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Straight, No Chaser Bruce Hornsby, Jack DeJohnette et. al.
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Susan Edwards, manager of Austin Wildlife Rescue, holds a juvenile raccoon. The raccoon should be twice its size by now. But because of the drought, "the water sources are so poor, the mother's milk" lacked essential nutrients, Edwards said. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Texas Drought Takes Its Toll On Wildlife

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Female Golfing Phenom Seeks Titles, Recognition

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Patent Wars Could Dull Tech's Cutting Edge

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A Family That Teaches Together Talks Shop

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Woman Reaches K2's Summit, And A Place In History

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St. John's Night on the Bare Mountain New York Philharmonic / Leonard Bernstein
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