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August 19, 2014 | NPR · More than one week after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb, protests continue. On Monday night, police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse demonstrators.
 
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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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May 14, 2014 — Fire officials hope they've seen the worst of a fire that has burned 1,550 acres. They also say they'll get to the bottom of a message in an alert stating, "fire in your pants."
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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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