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W.Va. House OKs Bill Letting People Carry Concealed Guns Without A Permit

The only concealed-carry permits needed would be for people who are 18-21 years old, if West Virginia enacts new gun legislation.

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In Chaotic Iraq, ISIS Is Just One Challenge Among Many

The war against ISIS is hardly Iraq's only problem. Many factions are angling for power, sectarian differences abound and falling oil prices have left the economy in shambles.

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In Rio, The Samba Parade Goes On Despite A Wardrobe Malfunction

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro donned an elaborate, colorful costume to samba her way through Rio's Carnival parade competition — and recovered fast after forgetting to tie a crucial double knot.

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Fallout From Grand Jury Decision Energizes Abortion Rights Opponents

Abortion rights opponents want the district attorney in Houston to resign and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to appoint a special prosecutor to again investigate and indict Planned Parenthood in Houston.

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Farm Contractors Balk At Obamacare Requirements KQED

The federal health law is putting farmers in a tough spot. Many contractors supplying workers have to offer health coverage. Insurance is costly and contractors worry about immigration fallout.

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'Life Of Pi' Author Delves Into Chimpanzee Fiction

With his new novel, author Yann Martel joins the genre that anthropologist Barbara J. King calls "chimpanzee fiction" — and through an ape's eyes shows us new possibilities.

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Developers Arrested Over Building That Collapsed In Taiwan's Earthquake

So far, 39 of the 41 people who died from the quake were residents of the Golden Dragon apartment building in the city of Tainan.

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Beyonce's 'Formation' Is A Visual Anthem

Filmmaker and writer dream hampton says that Beyonce's provocative new video is "about a black future [where] we are imagining ourselves having power and magic."

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