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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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May 16, 2014 — A 57-year-old was charged with fueling a small blaze that started on Wednesday — one of ten that have engulfed 30 square miles in San Diego County this week.
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May 15, 2014 — The image, captured by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite, shows smoke trails stretching out over the Pacific Ocean.
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May 15, 2014 — Authorities issued an additional 13,000 evacuation notices Thursday afternoon as a 1,000-acre blaze spread out in several directions. It's one of nine brushfires plaguing the area.
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May 14, 2014 — Nine wildfires were confirmed in the region on Wednesday alone, prompting more than 11,000 mandatory evacuations in the city of Carlsbad and multiple school closures.
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May 13, 2014 — More than 20,000 residents around San Diego have been allowed to return home. In Santa Barbara County, a small number of homes and business still must stay away.
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Sep 7, 2013 — The Rim wildfire that began three weeks ago today is now 80 percent contained, officials say, but it has burned more than a quarter of a million acres, and it may continue to grow, thanks to low humidity and other conditions.
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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 28, 2013 — The huge "Rim Fire" in and around Yosemite National Park is close to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir that serves San Francisco. While falling ash hasn't seriously polluted the waters yet, there's concern that erosion from scorched hillsides will cause problems for the water supply in coming months.
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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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Jul 18, 2013 — Weather conditions favor the fire that is heading toward the resort town of Idyllwild: Temperatures might soar to 105 degrees Thursday and the humidity could drop below 1 percent.
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