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Oil Prices Tumble Again, Hurting Drillers But Helping Drivers

Oil prices are falling, down sharply since mid-June to just over $45 a barrel. That has affected gasoline prices, now down to an average of $2.65 a gallon, about 85 cents less than a year ago.

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Miss Wheelchair Nigeria Sings In Favor Of Access

Grace Alache Jerry advocates for Nigerians with disabilities. This week she introduced President Obama as he spoke to young African leaders, yet Jerry says she often feels excluded in her country.

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Music Interviews

Buddy Guy: 'I Worry About The Future Of Blues Music'

Buddy Guy is the blues, and he's our connection to a genre that's embedded in the history of America. But it's a sound the guitarist fears is fading.

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Author Interviews

Reflecting On Football And Addiction As 'Friday Night Lights' Turns 25

A quarter-century ago, Buzz Bissinger wrote about the big-time stakes of small-town high school football in Friday Night Lights. Now he talks about the impact the book had on the players and himself.

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Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Of Recovery And Reflection

Ghosts Of Katrina Still Haunt New Orleans' Shattered Lower Ninth Ward

A decade after the hurricane, the city has mostly bounced back, but not the black neighborhood with some of the worst damage. Many people didn't return; life's a struggle for those who did.

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Group Offers To Help Revive HitchBOT That Was Vandalized In Philadelphia

The kid-sized robot was on a journey from Massachusetts to California when it was torn apart. A group of design and technology makers wants to make repairs so the robot can continue on its way.

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Parallels - World News

Allegations Of Corruption Dog Mexico's First Lady

Angélica Rivera promised she would sell a multimillion-dollar home bought under controversial circumstances. But she has yet to sell the house, and her spending habits have drawn scrutiny as 2 million more Mexicans have fallen into poverty since her husband took office.

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It's All Politics

Get Ready For The Biggest Week Yet In The GOP Race For President

Presidential hopefuls have been making mad dashes to try and elevate their poll numbers to qualify for Thursday's debate and woo voters who are just tuning in to the contest.

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Shots - Health News

How A Scientist's Slick Discovery Helped Save Preemies' Lives

In the 1950s, John Clements discovered a slippery lung substance key to breathing — and to the survival of tiny babies. His insight transformed medicine.

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