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In The War Against Veteran Homelessness, Can Victory Be Declared?

In 2009, then-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki declared that all homeless veterans would have housing by 2015. New Orleans has made big strides, but in Los Angeles, the problem persists.

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Goats and Soda

In The Fight Against Tsetse Flies, Blue Is The New Black

For some unknown reason, the insects that transmit sleeping sickness in sub-Saharan Africa are attracted to the color blue. So scientists think blue flytraps could help wipe out the disease for good.

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Environment

Exploring The 'Wild And Haunting World Of Dolphins'

In her new book, Voices in the Ocean, Susan Casey describes the life of dolphins and details some new threats the animals face, such as organized dolphin kills and man-made sounds in the ocean.

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All Songs Considered

Guest DJ: Sylvan Esso Shares Its Favorite Music

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn break down the components of their electro-folk sound and share songs by some of the artists who have inspired them.

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Families Of Newtown Massacre Victims Reach $1.5 Million Settlement

Sixteen families who sued the estate of shooter Adam Lanza's mother will receive nearly $94,000 apiece under the deal. The settlement still needs a judge's approval.

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The Salt

How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.

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Politics

New Power Plant Rules Likely To Start Slow-Burning Debate, Legal Action

President Obama's plan puts new limits on greenhouse gases. One legal expert says the rules are in for a long ride — with a final stop in the next couple of years at the Supreme Court.

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The Salt

Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.

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