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Stories for February 9, 2013

Vultures Beware: Virginia Town Targets Flock Of Unwanted Visitors

Feb. 9
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It sounds like a horror story: Every few years, usually in the winter months, residents of the town of Leesburg, Va., come home from work to find their backyards overrun with turkey vultures. Not just a few birds, but hundreds of them. Everywhere.

Amid Daily Struggles, Gay Rights Movement Embraces Watershed Moments

Feb. 9
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From the sparks lit at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 to the whirl of same-sex marriage laws, the gay rights movement has made a lot of advances. But has it now reached a plateau?

From Making Snow Angels To Sledding, Finding Ways To Have #FunInTheSnow

Feb. 9
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The Northeast's latest winter storm, which the Weather Channel named Nemo, is winding down, but it has left behind more than 30 inches of snow in some places. It's also left a lot of people stranded, either #CoopedUp indoors or stuck in cars overnight on the Long Island Expressway.

An Accused Killer Seeks An Audience With Everyone

Feb. 9
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That's the header on a 14-page letter attributed to Christopher Dorner. The former Los Angeles police officer is the focus of a massive manhunt spanning California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico after he allegedly shot and killed three people -- including a police officer -- and wounded several others during a shooting spree.

The Blizzard 'Nemo' Highlights The Hype Cycle Of Storms

Feb. 9
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If you've wondered why the blizzard dumping snow on the Northeast has a name, look no further than The Weather Channel. At the start of this storm season, the 24-hour-weather network announced, much to the chagrin of The National Weather Service, that it would give names to winter storms.

Week in Review: Hospice Under Scrutiny And Creating Walkable Neighborhoods

Feb. 9
By Claire Trageser
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Our in depth investigation of hospices under scrutiny, the struggle to make San Diego neighborhoods walkable and the other news of the the week.

NYC Labor Chorus Tries To Hit Right Note, Attract New Voices

Feb. 9
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Union membership is at its lowest point since the 1930s. New figures show a drop, and only about 11 percent of workers belong to unions today.

For Some In Minneapolis, National Gun Debate Hits Close To Home

Feb. 9
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The December shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., revived a national debate about gun violence. It's one that's emotional and often highly personal, and it's happening in places far from the halls of Congress. Earlier this week, President Obama was in Minneapolis advocating new limits on guns; no law or set of laws, he said, can keep children completely safe. NPR's David Welna was there for the visit and sent this reporter's notebook about the voices he encountered.

Public Pressure, Background Checks Central To Obama Gun Control Strategy

Feb. 9
Mara Liasson / NPR
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Gun control historically has been one of the most divisive issues in Congress, between the parties and even inside the Democratic coalition. Yet some in President Obama's own party say he has put together a gun agenda that is sweeping without being too painful for most Democrats to support.

For Rural Towns, Postal Service Cuts Are A Loss Of Identity

Feb. 9
Steve Zind / NPR
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In rural Vermont, the U.S. Postal Service decision to discontinue Saturday letter delivery is yet another blow to an institution that's long been a fixture of village life.