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Petitions for Referendum 74, which would provide a public vote on gay marriage, were submitted in June in Olympia, Wash. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Five Social Issues On November Ballots

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Five Social Issues On November Ballots

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California Gov. Jerry Brown, speaking in Sacramento on Wednesday, advocates a ballot initiative that would increase sales and income taxes. Several states have measures on the November ballot that seek to plug deficits by raising taxes. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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National

Budgets Tight, States Ask Voters To Raise Taxes

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Budgets Tight, States Ask Voters To Raise Taxes

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Dr. Amit Etkin and a research assistant help a participant into the bore of the MRI. Courtesy of the Etkin Lab at Stanford University hide caption

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YR Media

PTSD Isn't Just A War Wound; Teens Suffer, Too

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PTSD Isn't Just A War Wound; Teens Suffer, Too

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People stand on the beach to catch grunion during the annual grunion run at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, Calif., in 2009. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Summer Nights: Funtown At Sundown

For A Silvery Calif. Fish, A Special Moonlit Night

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For A Silvery Calif. Fish, A Special Moonlit Night

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Afghan soldiers (right) patrol with U.S. troops in the Panjwai district of southern Afghanistan in May. The two armies have been working together for years, but Afghan attacks against U.S. and NATO forces have been rising recently. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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World

Afghan Attacks On Western Partners Rising Sharply

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Afghan Attacks On Western Partners Rising Sharply

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John Railey of the Winston-Salem Journal says the eugenics program in North Carolina "was always hiding in plain sight." Julie Rose for NPR hide caption

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North Carolina Eugenics Victims Not Giving Up

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Thomas Mapfumo wrote one of the most famous revolutionary songs, "Hokoyo." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Record

Musicians Who Paid The Price Before Pussy Riot

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Musicians Who Paid The Price Before Pussy Riot

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Artur Davis, with his wife, Tara, concedes the Democratic gubernatorial race in Birmingham, Ala., in 2010. Since losing that race, he has become a Republican and moved to Virginia. Mark Almond/AP hide caption

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Elections

Once 'The Obama Of Alabama,' Now A GOP Headliner

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Once 'The Obama Of Alabama,' Now A GOP Headliner

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Ruth "Margo" Gee (left) is hopeful that her brother, Tyrone Jones, convicted of murder as a juvenile, will soon be freed from prison. Lawyer Charlotte Whitmore is helping her. Emma Lee for NPR hide caption

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Law

Jailed Young, Inmates Seek A New Day In Court

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Jailed Young, Inmates Seek A New Day In Court

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DefCon Kids camp co-founder Chris Hoff, with Conner Gilliam (from left), Conner Fine and Ethan Lai, work on a machine that draws designs on ping-pong balls. The camp is held in Las Vegas. Steve Henn/NPR hide caption

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All Tech Considered

At This Camp, Kids Learn To Question Authority (And Hack It)

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At This Camp, Kids Learn To Question Authority (And Hack It)

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Science Fair includes science-loving songs from Laura Veirs, Mates of State, Elizabeth Mitchell and more. El Lohse hide caption

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Music Reviews

Fire Up Your Kid's Imagination At The 'Science Fair'

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Fire Up Your Kid's Imagination At The 'Science Fair'

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