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Smithsonian Welcomes Space Shuttle Discovery

The Smithsonian celebrated the arrival of NASA's most traveled spacecraft, space shuttle Discovery, which took the place of the space shuttle Enterprise in the museum's hangar.

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How A 'Western Problem' Led To New Drilling Rules

New EPA rules would control air pollution coming from wells being drilled by the oil and natural gas industries. The rules are a result of a lawsuit by an environmental group that sued the agency to clean up the drilling industry after communities in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming complained about air pollution.
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Death Penalty Research Flawed, Expert Panel Says

A panel of independent experts convened by the prestigious National Research Council has examined whether the death penalty deters or increases homicide rates. It concluded that the available research offers no useful information for policymakers.
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New Rules To Curb Pollution From Oil, Gas Drilling

The federal rules announced Wednesday will, among other things, soon require oil and natural gas drillers to limit air pollution from drilling operations. Though the requirements stand to save companies money long term, producers say pollution regulations should be left to the states.
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As Gasoline Goes Up, Natural Gas Cheaper Than Ever

At the same time gasoline prices are soaring, the cost of electricity is falling. The reason? Cheap and plentiful natural gas. A utility in Massachusetts has just sliced rates by 34 percent. Coming out of a recession, the lower electricity prices are quietly boosting the economy and providing some welcome savings to businesses and families.
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Hydraulic Fracturing In The Marcellus Shale

A supply glut and price collapse in natural gas is slowing down the hydraulic fracturing boom in some areas. How market forces, state regulations and health and environmental concerns are shaping development of the Marcellus Shale.

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What Can We Learn From Video Games?

The White House is making what some would call an unconventional investment. It's studying the benefits of video games on those who play them. White House senior policy analyst Constance Steinkuehler is at the head of that research and she discusses the initiative with host Michel Martin.
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Plan To Slaughter Horses For Human Consumption Is Met With Distaste

A proposal to slaughter horses in New Mexico highlights this country's unique aversion to horse meat. It's the first since the federal government lifted a ban on slaughter for horse meat.

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