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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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Apr 11, 2014 — At least 10 people died and several dozen were injured when a FedEx truck slammed into a charter bus. The high school students and chaperones were going to visit a Northern California college.
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Feb 27, 2014 — The drought-stricken state is getting some much-need precipitation this week. It's not expected to solve the situation, and the rain will create problems. But it's also very welcome.
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Feb 6, 2014 — The former head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission continues to warn about the security of the nation's power grid. Last spring, shots fired at transformers in San Jose, Calif., and caused extensive damage.
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Feb 5, 2014 — Last April in San Jose, transformers were knocked out at a power station when one or more snipers fired at least 100 rounds into them. Investigators say they don't believe it was an act of terrorism, but other experts disagree.
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Nov 27, 2013 — In Irwindale, Calif., city officials were peppered with complaints about smells coming from the hot sauce factory. Now a judge has said the plant must partially shut down while the company and authorities try to address the problem.
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Aug 29, 2013 — Though the massive fire around Yosemite National Park is now 30 percent contained, it will take more time to surround the blaze. Meanwhile, smoke is making the air unhealthy to breathe across a large area of Northern California and Nevada.
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Aug 27, 2013 — California Air National Guard crews battling the huge blaze have taken some amazing videos as they pass over the flames and smoke.
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May 28, 2013 — The blaze north of Santa Barbara has forced as many as 6,000 people to evacuate homes and campsites. It's thought the fire began Monday at a campsite in the Los Padres National Forest. So far, more than 1,000 acres have been burned. It may be a week before the fire is contained.
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Feb 21, 2013 — The birds are roaming the town of Albany on the east side of San Francisco Bay. They're messy, they're loud and they can be aggressive. And if you don't think they can be scary, check how freaked out one California TV producer got when she encountered just one turkey in another town.
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Feb 19, 2013 — Authorities say the deadly shooting spree began at a home, where one woman was found dead. The gunman was then involved in at least three carjackings — killing two more people in the process — before taking his own life.
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