Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, on Thursday. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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Maine's Gov. Threatens Legal Action To Force Nurse Into Quarantine

Kaci Hickox, who tested negative for Ebola and says she is asymptomatic, defied Gov. Paul LePage by setting off on a morning ride with her boyfriend.

The new crash test dummy — not this one — will weigh 271 pounds and have a body mass index of 35. Automakers use the dummies to prove their vehicles are roadworthy. Patrick Krost/iStockphoto hide caption

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New Crash Test Dummy To Gain Pounds To Reflect Fatalities Among Obese

Obese occupants of a vehicle are up to 78 percent more likely to die in a car crash than someone of average weight, says the CEO of Humanetics, the world's largest maker of crash test dummies.

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.

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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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EU's New Competition Chief Could Shake Up Google Antitrust Case

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009. Under the new commissioner, the company could face more formal charges and billions of dollars in fines.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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Book News: Remembering Poet Galway Kinnell, Whose Song Said Everything

The Pulitzer Prize winner has died at the age of 87. In his deceptively simple poetry and in his activism, Kinnell sought to broaden his audience, even while grappling with difficult themes.

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