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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 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

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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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Aug 5, 2014 — The European Rosetta mission arrives at its target comet Wednesday morning. In the coming months, its lander unit will harpoon the space rock.
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Aug 4, 2014 — The European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission has taken the long way to reach Comet 67/P. Later this week, it will finally arrive.
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Jul 10, 2014 — A team of volunteer space cowboys may have to say goodbye to ISEE-3 and to their dream of reviving for a final mission the creaky, 36-year-old hardware. Failed tests Wednesday suggest a fuel problem.
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Jan 20, 2014 — The European comet-chaser has been in hibernation for nearly three years in an effort to conserve power. It is due for an August rendezvous with 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
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Dec 11, 2013 — The European Space Agency's probe has spent the last decade doing flybys of Earth and Mars to match comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's speed.
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Dec 3, 2013 — Imagine stepping into an elevator and bumping into your greatest hero. What would you say? Commentator Adam Frank had this happen with one of the 20th century's greatest astronomers, a seer of sorts.
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Dec 2, 2013 — There were hopes over the weekend that ISON might have survived its close encounter with the sun. But "with more than a little sadness," the space agency says, "we have to declare the comet lost."
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Nov 25, 2013 — Once again, there's talk about a possible "comet of the century." Will ISON be a thriller or a dud? It's due to whiz by the sun on Thanksgiving Day. If it holds itself together after that, the comet could put on a stellar show in December.
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Aug 22, 2013 — NASA says the small object that was caught on video by a spacecraft called the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory was most likely a member of a sun-grazing group of comets known as the Kreutz family.
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Mar 15, 2013 — The comet's now putting on a show in the Northern Hemisphere's night sky. Using its orbiting observatories, NASA captured a stereo view from space that offers a unique perspective.
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