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Stories for August 11, 2013

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How A Massive Power Outage Sent People Dancing In The Street

Aug. 11
Beth Fertig / NPR

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.

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

Aug. 11
Scott Neuman / NPR

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.

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Police Rescue Teen, Kill Suspect In Idaho Wilderness

Aug. 11
Scott Neuman / NPR

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.

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Lottery Winner Stays Grounded After $220 Million Jackpot

Aug. 11
NPR Staff / NPR

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.

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Lottery Legend Has Seen A Lot Of Winning Tickets

Aug. 11
NPR Staff / NPR

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.

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Faux Meth Is Big Business In 'Breaking Bad' Town

Aug. 11
Megan Kamerick / NPR

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.