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Stories for May 5, 2013

The Hidden Cost Of The Drone Program

May 5
NPR Staff / NPR
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A faint light has begun to shine in recent weeks on the secretive U.S. program of drone strikes and targeted killings.

Solar-Powered Airplane Completes First Leg Of U.S. Flight

May 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The Solar Impulse, an airplane traveling across the United States using only solar power, is in Phoenix today, after reaching Arizona from California Saturday. It took the plane about 20 hours to travel from Mountain View, Calif., near San Francisco.

Springs Fire May Be Fully Contained Monday, Officials Say

May 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Firefighting officials in California are optimistic that they can get more of the Springs Fire under control Sunday, as for the second day cooler temperatures and higher humidity are expected to help their cause. The fire could be entirely contained by Monday, they say.

Soccer Referee Dies, One Week After Being Felled By Punch

May 5
Bill Chappell / NPR
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A soccer referee who was punched by a player after calling a foul on him during a recreation soccer game in Utah died Saturday night, a week after he was hit once in the face. The suspect, who received a yellow card penalty from referee Ricardo Portillo, was arrested Monday and remains incarcerated, officials say.

On Southern California Cruise, A Splash Of 'Urban Ocean'

May 5
Kirk Siegler / NPR
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A cruise run by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., sounds like a picturesque summer outing. But the Urban Ocean boat cruise highlights the juxtaposition of a powerful port with a fragile ecosystem: You're just as likely to see trash as you are to see marine life.

Rain Brings Muddy Slopes For Ventura County Fire Crews

May 5
Associated Press
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Firefighters building containment lines around a huge Southern California wildfire struggled in muddy and slippery conditions as rain moved in today.