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2:45 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Iowa, Key To Obama's 2008 Win, Now Divided

Signs of the drought in central Iowa are apparent just off the road in Marion County. A vast majority of farmers are protected from crop losses with federally backed insurance.
Liz Halloran NPR

The line at the cavernous Smokey Row Coffee House in Oskaloosa stretched out the door and down the block, so long that dozens of Iowans waiting to see presidential candidate Barack Obama had to settle for a peek through the windows.

It was July 4, 2007, heady days for Obama in the Hawkeye State, where Democratic caucusgoers would soon launch him as a legitimate national contender, and where state voters would later turn out in record numbers to help put the first-term Illinois senator into the White House.

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All Tech Considered
2:38 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Report From The Drone Convention: Unmanned Vehicles Find New Uses

Brian Bills, a flight operations analyst for Lockheed Martin, demonstrates the Procerus VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) Flight System — a surveillance drone for commercial, civil and military customers — at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference in Las Vegas. (Watch a demo video.)
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 3:33 pm

Drone makers and robotics manufacturers are looking for — and finding — new uses for devices that were once limited to the worlds of science and the military.

After a decade of explosive growth, thanks largely to the post-Sept. 11 demand from the military for unmanned vehicles, the industry is eagerly awaiting the opening of a new front: the domestic drone market.

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The Two-Way
2:24 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Shannon Eastin Set To Become First Female To Officiate NFL Game

In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, and provided by the Seattle Seahawks, NFL official Shannon Eastin works during the Seahawks NFL football training camp in Renton, Wash.
Rod Mar AP

Tonight, Shannon Eastin will break a gender barrier: The line judge will become the first woman to officiate an NFL game.

In a conference call today, she told the AP she wasn't intimidated.

"I want to encourage women: Don't be afraid," Eastin said. "Pursue and have dreams. This is my dream. With very step I hope to show it really doesn't matter if you are male or female."

The thing is that Eastin is stepping into the role during a difficult time. She is a replacement official because the regular officials are currently locked out because of a labor dispute.

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The Two-Way
2:18 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

After Tragedy For Sikhs, A Glimpse Into 'The Sunshine of Their Minds'

Sikhs and others who wanted to show support gathered Wednesday night for a vigil in Manhattan.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 2:30 pm

  • Ambassador Nirupama Rao on 'Tell Me More'

Out of the horror of Sunday's shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., has come a window into "the sunshine of their minds," India's ambassador to the U.S. says about faithful Sikhs.

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The Salt
1:47 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Maryland Dairy Farmers Scoop Up A Sweet New Source Of Income

A girl checks out the options at Rocky Point Creamery in Tuscarora, Md., one of seven farms on the state's ice cream trail.
Ebony Bailey NPR

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 11:06 am

Some enterprising dairy farmers in rural Maryland have found a new source of income — opening ice cream shops on their farms. This summer, seven of them have come together to form Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail, the nation's first farm-based ice cream trail. And the results so far seem pretty sweet.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:45 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Justice Department Looks For Ways To Recruit Forensic Pathologists

Dr. Amy Tharp, a forensic pathologist, explains gun shot wounds on an anatomical model during her testimony in Bedford, Va. in March 2010.
Kim Raff AP

Television crime dramas may draw big audiences, but they don't seem to work as a recruiting tool for forensic pathologists.

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The Torch
1:15 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Michigan's Claressa Shields Wins Historic Gold Medal In Women's Boxing

U.S. boxer Claressa Shields (left) lands a punch on Nadezda Torlopova of Russia during the women's boxing middleweight final at the ExCel Arena in London. Shields, 17, won the first-ever gold medal in the event.
Jack Guez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 3:59 pm

She's still in high school, but boxer Claressa Shields, 17, is also an Olympic gold medalist, after she won her middleweight final Thursday. She defeated Russia's Nadezda Torlopova by a score of 19-12.

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The Two-Way
12:55 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Despite El Niño, NOAA Increases Hurricane Season Prediction

Hurricane Ernesto before making landfall in Mexico.
NOAA

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 1:47 pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said today that the chance for a more active than normal hurricane season has increased since it issued its first prediction in May.

NOAA is now predicting 12 to 17 named storms and five to eight hurricanes. Two or three of those could become major hurricanes. In May, NOAA had predicted 9 to 15 storms.

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The Two-Way
12:36 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Google Settles Over Safari Privacy Breach; Will Pay Record $22.5M Fine

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 1:05 pm

As several news outlets had predicted last month would happen, Google is going to pay $22.5 million — the largest civil penalty the Federal Trade Commission has ever levied — to settle charges that it wasn't straight with users of Apple's Safari browser about how it would track their Web surfing.

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Participation Nation
12:33 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Healing The Bay In Santa Monica, Calif.

A volunteer picks up trash at a Nothin' But Sand beach cleanup.
Courtesy of Heal The Bay

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 12:59 pm

Clean is a relative term, says Eveline Bravo, programs manager for Heal the Bay, a nonprofit pro-environment organization hellbent on restoring Santa Monica Bay.

"There's so much Styrofoam and plastic and it's hard to feel like you're not just making small dents."

Yet every third Saturday, Bravo — along with hundreds of other volunteers — shows up at designated beaches with buckets in hand.

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