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Despite California's Drought, Taps Still Flowing In LA County

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 6:00pm

The state is experiencing the worst drought in decades, but water consumption in the southern coastal region is actually higher than in previous years. New rules and incentives aim to change that.

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Actor James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' Dies

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Actor James Garner, best known for his roles in hit TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86 years old.

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Death Toll Climbs In Israel-Gaza Conflict Amid Attempts At Cease-Fire

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Israel widened its operation into Gaza Sunday and each side had the highest death toll of this two-week-old conflict. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Daniel Estrin in Jerusalem about this deadly day.

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Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Florida-native Lauren Arrington discovered that invasive lionfish, which usually live in the ocean, could survive in nearly fresh water. The 12-year-old's experiment blew away professional scientists.

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Tax Cuts Fallout Put Kansas Governor On Defense

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Kansas is now in a budget shortfall after a wave of dramatic tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. In response, more than 100 former GOP office holders in the state have endorsed Paul Davis, Brownback's opponent in the gubernatorial race this fall. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Steve Kraske of KCUR and the Kansas City Star.

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With Plane Crash, Conflict In Ukraine Back In World Spotlight

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Secretary of State John Kerry says evidence is mounting that Russian-backed separatists downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. New Republic editor Julia Ioffe discusses the tensions with NPR's Kelly McEvers.

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Migrant Heads Home To Mexico — And Joins Fight Against Cartel

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

In the Mexican state of Michoacan, civilian militias have put a powerful drug cartel, the Knights Templar, on the run. Among the vigilantes are migrants, like Reny Pineda, returning from the U.S.

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Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Shaun Thompson, the man behind hit fitness programs Insanity and Hip Hop Abs, says he got his big break after he gained the strength to leave an abusive relationship and pursue his dreams.

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Unlocking The Eclectic: A Conversation With Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

The enigmatic leader of Shabazz Palaces says his process is instinctive, non-linear and, sometimes, beyond his own understanding. Read Ishmael Butler's extended interview with All Things Considered.

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Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 3:41pm

James Garner, star of classic TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, died Saturday at age 86. TV critic Eric Deggans says he pioneered playing a new character: the "unhero."

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When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 2:33pm

When the subject of race comes up in his MFA writing workshop, author Matthew Salesses says, it usually feels traumatic — a burden personal to writers of color.

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The Fasting 5K: No Food, No Water, No Problem For Muslim Runners

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 12:36pm

It might sound crazy to run while fasting, but runners in five U.S. cities joined the Fasting 5K, held during Ramadan, to share their commitment to their faith.

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45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:40am

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11's Lunar Module, Eagle, touched down in the moon's Sea of Tranquility, marking humankind's first journey to another world.

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Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:47am

Congress can't come up with an agreement to pay for road repairs and construction over the long haul, but like a road crew filling a pothole, they do seem to have a patch at hand.

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Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:47am

Congress can't come up with an agreement to pay for road repairs and construction over the long haul, but like a road crew filling a pothole, they do seem to have a patch at hand.

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At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:40am

The British comedy troupe has reunited for what they say is the final time in Monty Python Live (Mostly). Fans around the world will watch the last show Sunday, either in London or via live stream.

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Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:03am

Forty-five years after man first walked on the moon, Alan Bean, who was part of the second lunar landing, talks to NPR's Arun Rath about his stormy launch and how he translates space travel into art.

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James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:48am

Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career.

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R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:21am

The nation's No. 2 tobacco manufacturer was slapped with the whopping punitive damages award in the death of a 36-year-old man of lung cancer in 1996.

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Putin May Be Key To Malaysian Plane Crash Inspection

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Wall Street Journal reporter James Marson about Vladimir Putin's response to mounting international anger at Russia following the downing of a civilian plane over Ukraine.

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