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Drawing A Line From The Chinese Stock Market To Your Wallet

U.S. commodities — copper, corn, coal and more — are cheaper because of China's economic cooling. Producers got caught up in China's "teaser" demand for more of everything. It couldn't last.

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The 'Swim Whisperer' Teaches Kids To Be Water-Safe

For 20 years, Conrad Cooper has been teaching children in Los Angeles to swim by earning his young students' unwavering trust.

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NATO country flags wave outside NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. For just the fifth time in its 66-year history, NATO ambassadors met in emergency session to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP hide caption

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NATO Says It Stands With Turkey In Fight Against ISIS

After it began an air campaign against the so-called Islamic State, Turkey called a meeting of the 27 allies to raise the possibility of a need for NATO involvement.

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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Let our panel of public radio hosts turn you on to new music by Raury, Dafnis Prieto, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Lianne La Havas and more.

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The Demise Of Old-Style Demolition Derby KCUR

Demo derby used to be a low-budget hobby for guys who bought jalopies for one last romp before the scrap heap. But the event has changed — and some fear it may be running out of gas.

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The sporting options in Finland are everywhere. Here, two people take advantage of the ice on Lake Hiidenvesi to get some exercise. Sami Uskela/Flickr hide caption

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How Finns Make Sports Part Of Everyday Life

In Finland, 90 percent of adults take part in sports or exercise at least twice a week. The Nordic nation far outpaces the U.S. in adult sports participation. Free and easy access to facilities helps.

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The price of water in San Diego County has more than doubled lately. But vineyards require 25 percent less water than citrus. As a result, the number of wineries in the county has tripled in recent years. Lesley McClurg/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops KXJZ

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and toward planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.

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