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Stories for August 11, 2013

How A Massive Power Outage Sent People Dancing In The Street

Aug. 11
Beth Fertig / NPR
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On Aug. 14, 2003, a series of cascading power failures led to a blackout that spread across the Northeast and as far west as Ohio. Some 50 million people were affected, and the power outages lasted up to 31 hours.

Family Rescued In Pacific After Sailing 'Where God Led Us'

Aug. 11
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A leap of faith that sent an Arizona family bound for the South Pacific in a sailboat has returned them in an airplane after a harrowing ordeal at sea that saw them adrift and nearly out of food in one of the remotest stretches of ocean on the planet.

Police Rescue Teen, Kill Suspect In Idaho Wilderness

Aug. 11
Scott Neuman / NPR
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An intense, week-long search for teenager Hannah Anderson and her alleged abductor ended in the Idaho wilderness when police shot and killed the suspect and rescued the girl.

Lottery Winner Stays Grounded After $220 Million Jackpot

Aug. 11
NPR Staff / NPR
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Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Lottery Legend Has Seen A Lot Of Winning Tickets

Aug. 11
NPR Staff / NPR
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Life took a dramatic turn last week for 16 co-workers from a New Jersey town hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The employees of a government garage in Ocean County reportedly have one of three winning tickets in the $448 million Powerball jackpot announced Wednesday.

Faux Meth Is Big Business In 'Breaking Bad' Town

Aug. 11
Megan Kamerick / NPR
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On a hot summer afternoon in Albuquerque, N.M., the setting for the hit TV show Breaking Bad, a trolley that resembles a roving adobe house is packed with tourists.