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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Feb 28, 2014 — "It is just good luck," says astronomer Mark Thompson of the BBC's Stargazing Live. "The last time I have seen it this spectacular was probably 20 years ago."
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Apr 13, 2013 — A solar flare and ejection last Thursday is creating conditions for a display of the aurora borealis tonight, with the best viewing spots coming in the northern U.S.
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Jul 10, 2012 — There have been folktales for centuries about sounds supposedly coming from the sky when an aurora borealis is lighting up the night. Now, scientists in Finland say they've recorded the noises. What they don't know yet, is what causes them.
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Mar 9, 2012 — The solar storm that swept over Earth Thursday didn't seem to cause any major problems, as some had feared. But the prediction that it would create some beautiful Northern Lights has proved to be quite true.
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Oct 25, 2011 — From Alabama and Georgia north to the border with Canada, there are reports from all over the continental U.S. today about a fantastic display last night in the northern sky.
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