gotten about 3 inches so far this season, but normally it should have received 14.5 inches.
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New Team Figure Skating Already Has Its Share Of Controversy

The U.S. and Russian teams are fending off accusations from a French sports website that they are colluding to help each other win medals.
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Birth Control And Blood Clots: Women Still Weighing The Risks

The drug company Merck has agreed to settle with thousands of claimants who sued over the contraceptive NuvaRing. Hormonal birth control has never escaped controversy when it comes to potentially serious side effects, so how do women sort through the data and make a decision that works for them.
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U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends

U.S. Olympic teams have been more successful in speedskating than in any other winter sport. The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.
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Collecting The Letters Of Wartime

Letters written in a time of war reflect almost universal longing and loss, no matter the century or the enemy. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Andrew Carroll, the director of the Center for American War Letters, about his personal collection of wartime correspondence from every American conflict, going back to 1776.
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New Criminal Sentencing Efforts Aim To Reduce Prison Crowding

This week the Justice Department encouraged people sent to prison under tough old drug laws to apply for clemency. The Senate Judiciary Committee also advanced a bill that advocates call the biggest sentencing reform in decades. Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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