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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Joanne Liu of Doctors Without Borders says fear and a lack of sense of urgency has kept the international community in their home countries rather than stepping up to the plate in West Africa.
 
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August 19, 2014 | NPR · The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?
 
August 19, 2014 | NPR · Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Gulf of Mexico

Aug 6, 2014 — The Gulf of Mexico accounts for more than 20 percent of U.S. domestic oil production. But few see these operations far offshore.
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Sep 15, 2013 — From the east and the west, two storm systems are closing in on Mexico, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. Hurricane Ingrid is moving toward the country's east coast in the Gulf of Mexico; Tropical Storm Manuel is closing in on the southwest coast in the Pacific Ocean.
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Jul 25, 2013 — No one was hurt when the crew lost control of the rig on Tuesday and a fire followed. It looks like sediment and sand helped stop gas from escaping, robbing fuel from the fire in the process.
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Jul 24, 2013 — Deep-sea natural gas reservoirs sometimes contain oil, but experts say it's highly unlikely Tuesday's accident in the Gulf of Mexico would leak anything like the BP spill. And there are signs suggesting the only thing crews have to deal with is leaking gas.
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Jul 24, 2013 — A blowout on Tuesday forced 44 workers to evacuate. Later, a blaze broke out. Officials say the damage to the environment should not come close to that caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident.
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Mar 7, 2013 — Commercial fishermen have the highest rate of on-the-job fatalities of any occupation in the country. The winches that shrimpers use to pull in their nets pose particular hazards, an analysis of deaths and injuries finds.
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Feb 9, 2012 — Democratic Rep. Stephen Holland has introduced a bill in the state House to change the name of the gulf. It's a satirical shot aimed at his Republican colleagues, he says. Stephen Colbert had the idea before him.
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Sep 15, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, debt crisis in Europe, and the environmental state of the Gulf. In the second hour, writing your life story at the end of your life, and what the Jackie Kennedy tapes reveal about the former first lady.
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Aug 18, 2010 — Mexico placed new tariffs on U.S. pork and other products as part of its continuing NAFTA-related trucking dispute with its north of the border neighbor. The Teamsters continue to oppose Mexican trucks operating in the U.S.
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Jul 15, 2010 — A reserved Obama greets news that BP capped the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher.
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