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Around the Nation
9:29 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Lifted On Giant Inner Tubes, An Old Tree Moves In Michigan

Construction workers lift an oak tree to move it to the other side of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
Austin Thomason Michigan Photography

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 5:42 am

For as many as 250 years, a bur oak has been growing on what is now the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. The big tree stands in the way of an expansion of the Ross Business School.

But instead of cutting it down, the university is moving the tree. It's not easy, it's not cheap, and it's definitely not fast.

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Shots - Health News
9:13 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Fresh From Appalachia: Chinese Medicinal Herbs

The Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers Consortium's goal is to raise plants that meet the quality standards demanded by clinical practitioners.
Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:00 am

Traditional Chinese medicine is gaining acceptance in the U.S., though still largely as a complementary treatment.

Mainstream doctors are mixed on its effectiveness. Still, as alternative treatments gain traction and the demand for Chinese herbs grows, farmers in Appalachia are responding.

The Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine in Pilot, Va., is surrounded by miles of mountains, forests and farmland.

Outside the building, small plots of Chinese medicinal herbs grow on terraced slopes.

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Commentary
7:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Is The U.S. Military Too Reliant On Contractors?

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 1:38 pm

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Health
7:22 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Mother-Daughter Procedures, And Other Cosmetic Surgery Trends

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 7:27 am

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: 52.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 752.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: 25.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: 6.1125.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #4: 25,846.

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NPR Story
7:09 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Sting's 'Last Ship' Explores His Shipyard Youth

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 1:38 pm

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Long before he was Sting, he was Gordon Sumner, a kid from northern England where the shipyard loomed large over his life and everyone else's.

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Sports
7:09 am
Sun October 26, 2014

World Series Game 4: A Small Ball Paradise

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 1:38 pm

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Animals
7:09 am
Sun October 26, 2014

The Merciless Battles Of Tiny, Barbarous Bees

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 1:38 pm

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In a land far, far away, species many millions of years old are mired in an epic war. It's a story of stolen lands, child labor, royalty in peril.

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Around the Nation
8:50 am
Sun October 19, 2014

As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms

Many rural California residents rely on private wells for tap water — wells that are starting to dry up.
Jeremy Raff KQED

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:43 am

Imagine flushing the toilet and watching sand come up. That's what happened to Pam Vieira, who lives south of Modesto, Calif. Her water well has slowed to a trickle, and you can see the sand in the tank of her toilet.

"Sometimes we have brown water," Vieira says. "Sometimes we have no water."

Vieira is one of as many as 2 million rural California residents who rely on private domestic wells for drinking water.

Some of those people are among the hardest hit by the state's severe drought, as wells across the state's Central Valley farm belt start to go dry.

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Parallels
8:06 am
Sun October 19, 2014

An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protesters

Student demonstrators don't want to fall behind on their studies, so volunteers built them an outdoor study hall. Some of the desks are built into the concrete highway divider.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:43 am

Hong Kong's main pro-democracy protest camp turned three-weeks-old over the weekend. What began as a road block has grown into urban village with several hundred tents that attracts more than a thousand people at night.

The camp is a combo street fair, outdoor art gallery with political sculptures, propaganda posters as well as speeches, movie screenings and even a free library.

The vibe here is like an American college campus in the 1960s, except it's on an island on the edge of the South China Sea and surrounded by skyscrapers.

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Religion
6:44 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Mormon Teens Re-Enact Handcart Disaster To Bring History To Life

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:43 am

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