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For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Gulf Coast Oil

Crews collected 4.6 million pounds of oily material from the Gulf Coast shoreline this year. Coastal residents are asking how long they'll be living with the effects of BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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It's an era of music that has faded from memory, but some say it's an integral part of American history: Latin-Jewish music in the mid-20th century. Steve Berlin of Chicano band Los Lobos says if this were the soundtrack to his Hebrew school experience, he would have never dropped out.

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Sending King To Sochi With A Message On The Speed Of History

NPR's Scott Simon muses on the inclusion of the former tennis superstar in the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. King is a lesbian who was not always open about her sexuality, but both she and American culture have changed since then.

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Khodorkovsky, A Free Man After A Decade In Russian Prison

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Billie Jean King Travels With A Message About History

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Steady State Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Chris Kelly, right, used to run an auto repair shop but lost it during the recession. Kelly, 30, is now studying technology management at the University of Limerick. David Watters, a 20-year-old human resources student, wants to move to Dubai. "The generation that's between 18 and 25, they're leaving because they think there's no future in Ireland," Watters says. Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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Once Again, Irish Youth Are Leaving For A Better Life Overseas

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Today, Magazine's Kid Bylines Read Like 'Pulitzer Prize Roll Call'

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War Stories From Petula Clark

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The Life Of A Lobbyist In A Do-Nothing Congress

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For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk

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