There are about 400,000 greater sage grouse left on the landscape, spread across 11 Western states, from California to North Dakota. That's a fraction of what their numbers were just a century ago. Tom Koerner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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Environment

Fight To Save The Sage Grouse Finds Friends In All Corners Of The West

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether to list the greater sage grouse as endangered. Many groups, including some oil and gas firms and a conservation group don't want that to happen.

As different as their backgrounds were, and even their approaches to judging, when it came to women's rights, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (left) and Sandra Day O'Connor were allies. Courtesy of HarperCollins hide caption

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Author Interviews

Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Sandra Day O'Connor, 'Sisters In Law'

A new book details that the women were not personal friends, but they were strong allies on the Supreme Court bench, especially in the legal fight for women's equality.

Ryan Peck repossesses vehicles in Corpus Christi, Texas. His business is seeing the upside of the downturn in oil prices: a spike in the number of expensive trucks bought by oilfield workers during an earlier boom. Mose Buchele/KUT hide caption

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U.S.

Oil Market Bust Yields Unexpected Boom For Texas Repo Men

The price of oil has dropped to its lowest point in years in recent weeks. That's meant layoffs and people falling behind on payments for the fancy vehicles they bought during the good times.

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Line-sitters waited for hours outside Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, on July 3. Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT hide caption

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The Salt

5-Hour Line Turns Barbecue Pilgrims Into Cash Cow For Locals

At Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, people start lining up at 5 a.m. to get a taste of world-famous brisket. The line has become such a fixture that it's become a business opportunity for locals.

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Dr. David Burkons holds the licensing certificates that allowed him to open a clinic that provides medical and surgical abortions. It took about 18 extra months of inspections, he says, to get the approval to offer surgical abortions. Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Bucking Trend, Ohio Doctor Opens Clinic That Provides Abortion Services

The state has put many restrictions on abortion. Since 2010, about half the clinics performing the procedure in Ohio have closed. But Dr. David Burkons sees offering abortion as part of patient care.

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"Probably females are better at accessing olfactory memories, but I don't know why," says Robert Bath, a wine and beverage studies professor at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. "Maybe men don't pay as much attention?" Maria Fabrizio for NPR hide caption

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The Salt

Are Women Better Tasters Than Men?

Many in the wine and beer industry claim women have a keener sense of smell, and thus taste, than do men. Sensory scientists who've tackled this question say there's something to it.

"I would have thought the top drug kingpins in the country wouldn't be the beneficiaries of what we're trying to do here," Judge Royce C. Lamberth said, referring to sentencing reform efforts and guidelines that were designed to help nonviolent drug offenders secure early release. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Notorious Cocaine Dealers' Release Requests Test New Sentencing Guidelines

A man who helped flood Washington, D.C., with drugs in the 1980s wants to reduce his sentence using guidelines that help drug offenders secure early release. A federal judge doesn't seem convinced.

Wes Craven's most memorable creation may have been knife-fingered nightmare Freddy Krueger. The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Remembrances

Rest In Peace, Wes Craven (We Sure Won't)

The horror master, who died on Sunday, disturbed the dreams of millions of moviegoers in A Nightmare on Elm Street, and he helped to revitalize the genre in the 1990s by directing the Scream movies.

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