An evening view of the Exxon Mobil oil refinery complex in Baton Rouge, La.
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May 30, 2013 The Standard Heights neighborhood sits next to the nation's second-largest gasoline refinery. Recently, residents learned a new truth about the plumes of exhaust they see every day: Exxon Mobil's aging refinery and petrochemical facilities — like many others — are pumping out far more pollution than the law allows.
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October 24, 2012 Fundraising reports for September show a massive spending and fundraising push by both the campaigns of President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney as the race enters its final phase.
IMG Academy pitching coach Dave Shepard gives pointers to pitcher Cameron Varga.
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August 15, 2012 For more than a century, countless Americans have dreamed of playing Major League Baseball. Few ever make it, but there is a place in Bradenton, Fla., that nurtures those dreams. IMG Academies takes students as young as 11 and mixes intense baseball training with an academic education.
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May 23, 2012 A behind-the-scenes tour of the factory where paper for U.S. currency has been made since 1879.
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April 19, 2012 Last month, a Washington, D.C. subway station was plastered with posters of giant dollar bills. One of them said: "Tell Congress to stop wasting time trying to eliminate the dollar bill." The $70,000 ad blitz was part of a small lobbying war over the fate of the dollar bill.
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March 23, 2012 How wired are the homes in your neighborhood compared with ones across town? An interactive map released today from American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop helps answer that question.
Millions of dollars have been spent on television ads during this campaign cycle.
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February 1, 2012 Newt Gingrich had his best fundraising of the campaign in the final months of last year — but so did rival Mitt Romney, whose disclosure reports showed he raised more than twice as much. As for Obama, his campaign showed that incumbency still has its advantages.
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Dollar coins gathering dust in the Fed's Baltimore brach.
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December 13, 2011 More than 1 billion coins are sitting unwanted in government vaults. Ending the program will save an estimated $50 million a year.
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October 17, 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the GOP presidential race Aug. 13, and went on to raise $17.2 million in the remaining 49 days of the quarter. These fat numbers put Perry at the front of the GOP money race. But when we dissected Perry's FEC report, we found three hidden weaknesses.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry saw his fundraising numbers plummet after his September debate performances.
October 17, 2011 An NPR analysis of contributions week by week found that itemized contributions to Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped 60 percent during the week following his first appearance in a GOP presidential debate, on Sept. 7. That same week, Romney's itemized contributions went up 50 percent. Compare the candidates' weekly fundraising totals in an interactive graphic.
Jane Liaw Liaw orders coins from the U.S. Mint to earn frequent-flier miles.
July 13, 2011 Travel enthusiasts buy thousands of coins with credit cards that award frequent-flier miles for purchases. The government picks up the tab for shipping.
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Millions of dollars worth of $1 coins languish in a vault at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's Baltimore branch.
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June 28, 2011 A joint inquiry by NPR's Planet Money and Investigations teams found that more than $1 billion of unused dollar coins are the wasteful byproducts of another failed congressional effort to replace the dollar bill in everyday commerce.
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A simulated Canadair Regional Jet flight deck at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.
February 17, 2011 Automation systems in modern aircraft are helping to make air travel safer, but those same systems can challenge and even confuse the pilots whom passengers rely on to get them to their destination safely.
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February 17, 2011 David McKenney, a 30-year veteran pilot for United Airlines, discusses the need for further study of safety of automated systems.
January 31, 2011 Alpha will absorb Massey and its 61 underground mines in a deal valued at $8.5 billion.
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