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In West Virginia, Fear About Safety Of Drinking Water Persists

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 4:23pm

A chemical spill earlier this year tainted the drinking water for residents throughout the Charleston region. NPR's Arun Rath talks to resident Nakeysha Bennett, whose son was born just two weeks after the spill.

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For Hollywood, 'Selma' Is A New Kind Of Civil Rights Story

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 4:23pm

The film, about a 1965 voting rights march, stands out for its focus on black characters, including some of the movement's lesser-known organizers, and the way it humanizes Martin Luther King Jr.

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After Year Of Atheism, Former Pastor: 'I Don't Think God Exists'

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 4:23pm

Former pastor Ryan Bell embarked on a year without God at the start of 2014. He says, "Before I wanted a closer relationship to God and today I just want a closer relationship with reality."

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An Aspiring Martian Continues To Pursue The Red Planet

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 4:23pm

Heidi Beemer has dreamed of going to Mars since she was 8 years old. In January, NPR talked to her about her application to Mars One, which is still pending — now she explains she has a plan B, too.

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California Drought Hit Farmers, Farm Workers Especially Hard In 2014

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 4:23pm

Cannon Michael, a sixth-generation farmer in Los Banos, Calif., tells NPR's Arun Rath how he lost almost 20 percent of his typical revenue and was forced to lay off several workers.

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In New York, Some Police Funeral Rites Go Back To The Civil War

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 4:23pm

Today's funeral service in New York for the two police officers killed last week is part of a long tradition in that city — with modern-day additions like helicopters flying in formation.

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Slain NYPD Officer's Funeral Draws Mourners From Around The Country

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 4:23pm

The funeral for slain police officer Rafael Ramos was held today. Ramos, along with his partner, was gunned down by a man said to be avenging the killings of black men at the hands of police.

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Facebook Finds That Not All Users Like The 'Year In Review' App

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 3:18pm

The social media giant's "Year in Review" app has upset some who prefer to forget 2014's unpleasant memories.

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Help (Still) Wanted: A Plumber For A Rural Town In Maine

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 2:58pm

In August, a couple in Jackman, Maine, created a scholarship for a student willing to train as a plumber and come back to work in the rural town. Months later, no student has taken the plunge.

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