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Despite Drought, Some Corn Farmers Reap Bounty

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Drought has taken a toll on corn this year, and as a result, a growing number of ethanol plants have closed. Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Drought, Should Corn Be Food Or Fuel?

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Two men from northwestern Missouri became ill after tick bites infected them with a previously unknown virus. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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People walk in the storm surge from Hurricane Isaac along Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans. Isaac was later downgraded to a tropical storm as it continued to grind its way through the Gulf Coast, dropping torrential rain and generating dangerous storm surges. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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With West Nile On The Rise, We Answer Your Questions

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Seals' Comeback Spells Trouble For Mass. Coast

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White House Unveils New Fuel-Efficiency Standards

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Ted and Gale Franklin live in Leroy Township, Pa., where people have been dealing with flammable gas puddles and tainted well water. Becky Lettenberger/NPR hide caption

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Methane Making An Appearance In Pa. Water Supplies

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Heath Powers, a project manager at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's "tree torture" lab, climbs through a maze of wiring outside a tree chamber. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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'Torture Lab' Kills Trees To Learn How To Save Them

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William Armstrong, fire manager for the Santa Fe National Forest service, says lush forests can be a "plague." David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Is It Too Late To Defuse The Danger Of Megafires?

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'Carbon Nation' Tackles Climate Change, By Ignoring It

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Tree Rings Tell Tales Of Ancient Fires And Climate

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