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Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?

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There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.

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When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That

The U.S. government has a detailed and technical system for determining a famine. But conditions in South Sudan make it extremely difficult to assess just how dire the situation is.

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It's Not Whisky, But Everyone In Scotland Drinks It By The Bottle
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Brahma Fonk The Brothers Goldman

Wendi Kunkel points out the key in the ignition on her 2010 Chevy Cobalt in Rockwall, Texas, in April. GM recalled millions of cars over a flaw in ignition switches that could cause the vehicles to shut off unexpectedly. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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In Fixing Recalled Cars, GM Dealers Hope To Wow Customers
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Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge
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Morning Broadway Keith Mansfield

A construction excavator demolishes a B-hut at the huge Bagram Air Field north of Kabul. The military used the structures as bunks and offices during the 13-year war but is tearing them down as most of the military prepares to leave by year's end. Sean Carberry/NPR hide caption

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Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter
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C 130 Brownout

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Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only
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Typewriter Leroy Anderson
Ethio Blues Mulatu Astatke

Friar Gabriel Tooma leads a service at the Chaldean Church of the Virgin Mary of the Harvest, in Al-Qosh on June 15. At the time, the Christian village in northern Iraq was taking in those fleeing violence in the nearby city of Mosul. Now the village itself is largely deserted. AP hide caption

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Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months
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Surf Rock Rudy Guess
Beat Me 'Til I'm Blue Alan Hawkshaw & The Mohawks

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There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower
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Sparks Man Man
Rather Never Know Bronze Radio Return

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When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That
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Cory Branan: A 'No-Hit Wonder,' Making Small-Batch Country Music
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