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We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric

Twelve-year-old Hayley Lindsay spent almost a month working with her dad on this Toothless the Dragon costume. There are sawn-off crutches in the front legs so she can comfortably walk on all fours. hide caption

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We Can Be Heroes — With Some Glue And A Little Fabric

The cosplay community has descended on the annual Comic-Con in San Diego. They're the dedicated folks who create lovingly accurate costume reproductions of their favorite fictional characters — and this year, NPR's Petra Mayer is one of them.

Video: Haboob, A Huge Dust Storm, Hits Phoenix Area

A dust storm reported to be more than 3,000 feet high hit Phoenix Friday, limiting visibility and threatening to reshape landscapes and leave a coating of grit in its wake. hide caption

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Video: Haboob, A Huge Dust Storm, Hits Phoenix Area

The storm is commonly referred to as a haboob, from the Arabic word for an intense summer dust storm. Today's storm hit in time to complicate the Friday afternoon commute.

In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen

Woody Allen (center) directs — that's right, directs — Colin Firth and Emma Stone in Magic in the Moonlight. Jack English/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Movie Interviews

In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen

Allen doesn't rehearse, and he isn't a big talker. But Firth pooh-poohs claims that he doesn't direct. He says Allen was a "very involved and meticulous director" while making Magic in the Moonlight.

Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Tests May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

The BACTrack Vio keychain breathalyzer and app on the iPhone at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. A public health researcher says tools like this could help people make better decisions about alcohol use. hide caption

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The Salt

Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Tests May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

Some of us now monitor our steps, sleep and calorie intake with wristbands and apps. So why not track blood-alcohol levels? We explore the next frontier in the self-measurement movement.

After Completing A 12-Year Sentence, A Texas Man Is Cleared By DNA

Prosecutors said a project to review untested rape kits proved the innocence of Michael Phillips, who says he pleaded guilty to a 1990 rape because his attorney advised him to avoid trial. hide caption

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Code Switch

After Completing A 12-Year Sentence, A Texas Man Is Cleared By DNA

Michael Phillips became the first man in the U.S. to be exonerated without requesting a review. DNA evidence from his conviction was tested by the Dallas County district attorney's integrity unit.

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