In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a former Red Cross official says as many as 40 percent of the organization's emergency vehicles were assigned for public relations purposes. This photo, which shows one of their trucks in Long Island, N.Y., in January 2013, is one example of the many publicity photos taken by the Red Cross. Les Stone/American Red Cross hide caption

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Red Cross 'Diverted Assets' During Storms' Aftermath To Focus On Image

An investigation by NPR and ProPublica reveals how the American Red Cross increased its focus on public relations while it struggled to meet basic needs of storm victims.

Djuna Perkins, a former prosecutor, now conducts sexual assault investigations for colleges and universities. She's had to hire three more staff members this year to keep up with all the work. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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A Closer Look At Sexual Assaults On Campus

To Tackle Sexual Assault Cases, Colleges Enlist Investigators-For-Hire

Colleges are under pressure to revamp how they handle sexual assault cases. So some schools, rather than trying to train administrators to act like prosecutors, are outsourcing the job to real ones.

A water maintenance crew works on leaky infrastructure in Skokie, a Chicago suburb. The area loses almost 22 billion gallons of water a year because of ailing infrastructure. David Schaper /NPR hide caption

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As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost

The nation's aging pipes and water mains are springing expensive leaks, wasting more than 2 trillion gallons of drinking water nationally and 22 billion gallons in the Chicago area alone.

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The Salt

Decoding The Food And Drink On A Day Of The Dead Altar

The Mexican tradition celebrates the dead and welcomes their return to the land of the living once a year. Enticing them to make the trip is where the food, drink and musical offerings come in.

A cow walks near oil pump jacks in Santa Maria, Calif. Oil production has long been a part of Santa Barbara County, but a new ballot measure could effectively shut down all new drilling operations there. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Keep On Drillin'? Santa Barbara Prepares To Vote On Oil Future

Measure P in California's Santa Barbara County asks voters to ban controversial oil and gas drilling methods such as hydraulic fracturing. To date, the oil industry has spent $7 million to defeat it.

Stephen Drimalas stands outside his former home in Staten Island's Ocean Breeze neighborhood. He rebuilt his home after Hurricane Sandy but recently decided to sell it to the state. Jennifer Hsu /WNYC hide caption

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After The Waves, Staten Island Homeowner Takes Sandy Buyout WNYC

Stephen Drimalas fled his home as the storm hit, and it was badly damaged. Now he and some of his neighbors are selling their property to the state, which hopes to get people out of flood-prone areas.

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Dozens Of Countries Take In More Immigrants Per Capita Than The U.S. Ozy.com

While the United States has the most total foreign-born residents, they make up a higher percentage of the population in most European countries and some Gulf states, as well as Canada and Australia.

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Mumadou Traore says the Ivory Coast's French bureaucracy is a "blessing" when it comes to Ebola. Gregory Warner/NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

No Ebola, S'il Vous Plait, We're French: The Ivory Coast Mindset

The country borders Liberia and Guinea, but so far Ebola hasn't arrived. Maybe it's because of the French heritage. When the authorities tell people what to do to keep the virus out, they listen.

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We asked the King of Auto-Tune if he'd grace the Tiny Desk without any embellishment or effects to show what's really made his career: his voice — and those songs.

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