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Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert  |   

The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?

Extra Vaccination Push Underway In Ohio As Mumps Outbreak Spreads  |   

Officials in Columbus, Ohio, are scrambling to contain a burst of mumps cases. There's a new clinic open for vaccinations, and Ohio State University is teaching students how to protect themselves.

Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf  |   

Since the disastrous BP spill in 2010, environmentalists have kept watch over Louisiana's coastline. One consortium says there's far more oil leaking into the Gulf than companies are reporting.

Training Could Avert Another Fertilizer Plant Disaster  |   

A year ago, a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas, killed 15 people and wounded 160. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reflects on how to avoid a future catastrophe.

'House Of Cards' Threatens To Ditch Baltimore For Chicago  |   

Tax credits have long been used to attract film and TV productions. But with the loss of revenue, critics of the practice say those investments are not worth it.

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