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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
 
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April 17, 2014 | NPR · A typical UPS truck now has hundreds of sensors on it. That's changing the way UPS drivers work — and it foreshadows changes coming for workers throughout the economy.
 
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Brazil is the spiritual home of soccer and a world powerhouse in the sport. It's woven into the Brazilian psyche. Wins and losses have had repercussions in other realms — including politics.
 

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April 17, 2014 | NPR · President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.
 
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April 17, 2014 | NPR · The president has visited Prince George's County, Md., four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African-American majority. It also happens to be very close to the White House.
 
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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone"-- where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light-years away.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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California fires

Jan 16, 2014 — The fire, apparently started at a camp site, has swept through more than 1,500 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles.
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Aug 24, 2013 — The Rim Fire, which has crossed into Yosemite National Park, is already affecting the power supply to the Bay Area, 150 miles to the west.
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Jun 3, 2013 — Cooler weather helped firefighters gain ground on a huge blaze that has scorched more than 45 square miles northwest of Los Angeles. Firefighters were able to double containment of the Powerhouse wildfire, which had been fueled by dry brush and windy conditions over the weekend.
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May 5, 2013 — Firefighting officials in California are optimistic that they can get more of the Springs Fire under control Sunday, as for the second day cooler temperatures and higher humidity are expected to help their cause. The fire could be entirely contained by Monday, officials say.
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May 4, 2013 — Firefighters in Southern California are welcoming the latest weather forecast, as lower temperatures and higher humidity could help them control the Camarillo Springs Fire. So far, only 15 structures have reportedly been damaged, in an area where rugged wilderness provides plentiful fuel for fires.
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May 2, 2013 — The blaze is burning in the rugged foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains about 50 miles west of Los Angeles and less than a dozen miles from the Pacific Ocean. It has forced evacuations of hundreds of homes.
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Jul 3, 2008 — As hundreds of fires continue to burn in California, we'll talk with the men and women on the front lines of firefighting. Are you a firefighter? What's your story?
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