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Predicting Quakes Still Shaky, But Being Prepared Is Crucial

In Southern California and communities from St. Louis to Seattle, millions of Americans live in areas at risk for earthquake. But many have not taken simple steps to protect themselves — and seismologist can only provide limited warning.
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To Avoid Flooding, Coastal Homeowners Lift Themselves Up

Driving through the low-lying community of Lindenhurst, on New York's Long Island, you see house after house lifted up on pilings, 12 feet in the air. Superstorm Sandy put Lindenhurst under 8 feet of water, and many homeowners lost everything. For many, lifting a house has become the go-to solution.
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Lou Reed, Leader Of The Velvet Underground, Has Died At 71

The singer and songwriter who led The Velvet Underground and influenced generations of musicians has died at age 71. Lou Reed's solo career made him into a rock icon after the pioneering band disbanded.
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Hawaii Set To Take Up Gay Marriage In Special Session Monday

The gay marriage debate is nothing new to Hawaii. In 1990, gay couples applied for marriage licenses there and helped start the national debate that resulted in the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Woman And Children Stabbed; Five Die In Brooklyn Attack

Four children were killed in a stabbing attack that took place in Brooklyn Saturday night, New York officials say. Police have taken a person of interest into custody.
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Cardinals Get A Walk-Off World Series Win On Bizarre Play

Game 3 of the World Series ended in unusual fashion Saturday night, as a ninth-inning obstruction call on Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks resulted in umpires awarding a base to St. Louis' Allen Craig — bringing the winning run home and putting the Cardinals ahead in the series, 2-1.
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Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost?

Since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast a year ago, the federal government has spent millions to repair the devastation. But with a changing climate, more storms — and more damage — are likely on the way. A geologist argues it's time to rethink the strategy, but Long Beach locals are thankful for the rebuilding efforts.
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Song For Childhood Ghosts 'Carries On' The Sorrow

Singer-songwriter Rita Hosking grew up in a house she says was haunted. She's written a song for the ghosts of the child who died and the grieving mother who followed him.
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The Truth That Creeps Beneath Our Spooky Ghost Stories

Those chills up and down your spine could mean more than just the thrill. An anthropologist tells us what these scary stories reveal. Click — if you dare — for tales of terror.
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Does A Bear Drive In The Woods?

Three different bears broke into three different cars in Northern California recently. They learn how to open the doors, but they're not so good at getting out. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Anne Bryant, the executive director of the Bear League in Tahoe, Calif., a nonprofit group that helps keep bears safe in the wild.

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